PORTRAITURE 2019 Call For Art Entry


It’s back! Portraiture is an endless source of inspiration for the artist. So much can be told (or kept secret) in the use of a portrait. The way artists portray people tells the world their story through the artists unique perspective and skills.

We’re looking for: innovation on the portrait, commentary through portraiture, the narrative capacity of portraiture, the exploration of self, art, culture, society, environment, values, or whatever is important to you through portraiture.

Please note this call will not display self-portraiture. Apply for SELF PORTRAIT 2019, the sister show to this one, just click here.

Juror: Jeremiah Morris - Curator, Founder of Specto Art Space

Specto takes the risk out of selling your work.

The deadline for entry has passed.

Applications are now under consideration. Artists will be notified June 2nd at the latest.

Entry Fees:

$12 for first 3 artworks

$6 per artwork (10 artwork maximum)

Media Accepted:

  • Photography

  • Digital Art

  • Graphic Design

  • Scanography

  • Phoneography

  • Traditional Media (painting, watercolor, etc) that is scanned and printable

  • New things that blow our minds! 

Anything we can print on our printers or display digitally will be considered!

 Specto prints, mats, and frames all works exhibited, at no additional cost to you!

Specto takes the hassle out of the exhibition process for the contemporary photographer or digital artist. We professionally print, mat, and frame ALL works exhibited at Specto This means no worry about the exorbitant cost of shipping!

File Specifications:

Please format your entry files in the following manner:

  • Filenames: Lastname_Firstname1.jpg, Lastname_Firstname2.jpg, etc. 

  • JPG, TIFF, PDF, PNG Accepted

  • 3MB maximum (this small file is for application review purposes only)

  • Please remember you MUST have a print file available that is large enough to be printed in any of the above dimensions at 300DPI.

Entry Guidelines

Each exhibition will be featured on our website and social media channels over the course of the exhibition dates. Specto receives an average of 20-40k views on our various channels every month, and inclusion in our shows has led to other gallery exhibitions, sales, and connections for our artists.

This exhibition will be available on a slideshow gallery during Superfine! DC 2019. Visitors to our booth will be able to view this exhibition in its entirety.


YOUR WORK at Superfine! DC 2019 - DC’s Fine Art Fair


Best in Show winners receive space for their work in our booth at the 2019 Superfine! DC Fine Art Fair! This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity allows any artist to put their work in front of thousands of gallerists, curators, art buyers, collectors and more. For more information on Superfine! click here!

Honorable Mention Awards are also given out for every show. Specto awards two (2) artists with $100 awards, and (3) artists with free entry to our annual portfolio prize application.

Specto Print Shop

Each exhibition will be available for purchase through our site. We strive to engage meaningful art markets and buyers, and will work to promote your work as much as we can. Specto provides limited edition prints of your work for sale. Specto does not require any up front cost from artists through this process.

Every work is promoted and sold on our site for 60 days, beginning the opening day of the exhibition.

Each artist is provided with a certificate of authenticity, which once returned to Specto, is provided with every print we sell. We professionally print, edition, and ship your work directly to buyers. Sell your art, without lifting a finger!

Artists set their own prices. Specto retains 35% of all sales.

Additional Information

Notification of Acceptance:

10-14 Days after Deadline

Specto will notify all artists 10-14 days after deadline of the results of their application. Accepted artists will have 7 days to provide print ready files, after that point waitlisted artists will be substituted in. Specto will help with this process, so if you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to ask!

Print Info:

Specto creates your prints using an Epson SureColor P6000 archival printer, everything is color calibrated to offer the best possible, professional printing for your work. For an additional cost for the buyer, we mat your work using archival matboard, cut to your work’s specifications. The works are mounted using photo corners, so that there is no damage to your print. Specto also offers framing of works for our customers. Specto offers exhibition prints up to 16” on the smallest side.


After each show every work is cataloged in an archive to create a resource for other galleries, curators, or purchasers to utilize. This allows Specto to continue to promote each artist on a continual basis, so that your work is being seen well beyond the dates of each specific show.


Artists will always retain copyright of their works. We will use your work in promotional materials to advertise for shows you're involved in, but only with your permission. Specto will never print, distribute, or sell your work without your consent. We also don't utilize clauses to require you to not show your work again for a certain amount of time or anything tricky like that. Remember, we're artists too, so we will always treat your work how we would want someone to treat ours. 


All sales at Specto will include a 35% commission, which means 35% of the sale price will go to Specto with 65% going to the artist.

Find any of this confusing?

It can be a little daunting at first, and we totally understand that. Please don't hesitate to contact us! No question is a dumb question, everyone has to start somewhere! 


See our listing at CallForEntries.com