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Posnack Student Earns Grand Prize in Smithsonian Teen Portrait Competition

Posnack School student Sofia G. was awarded one of two grand prizes in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery’s Teen Portrait Competition. Sofia won the grand-prize for ages 13–15 with her portrait “ What I Am, What I Think.”  Students Liana M. and Ellie M. were finalists in the competition. All the finalists’ work explored identity through the eyes of teens in America today and address themes such as urban life, family, climate change, race and LGBTQ+ youth. According to the Smithsonian judges, in this photograph of a young man wearing a crown of wilting flowers, [Sofia] deconstructs societal expectations of masculinity. Sofia’s photograph will go on view in the Portrait Gallery near the exhibition “The Outwin 2019: American Portraiture Today,” which showcases portraits by finalists of the triennial Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition who are 18 and older. Kol ha-kavod to all our finalists and mazel tov to Sofia on this great accomplishment.