The Island Faces Portrait Contest, held by the Martha’s Vineyard Museum and Featherstone Center for the Arts, is now complete.
Approximately 60 paintings, drawings, and photographs were received and are now being judged by a panel of four judges. As part of the competition, the public is asked to vote for their favorite portrait in a special People’s Choice category, the results of which will be unveiled in an exhibition to open on October 14 at Featherstone.
Voting is now taking place online at ifcontest.wordpress.com. In addition to images of the portraits, artist statements explaining the reasons why different Islanders were chosen as subject matters are also available to read.
Separate from the People’s Choice vote, a panel of four judges will jury the competition portion of the contest. The winning portraits from the juried contest will debut at the Museum’s Summer Opening Reception on June 15 and remain on display through October 6.
Judges include Carol Craven, former director of the Carol Craven Gallery and now a private art consultant; Steve DiRado, photographer and senior lecturer of Studio Arts at Clark University; Michael Hunter, stylist and owner of PIKNIK Art and Apparel in Oak Bluffs; and Francine Kelly, former executive director of Featherstone.