Hugo Crosthwaite Wins $25,000 USD National Portrait Gallery Prize

Becoming the first Latinx artist to claim the award.

By
Arts
10,950 Hypes 16 Comments

Artist Hugo Crosthwaite has been awarded the first-prize in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery’s Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, claiming a $25,000 reward and the chance to create artwork for the museum’s permanent collection. The winning piece, Portrait of Berenice Sarmiento Chávez, 2018, employed Crosthwaite’s signature technique of stop-motion drawing animation to depict an intimate, yet collectively shared, story of immigration through the lens of Berenice Sarmiento Chávez.

Crosthwaite referenced first-hand information to create the three-minute montage, having the story recounted to him by Chávez herself. The video illustrates some of the dire stories of her migration along the Tijuana-San Diego, U.S./Mexico border, delving into her deportation back to Tijuana and continual pursuit of the “American Dream.”

“We are defined by the stories that we tell ourselves,” Crosthwaite stated. “Either real or imagined, to deal with difficult situations in our lives.”

“The story of Berenice, as I interviewed her, had elements of exaggeration, perhaps even fantasy, but it also speaks to universal truths about the disenfranchisement and vulnerability of immigrants and the violence that is prevalent against women in the U.S./Mexico border. Rather than playing the role of journalist where I recount a factual event, I have left the video open to interpretation just as Berenice left me with her vague and unsettling story.”

It’s a historic win for Crosthwaite, who has become the first Latinx artist to claim the award since its founding in 2006. As part of his prize, he also receives a commission to create a portrait of a notable living person for the National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection.

Crosthwaite is now showing A Portrait of Berenice Sarmiento Chávez at the National Portrait Gallery’s “The Outwin 2019: American Portraiture Today” exhibition. In November, he will open “TIJUAS! Death March, Tijuana Bibles, and Other Legends” at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, where he is currently represented.

Elsewhere in the art world, Do Ho Suh’s transparent home installation has recently been added to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s collection.

National Portrait Gallery
8th St. NW & F St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

Read Full Article

What to Read Next

Primitive Skateboarding Debuts Immense 'Naruto Shippuden' Collaboration
Fashion

Primitive Skateboarding Debuts Immense 'Naruto Shippuden' Collaboration

Naruto, Itachi, Sasuke and other favorites appear on hoodies, tees, skate decks and much more.

Watch Coldplay Perform Upside Down in New "Orphans" Video
Music

Watch Coldplay Perform Upside Down in New "Orphans" Video

One of the lead singles from the forthcoming album, ‘Everyday Life.’

Fake Ass Flowers Launches Special Collection at Pigalle Gallery Tokyo
Fashion

Fake Ass Flowers Launches Special Collection at Pigalle Gallery Tokyo

A new drop from Verdy-affiliated YouthQuake.


Take a Look Inside Snow Peak's First London Store
Fashion

Take a Look Inside Snow Peak's First London Store

The outdoor lifestyle brand has landed in St. James Market.

Nike Delivers Even More Air Force 1 GORE-TEX Sneakers
Footwear

Nike Delivers Even More Air Force 1 GORE-TEX Sneakers

Another slew of bold winterized silhouettes.

N.HOOLYWOOD Reunites With Casio G-SHOCK for Military-Indebted DW-5600
Fashion

N.HOOLYWOOD Reunites With Casio G-SHOCK for Military-Indebted DW-5600

Safety orange hues and mil-spec branding.

More ▾
 
Subscribe to our Newsletter

Gain access to exclusive interviews with industry creatives, think pieces, trend forecasts, guides and more.

By subscribing, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Help us serve you better

We appreciate your support in allowing HYPEBEAST ads, where we can share contents from the latest fashion, to those culturally relevant. In adding HYPEBEAST to your ad blocker's whitelist, ads on our sites will show while you continue to browse.

Help Support Us

We need ads to keep the lights on and to continue providing free news to our readers. We’d appreciate your support by whitelisting HYPEBEAST on your ad blocker. That way you can keep reading all the great stories for free.

If you have already whitelisted us, simply refresh this page. To find out how to whitelist us, click the button below.

Back

Add Us to Whitelist

We appreciate your support in allowing HYPEBEAST ads. Most ad blockers have similar whitelisting steps and settings. If you need assistance, please contact us.

Adblock Plus

  1. Click on the red ABP icon in the upper right corner of your browser.
  2. Click “Enabled on this site” to disable ad blocking for the current site. In Firefox click “disable on HYPEBEAST”.
  3. Refresh the HYPEBEAST page that you were viewing.

Adblock

  1. Click the AdBlock hand icon.
  2. Click “Don’t run on pages on this domain”.
  3. A new “Don’t run AdBlock on…” dialog may be displayed in the middle of the screen.
  4. Move the “Site” slider to the right. After that, click “Exclude”.
  5. Refresh the HYPEBEAST page that you were viewing.

uBlock

  1. Click the uBlock icon.
  2. Click the large blue “power” button in the menu that appears to whitelist the current website.
  3. Reload the HYPEBEAST page that you were viewing.

Firefox Browser

Firefox Tracking Protection may activate our whitelist notice, which can be disabled temporarily for a browsing session by clicking the shield icon in the URL bar and following the instructions.

Disconnect

  1. Click the Disconnect icon.
  2. Click “Whitelist site”.
  3. Refresh the HYPEBEAST page that you were viewing.