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Portrait Party Free Community Festival
March 5, 2017 @ 12:00 pm4:00 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

Learn more about portraiture, the artists, and featured works. Tour guides will ask open-ended questions to inspire conversation.

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

Learn more about portraiture, the artists, and featured works. Tour guides will ask open-ended questions to inspire conversation.

3:00 pm – Rapid Fire Portrait Presentations by Olivia Carson, Delaney Brown, Perry Porter, Tim Mansen and Kelsey Vogan.
Olivia Carson of Behind The Sea Photography
  • Olivia Carson founded the wedding photography collective Behind The Sea to capture love stories in the greater Seattle area. She has a strong background in analog photography and uses her technical skills to create naturally-lit portraits.
  • Delaney Brown is a photographer and stylist from Seattle, WA. She specializes in fashion, food, and style.
  • Perry Porter is a songwriter and painter from Tacoma, WA. Porter’s portraits feature women of color with surreal and manga style art. Raised by several women, Porter believes that women are “magical in every aspect of the word… I want them to almost feel unreal. Something out of dream.”
  • Tim Mansen is a drawing instructor at the Tacoma Academy of Fine Art.
  • Kelsey Vogan is a Tacoma artist specializing in painting and drawing.


Ongoing (12–4 pm)

  • Portrait Haikus in The Outwin 2016 Galleries
  • Figure Drawing with Live Models with David Gray
    Observe Tacoma artist David Gray as he demonstrates the process of creating a portrait with a live model.  Gray’s signature style has been described as “personal and contemporary expression of beauty and order which pays homage to the classical tradition in craftsmanship.”
  • Layered Portraiture Art Activity with Kelsey Vogan

    Kelsey Vogan. Untitled, 2013-2015. Oil and acrylic on canvas.

    Tacoma artist Kelsey Vogan will guide visitors to create multidimensional layered works. Vogan’s goal when creating art is to “explore relationships between mood and form as purely physical elements, and to expose them as psychological environments.”

  • Polaroid Portraits of Visitors by Ike & Tash‘s And Her
    Throughout the festival, the local high school nonprofit group And Her will offer Polaroid portraits of visitors that can be taken home or shared with others on a magnetic wall. And Her is a service club dedicated to empowering girls in the Greater South Sound region, founded by local photographers Ike and Tash. And Her participants develop mentor relationships, leadership skills, community engagement, and strong bonds with other girls. Tash said, “I think it is so valuable for young people to have a role in the arts, especially in their own backyards. And Her‘s participation in the Portrait Party allows the community to see young people not only valuing the arts, but creating art in a way that is fun, innovative, and unique to their own creative expression.”


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