Professional and amateur artists aged 18 or older residing in Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Delaware, and West Virginia are invited to submit entries to the competition. Finalists from the competition will be featured in the 6th annual Expressions Portrait Exhibit at ArtSpace Herndon Tuesday, October 7 through Sunday November 2, 2014.  Winners of the competition will be announced during the awards reception on Saturday, October 11, 2014, 7 to 9 p.m.

The entry deadline is Tuesday September 9, 2014 at 2 p.m.

Click here for contest rules and to register.

This year’s judge is Jordan Xu and the jurors are Judith Peck and Michela Mansuino.

Jordan Xu

Jordan began studying portrait painting at the Art League School in the historic Alexandria, Virginia, under the tutelage of Washingtonian artist Kurt Schwarz and later Danni Dawson. Over the years, Jordan has developed a style that combines classical realism with intensely vibrant colors and broad, casual brushwork.


Portraiture remains one of Jordan’s primary focuses as he searches relentlessly for more ways to capture the stories and emotions behind the faces. The subjects in his portraits often present the image of people in our everyday life as well as various cultures around the world. One of the most important aspects of his portrait and figure work is that he tries to describe the subjects in their “natural habitat”, where they are placed in their favorite environment or performing their favorite activity.


Jordan’s artworks often depict scenes and people he has seen or met during his travels as well as daily life experiences. Throughout his painting career, he passionately pursues the perfect depiction of a rich, diverse world, anywhere from the picturesque water alleys of Venice to the quiet wooded hills of New Hampshire. His love for the different cultures and their people is apparent in his works like the painting of the Egyptian man standing next to his camel or the Brazilian teenager trotting down the street on horseback.

Jordan now lives in Lovettsville, Virginia as a freelance artist. top

Judith Peck

Judith Peck has made it her life’s work to paint about history and healing. A graduate of the George Washington University with a degree in fine arts, she has exhibited her work in venues nationwide including Target Gallery in Alexandria, Virginia and the Masur Museum of Art in Monroe, Louisiana both awarding Peck the juror’s award, Aqua Art Miami, a solo at the Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts in New Castle, Pennsylvania, and Principle gallery both in Alexandria and Charleston. She has received the Strauss Fellowship Grant from Fairfax County, Virginia, as well as a purchase grant from the District of Columbia’s Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
Her paintings have been featured numerous times in Poets /Artists Magazine, as well as The Artist’s Magazine, American Art Collector Magazine, iARTisas, Combustus, Catapult Magazine and The Kress Project book published by the Georgia Museum of Art.
Affiliated with Mayer Fine Art, Norfolk, and represented by Gallery 65 in McLean, VA and Gallery C in Raleigh, NC and Alida Anderson Art Projects in Potomac, MD, Judith Peck’s work is collected internationally. top

Michela Mansuino

Michela Mansuino was born in 1961, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Both her parents were classical musicians who emigrated from Italy after World War II. At four months her family moved to Washington D.C. During her middle and high school years she attended the Corcoran Museum’s Saturday ceramics classes. Also, starting when she was sixteen, during summer sojourns to Siena, Italy, she began to understudy master fresco painter Otello Chiti. She graduated magna cum laude from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art in 1983 with a BFA in painting and printmaking. In her senior year in Philadelphia, she was a finalist in an emerging artists award exhibition by Artists Equity Association, invited to show pastels of pastries in a local gallery and also the Philadelphia Museum Of Art gift shop.

She worked in her uncle’s jewelry shop in Florence, Italy, for two years ‘1984 -85’ to be able to visit museums and paint on her days off. In 1986, Otello Chiti offered her use of his studio in Poggibonsi, Siena, for a year to paint the surrounding countryside en plein air. In 1987, a year later, Michela moved to San Gimignano which culminated in a show of Tuscan Landscape Paintings at Gallery K, in Dupont Circle, in Washington D.C., then a prestigious gallery in 1988.

She moved to Brazil in 1989, first to Rio and then Recife where her parents had lived. She married there, and painted landscapes in the bright tropical light year round for 15 years. Michela showed her paintings regularly in Washington, at Zenith Gallery at this time. Her greatest commission in 1999 was a 32 square meter private chapel mural that took 14 months to complete. Another commission of note was a two meter wide oil painting of a water view from the pier of a marina.

In 2000-2005 Michela taught middle and high school drawing, painting and ceramics at the American School of Recife, where her son was matriculated. From this experience she says she was impressed that the crucial ages for learning are between 7 and 14 and that learning to model in clay greatly educates the mind to see form properly.

She returned to the USA in 2005 to study the Master’s Program for Art Education at George Mason University. It was not the right direction for her and after completing a year she went to study with Robert Liberace at the Art League.

Her most recent award was the 2014 -15 Maggie Price Scholarship Award through Jack Richeson & Co, to attend Studio Incamminati’s full time program. Her most recent honors have come from the Portrait Society of America, in both years, 2010 and 2011 in sculpture and painting respectively. She was also recognized with the Vincenzo Palumbo Artisan Award through the Italian Cultural Society.

Michela currently shows and sells her paintings through four galleries in the greater Washington Metropolitan area. She has maintained a teaching position at The Great Falls School of Art for the last five years, and has completed her first year in the full time human realist program at Studio Incamminati. top

2013 Winner Emily (oil) by Marcus Beauregard
2013 Winner
Emily (oil) by Marcus Beauregard
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2013 2nd place: Silver and Burgundy (My Wife Jasmine)(oil on linen) by Gavin Glakas

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2013 3rd place: Self Portrait (oil on Stainless Steel) by Patricia McMahon Rice

.ArtSpace Herndon’s 6th Annual Portrait Competition is sponsored byCouncil for the Arts of Herndon

-Featured Image: 2013 Winner: Emily (oil) by Marcus Beauregard