Student Selected for Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, Included in Group Exhibition

November 5, 2015

Visual Arts student Allison Janae Hamilton is a finalist for the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, a juried exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. The exhibition, which includes 43 pieces of sculpture, photography, painting, drawing and mixed media, highlights work of contemporary portraiture, and will be on view at the museum from March 12, 2016 to January 8, 2017. Winners will be announced at a press preview scheduled for March 10; the first-prize winner will receive $25,000 and a commission to create a portrait for the museum’s permanent collection.

Hamilton’s work, which invites the viewer to question conventional concepts of fiction and reality through environmental portraiture, photography and installation, is also included in the current group exhibition Dandy Lion: (Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity at the Silvereye Center for Photography in Philadelphia. The exhibition, open until November 14, explores representations of male blackness within popular culture, highlighting young men whose fashion sensibilities mix Victorian-era fixations with traditional African ones, as well as addressing such myths as that of the young black man as a “thug.”

You can view more of Allison Janae Hamilton’s work here.