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A Portrait of Berenice Sarmiento Chávez by Hugo Crosthwaite, the winner of the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. The work is a stop-motion animation running three minutes and 12 seconds. Collection of the artist/Courtesy of Luis De Jesus Los Angeles

The National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC announced today that it has chosen the San Diego artist Hugo Crosthwaite as the winner of its 2019 artists competition, which is held every three years with the goal of encouraging works that challenge the definition of portraiture.

Crosthwaite, who was born in Mexico and is the first Latino artist to take the top prize in the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, will receive $25,000 and a commission to create a portrait of a living person for the museums permanent collection. For his contest entry, he had submitted a stop-motion drawing animation, A Portrait of Berenice Sarmiento Chávez, which recounts a womans journey from Tijuana, Mexico, to the US in search of the American dream.

The competition, founded in 2006, has attracted increased attention since Amy Sherald, the first-prize winner in 2016, was selected by the former first lady Michelle Obama to paint her portrait. Now on display at the National Portrait Gallery, along with Kehinde Wileys portrait of former President Barack Obama, the 2018 painting proved highly popular, attracting crowds to the museum and helping to propel Sheralds career.

Amy Sherald's 2018 portrait of Michelle Obama. Sherald won the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition in 2016. © National Portrait Gallery/Smithsonian Institution

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