Our newest Challenge

Mixed-media Self-portrait

Deadline to Submit – January 17, 2018

The history of self-portraits is long and varied. From Leonardo da Vinci’s likeness in red chalk, to court painters such as Velázquez painting their own image into commissioned portraits of others, to Janine Antoni’s busts made of chocolate and soap, each artist has devised their own unique way to depict themselves. Only, often it is not just a likeness that is depicted, but a state of mind, of how one sees oneself, or of how one is imagined to be seen by others. A self-portrait is more than a portrait of the self, it can be a portrait of one’s relationships, and one’s place in the world. It may represent your best self, or your worst self. How you are, or how you wish to be.

For this Challenge, we want you to create a self-portrait. Show us who you are and how you fit into this world. For an extra challenge, not only do we want you to create a self-portrait but we ask to see a mixed-media self-portrait. Embroidery on paper or a photograph? Crewelwork collage? Stumpwork and ceramic sculpture? We can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Frida Kahlo said, “I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.” Yet, perhaps, if we all were to look upon each other’s self-portraits, we would realize that we are not alone, and how much it is that we have in common with others.


Visit our Inspiration Page to learn how to enter and more about the history of self-portraits

Complete Rules Here