National Portrait Gallery Announces BP Portrait Award 2011 Shortlist…and a Record Number of Entries

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LONDON.- After a record number of entries, four artists have been short-listed for the BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery, one of the world’s most prestigious art prizes. This year the prize received 2, 372 entries, an increase of 196 on last year. For the fifth year, the competition has been open to all aged 18 or over. 55 portraits have been selected for the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, which runs from 16 June until 18 September 2011. The four artists shortlisted for the 2011 award are: Ian Cumberland for Just to Feel Normal; Wim Heldens for Distracted, Sertan Saltan for Mrs. Cerna and Louis Smith for Holly. In addition to a prize of £25,000, the winner of the BP Portrait Award will receive a commission worth £4,000. The second prize will be £8,000 and third £6,000. For the fifth year there will be a BP Young Artist Award of £5,000 for the work of an entrant aged between 18 and 30. Both Ia