BYU professor Robert Barrett has been selected by the Portrait Society of America to receive Signature Status with the Portrait Society of America. Signature Status is meant to recognize artists who are dedicated to the educational mission and high aesthetic standards of the Portrait Society of America.
Barrett has been a professor at BYU for more than 31 years and served as an Associate Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communications.
Along with Barrett’s recognition, the Portrait Society of America has awarded three BYU students scholarships to attend the group’s annual conference held in Atlanta, Georgia. Ashley Glazier, Hillary Laurent and Peter Beck have been selected as three of only twenty winners selected nationally.
The students submitted their work to a jury of professionals in order to receive the scholarship. All three students have taken or are currently taking Barrett’s Head Painting class.
The purpose of the Portrait Society of America is to foster and enhance an understanding of the practice, techniques and applications of traditional art portraiture and figurative works. The society was founded in 1998.