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Portrait Party Free Community Festival
March 5, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

FREE and Open to the Public

Shark Tank by Perry Porter

Get personal with a festival celebrating The Outwin 2016: American Portraiture Today, which has traveled to TAM from the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. This is the first time that this national portrait competition has been on view outside of Washington, D.C., and TAM is the only West Coast location for the show. Hear rapid fire presentations about the appeal of contemporary portraiture from local artists, practice figure drawing with a live model, create haiku pairings with artwork, and pose for a Polaroid portrait! TAM’s galleries are open and free all day, too.

Schedule of Events

12:00 pm – Docent Tour of The Outwin 2016
12:30–2:30 pm – Portraits with Tim Mansen

Create portraits from a live model alongside artist Tim Mansen from the Tacoma Academy of Fine Arts.  Observe Tim’s artistic practice, ask questions, and learn insights about creating portraits.

1:30 pm – Docent Tour of The Outwin 2016
3:00 pm – Rapid Fire Portrait Presentations by Olivia CarsonDelaney BrownPerry Porter, Tim Mansen and Kelsey Vogan.


Ongoing (12–4 pm)

  • Figure Drawing with Live Models
  • Portrait Haikus in Outwin Galleries
  • Layered Portraiture Art Activity with Kelsey Vogan
  • Polaroid Portraits of Visitors by Ike & Tash‘s And Her
  • Artist Demonstrations from David Gray
    Observe Tacoma artist David Gray as he demonstrates the process of creating a portrait.  Gray’s work is described as “personal and contemporary expression of beauty and order which pays homage to the classical tradition in craftsmanship.”


Free Community Festivals are generously supported by the Tacoma Arts Commission. Seasonal support provided by ArtsFund.

Above: Amy Sherald, Miss Everything (Unsuppressed Deliverance) (detail), 2013. Oil on canvas, 54 × 43⅛ inches. Frances and Burton Reifler © Amy Sherald