National Portrait Gallery Director's Essay Prize
Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery (Washington, DC)
Friday, May 24, 2024
Review Begins: 
Thursday, April 25, 2024

Nominations due May 24, 2024

Founded in 2019, the Director’s Essay Prize celebrates leading research in the field of U.S. portraiture. The award includes a cash prize of $3,000 for the author of a published essay that explores and enriches the interdisciplinary nature of American art, biography, history and cultural identity. The recipient will present on their essay topic at the National Portrait Gallery during an award ceremony in fall 2024.

To qualify, scholarly essays of minimum 4,000 words must have been published in print or online within the past three years. Scholars may self-nominate or nominate the work of their peers.  

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