'Rice, Noodles and Glue' Wins National Portrait Gallery's 'Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2013 People's Choice'
The votes are in, the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery's "Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2013 People's Choice" award goes to Saeri Kiritani of Forest Hills, N.Y., who created "100 Pounds of Rice" a sculpture made from rice, rice noodles, Elmers Glue, epoxy glue, wood and metal sticks. The museum's blog is featuring each artist in the show, Kiritani was interviewed earlier this year and talks about her work in a post on the museum's blog face2face.si.edu.
In March, the museum announced that Bo Gehring of Beacon, N.Y., received first prize from the jury. Gehring's prize was awarded for a video titled "Jessica Wickham."
Voters registered their choice through a free mobile app (iOS and Android). Voting closed Saturday, Sept. 21 at 5 p.m. EST. The app also offers tours of the exhibition, interviews with artists and jurors and inside information about the finalists.
The 48 works included in the exhibition are finalists in the nation's most prestigious portrait competition. Of more than 3,000 entries submitted from across the country, just 48 were chosen for the show; seven of these were selected by a jury for the short list. Submissions included digital animation and video, large-scale drawings, prints, photographs and textiles, as well as painted and sculpted portraits. More information about the artists including interviews and more about their creative process is available on the museum's app and dedicated webpage: portraitcompetition.si.edu.