Call For Papers: Scholar Day at the National Portrait Gallery

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Call for Papers
April 18, 2019 to June 18, 2019
United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Colonial America, African American History / Studies, Native American History / Studies

Scholar Day at the National Portrait Gallery

September 6, 2019

The National Portrait Gallery, 8th and G Streets, Washington, D.C. 20001


Call for Papers: submissions due Tuesday, June 18, 2019, to

The National Portrait Gallery calls for applications for a half-day writing workshop. The selected two scholars will receive critical, constructive feedback about pre-circulated samples of writing drafts during an in-person workshop on the afternoon of September 6. The workshop will convene NPG curators and historians as well as local scholars. Its aim is to nurture and support the development of scholarship that enriches the field of portraiture and visual biography.

We invite submissions of writing that challenge the field of portraiture and explore categories of race, class, gender, and/or ethnicity. Each of the two scholars chosen will receive an honorarium.

The biennial Scholar Day is presented by the National Portrait Gallery’s scholarly center, PORTAL= Portraiture + Analysis.


To be eligible:

  • Scholars must have an in-progress draft of an article or chapter from a forthcoming book in manuscript format
  • Scholars must be available to attend the afternoon seminar at the National Portrait Gallery on September 6, 2019

Please note that no work written by an employee of the Smithsonian or produced by a Smithsonian publications office is eligible.


To apply, please email the following as a single PDF to

1.) Short CV: 1-2 pages

2.) Proposal: 1 page, 500 words single-spaced.

3.) Statement explaining the relationship between the paper and your other work: 1 page


Selection Process

A panel of judges from the National Portrait Gallery will review all applications. Two applicants will be chosen to participate in the workshop. Selected participants will be notified by July 2019.



Attend as a Guest Scholar

We will pre-circulate papers to participating scholars. If you would like to attend, please email to RSVP and request copies of the papers.  Attendance is limited.

Contact Info: 

Please contact Jacqueline Petito, program assistant, at 202-633-8505 or with any questions.

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