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The Portrait Society of America Announces the 2012 Fall Portrait Academy

09-28-2012 11:21 AM CET | Arts & Culture

Press release from: Howard R. Miller Communications

MIAMI – September 19, 2012 –The Portrait Society of America proudly announces its 2012 Fall Portrait Academy to be held on November 2nd and 3rd at the Fairchild Gardens and Vizcaya Museum & Gardens in Miami, Florida. The two-day event features an artist demonstration by Hodges Soileau, a lecture by Professor David Chang and a Plein Air workshop with Hodges Soileau, David Chang and Kerry Vosler. The City of Miami Arts & Entertainment Council is the proud sponsor of this enriching and educational event.

The Fall Portrait Academy kicks off at 12:30 p.m. on November 2nd at the Fairchild Gardens, located in 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, Florida 33156, with a lecture to commemorate one of the art history’s most well-known portrait artists, John Singer Sargent, given by David Chang, a nationally renowned artist and professor at Florida International University. A portrait demonstration in the outdoor setting of the Fairchild Gardens follows the lecture at 2 p.m. Hodges Soileau, an award winning artist, is scheduled to demonstrate his approach to the protrait from a live model.

“John Singer Sargent has always been considered the leading portrait painter of his generation,” said Chang, “and was among the extended house guests of the Vizcaya’s owner of the time, James Deering.”

On Saturday, November 3rd, the event continues at 10 a.m. with a Plein Air Workshop at the historical Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, located in 3251 South Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33129. Attendees of the workshop have the opportunity to receive one-on-one instruction from faculty members Hodges Soileau, David Chang and Kerry Vosler.

Attendees can choose to attend the Friday program for $45, or the two-day format which includes the Friday program as well as the Saturday program for $159. For more information and a program schedule, visit and click on events and portrait academies.

Attendees can register by phone by calling, toll free, 1-877-772-4321 and providing a Visa or Master Card number; by mail: download a registration form and mail payment with a check or credit card number to PO Box 11272, Tallahassee, FL 32302; by fax: fax the registration form to 850-222-7890; or online: visit to register.

To requests a registration form be sent to you by mail or by email, send information to Carolyn Tarpley at

About Portrait Society of America
The Portrait Society of America was founded in 1998 as a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to further the traditions of fine art portraiture and figurative art. The Portrait Society is committed through its mission to providing educational resources to anyone interested in technical information, traditional aesthetics and the history of figurative art and portraiture. It offers complementary copies of The Art of the Portrait Journal and International Artist Magazine to all of our members. Additionally, it started contributing to American Art Collector Magazine on topics related to portraiture and figurative art today.

About Miami Art and Entertainment Council
The Miami Art and Entertainment Council serves in an advisory capacity and makes recommendations to the city regarding endorsements and support of specific Miami art and entertainment special events, performances and productions. The Miami Art and Entertainment Council helps determine whether the city should accept or acquire any specific art and seek public participation in all cultural events in the city of Miami. The council also serves as the city’s official liaison with major arts and entertainment facilities and organizations to attract arts and entertainment programs to the City of Miami.

For information about the Miami Art and Entertainment Council, email Mercedes Lopez Cisneros, City of Miami Art & Entertainment Council, at

Howard Miller
Howard R. Miller Communications
1175 NE 125 Street, Miami, FL 33161

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