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WMoCA International Biennial Portrait Competition 2019
By Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art

International Deadline: February 18, 2019 – The Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art is now accepting entries for our International Biennial Portrait Competition!

We are excited to offer this new exhibit every two years to bring the best portrait painters from around the world to the heart of America. Serious venues for portrait and figurative painting are few and far between in the US. We believe this exhibition, as it grows, will rival that of the Smithsonian’s Outwin Boochever, in Washington, DC, and the BP Portrait Awards, in London, England.

This year’s juror is Margaret Bowland, Painting Instructor, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY.

Accepted works will be on exhibit at the Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art from April 9, through June 29, 2019.

The competition is open to artists, 18 years or older INTERNATIONALLY. Artists working in any 2D medium are encouraged to enter, with the exception of video and computer-generated work.

Cash Awards & Reception for the Artists TBA.

Visit us online for more information and easy online Application.

Sales are encouraged with a 35% commission benefitting the Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art. As a condition of entry, the artist grants WMOCA permission to reproduce entered images for publicity and education.


  • February 18, 2019– call closes
  • March 1, 2019 – notification of accepted artists
  • March 29, 2019 – deadline for receiving all artwork
  • April 9, 2019 – exhibit opens
  • April TBA, 2019 – Opening Reception with Margaret Bowland announcing the Awards.
  • June 29, 2019– Exhibition closes

Visit us online for more information and easy online Application.

If you have questions, please email David Hummer at or call 715-571-6551

About: The Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art will inspire generations of north central Wisconsin residents and visitors from throughout the nation to understand and appreciate the art of our time.

We are located in the historic Wausau Club at 309 McClellan Street in the very heart of Wausau’s vibrant downtown, featuring works by internationally established artists from coast to coast. Our goal is to unleash our region’s creative energy and to engage a broad and diverse audience in conversation about how art connects us, allowing us to grow and thrive as a community.

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