Friday, March 16, 2018

A Celebration 20 Years in the Making

Networking, Demonstrations, Viewing the Finalist’s original artwork,
One-on-One Portfolio Critiques, Book Signings, Panel Discussions....
and so much more is being offered
at the annual The Art of the Portrait conference. 
We look forward to seeing you at our 20th anniversary celebration!

Thank you for registering for our 20th annual The Art of the Portrait® conference being held from April 19-22, 2018.  The program starts with Badge Pick Up and the Grand Opening of the Art Materials Expo Hall in the Regency Ballroom on Thursday, April 19 at 4:00pm. The popular Face-off event, which features 18 artists painting from models, begins the same evening at 4:30pm in the Grand Ballroom.

For the next three days you will be part of a community of artists that share a passion for portraiture and figurative work.  In addition to a full agenda you will be able to view original artwork by the 24 finalists, shop for the latest art materials, attend the CBF Saturday morning panel discussion, purchase artwork at our 6x9 Mystery Art sale, attend an inspirational program on Sunday morning and participate in our new Drawing Studio being held Thursday and Friday from 7:30pm-10:00pm

The weekend sessions end on Sunday, April 22 at 12:30pm, and buses leave at 1:00pm for an optional excursion to visit the National Portrait Gallery (tickets must be pre-purchased for the bus).

It is our goal to provide you a weekend full of activities aimed at assisting you in your artistic journey, encouraging your growth, and providing a burst of inspiration! I look forward to greeting you next month at The Art of the Portrait conference.


P.S. Below are our frequently asked questions.  Have your own question we haven't address?  Post it at the end of this blog and we'll answer it. We encourage you to ask any question that is on your mind as we want your experience to be positive and welcoming. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who are the Faculty Artists?
Our talented and nationally-known faculty will be presenting an array of demonstrations, panel discussions, inspirational talks, portfolio critiques, paintings for the Silent Auction, 6x9 Mystery Art Sale works, and so much more...A special thank you to our 2018 distinguished faculty: Leslie Adams, Anna Rose Bain, Wende Caporale, Judith Carducci, Rick Casali, Casey Childs, Michelle Dunaway, Rose Frantzen, Daniel Gerhartz, Daniel Greene, James Gurney, James Head, Jeffrey Hein, Quang Ho, Edward Jonas, David Kassan, Daniel Keys, Everett Raymond Kinstler, Robert Liberace, Ricky Mujica, Michael Shane Neal, Paul Newton, Richard Ormond, Mario Robinson, Mary Sauer, Burton Silverman, Adrienne Stein, Jennifer Welty, Dawn Whitelaw, and Mary Whyte.  Also we appreciate Linda Tracey Brandon, Joseph Daily, Virgil Elliott, Liz Lindstrom, Teresa Mattos and Michael Mentler for being the models for the Face-Off and teaching in the new Drawing Studio Thursday and Friday from 7:30pm-10:00pm.

When & Where Do We Pick Up Name Badges?
You can pick up your name badge in the Regency Ballroom on Thursday starting at 4:00pm. Please wear your name badge at all times during the conference. Your name badge shows you are a registered participant and will be checked before you are allowed to enter classes or the General Session. Look in the back of your plastic name badge holder for all your tickets for events and classes.

Can I Buy Discounted Art Materials & Products? 
The Expo Hall's Grand Opening is on Thursday at 4:00pm with a wide variety of art materials all in one place so that you will be able to shop and see the latest products on the market. Shopping hours are:
                  Thursday:   4:00pm-7:30pm                     Saturday:  10:00am-5:00pm
                  Friday:       10:00am-5:30pm                    Sunday:     8:00am-12:30pm
Exhibitors this year are:  Artwork Archive, Gamblin Artists Colors, General Pencil Company, Jack Richeson & Co, Inc., Michael Harding Art Material, Natural Pigments, New Wave Fine Art Products, RayMar Art, Rosemary & Co., Silver Brush Limited, and Studio Incamminati School for Contemporary Realist Art.  

What Should I Wear – We recommend you dress in whatever you are comfortable wearing, you will see attendees in a variety of dress from business to dressy casual.  We encourage you to dress up for the banquet as we celebrate 20 years of The Art of the Portrait with a champagne toast and special video.

Alumni Club Photo We will be taking a 20th anniversary photograph so please stay in the Grand Ballroom on Friday at 12:45 for a group photograph.  

What if I Bring a Portfolio for a Critique?
Among one of the most popular programs at the conference are the individual portfolio critiques, which will be held in Regency Foyer, located on the Lobby Level at the lunch break on Friday and Saturday.  (We will not have portfolio tables for display this year.)

Will there be Book Signings during the Conference?
Yes, there will be a variety of book signings throughout the weekend. On Friday at 10:00am:  James Gurney, and at 4:00pm:  Robert Barrett, Casey Childs, Virgil Elliott, Daniel Greene, Michael Mentler and Mario Robinson.  On Saturday at 10:00am: Daniel Greene and Everett Raymond Kinstler, and at 12:30:  Rose Frantzen, James Gurney, and Mary Whyte; at 4:45pm: Daniel Gerhartz. Then, on Sunday at 10:00am: Richard Ormond.

Where can I see the Portrait Finalists and vote for my People's Choice?
The top 24 artworks from the International Portrait Competition will be on display in Lake Anne, right outside the Grand Ballroom, for attendees to enjoy. Don’t forget to place your vote for the People’s Choice award. You will receive your ballot when you pick up your name badge. Please place your ballot in the ballot box located in Lake Anne by Saturday at 2:00pm.

What is the 6x9 Mystery Art Sale on Friday?
This is a fast-paced and exciting event. Our 6x9: Limited Size, Unlimited Talent Mystery Art Sale will take place Friday night, April 20, in the Grand Ballroom. Doors will open for viewing at 5:30pm and the sale will begin at 5:45pm. The work on display is created by past and current faculty, gold medal recipients and other award winners. Each panel will be offered at a set price of $250. Only after purchase will the buyer discover whose painting they have acquired.

When does the Silent Auction for the Face-Off Demonstration Paintings End?
Through the generosity of the artists participating in the Face-Off event, we are offering their demonstration paintings for purchase in a silent auction. The auction will be held immediately following the 6x9 Art Sale. The last bid will be accepted at 6:00pm on Friday in the Grand Ballroom. If we have active bidding right up to the 6:00pm deadline, we will go to a live auction to complete the sale.

What do I need to know about the Gala Awards Banquet on Saturday night? There will be a Cocktail Reception (cash bar from 6:00pm-7:00pm) in the Grand Ballroom Foyer, doors open at 7:00pm for General Seating. If you purchased a ticket, it will be in your name badge. Remember to bring the ticket with you to the Grand Ballroom. Any available banquet tickets will be posted on a bulletin board. Seating will begin at 7:00pmTo celebrate our 20th year, feel free to dress up, the banquet this year will be black tie optional.

Is there a Sunday afternoon excursion this year?
Yes, buses leave for the National Portrait Gallery at 1:00pm.  Tickets for the bus are limited.  If you have pre- purchased a ticket for the Sunday Bus Trip (tickets will be in your name badge), please be outside the lobby entrance of the Hyatt by 12:45pm on Sunday to start loading.  Any available bus tickets will be posted on the bulletin board just inside the Exhibit Room.  If you pre-purchased a Zippy Lunch for Sunday, please pick up your lunch in the ballroom foyer before loading on the bus. Buses will return to the hotel approximately around 6:30pm.

What are the Dining Options for the Weekend?
The Hyatt Regency Reston is offering a variety of meal options including reasonable cash sales for breakfast and Zippy Lunches on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Order your Zippy Lunch the day before by filling out the forms available in the Grand Ballroom Foyer and placing them in the basket by the morning break. 
  • Friday, Saturday and Sunday Breakfast:  The hotel will have an easy and reasonable cash sales breakfast set up in the Grand Ballroom foyer just for Portrait Society attendees. They will offer a variety of selections such as yogurt, fruit, bagels, muffins and will also offer coffee, juice and sodas.
  • Friday, Saturday and Sunday Lunchtime:  Easy to order Zippy lunches will be available.  Order your Zippy lunch the day before by filling out the forms available in the Grand Ballroom Foyer and placing them in the basket. 
  • Other Options:  In addition to the in-house restaurant, Tavern 64, there are a variety of over 30 restaurants within walking distance, at a variety of prices and cuisine, including Big Bowl, Be Right Burger, Cosi, Passion Fish, Clyde’s, Potbelly Sandwich, Subway, Starbucks and Sweetgreen.  Panera Bread is on the first floor of the Hyatt Regency Reston.
Travel Notes
Closest Airport is Washington Dulles
The hotel offers Complimentary Shuttle Service that arrives at Dulles Airport at the top of each hour with the pick-up and drop-off point at curbs 2A and 2H. Cabs are also available, and the fare is approximately $15.

Location of Event and Hotel Reservations
Hyatt Regency Reston
1800 Presidents Street
Reston, VA 20190
(703) 709-1234

Currently our hotel block for the Hyatt Regency Reston is full. You may call the Hyatt Regency Reston at (703) 709-1234 for information about possible cancellations.  We have made arrangements for room blocks at additional local hotels, listed below. When contacting our overflow hotels, be sure to ask for the Portrait Society's special room rate.  

Hyatt House Herndon/Reston
467 Herndon Pkwy, Herndon, VA 20170
(703) 437-5000

Sheraton Reston
11810 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA 20191  
(703) 620-9000

If you are staying at the Hyatt Regency Reston, you will automatically receive a 50% discount on the overnight rate of $16.  If you are driving in and need to park, you can stop by the Portrait Society registration desk for ‘chaser ticket’ that you give you the discount on exit of the parking garage.  Self-parking for non-registered guests with the discount is $10 a day, 


  1. Post any travel or program questions here. We look forward to seeing you April 19-22, 2018.

  2. Hi.. I am considering taking the train. Is there a shuttle service from Union Statiin in DC?
    Also wondering roughly what time we'll be returning from the Portrait Gallery on Sunday. Thank you!!

  3. The subway runs out to Reston now, you would switch at Farragut West and then to Wiehle-Reston East.

    We should be back to the hotel around 6pm. If you want to leave from downtown to Union Station on Sunday you can put your luggage on the bus.

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