The Portrait Society of America will honor watercolor artist Mary Whyte of Johns Island, S.C., as the 2016 recipient of the Society’s Gold Medal on April 16 during the Art of the Portrait conference taking place in Washington, D.C. The annual award honors a lifelong dedication to excellence, as well as recognition of a distinguished body of work that serves to foster and enhance fine art portraiture and figurative works in America. Whyte is also a teacher and author whose figurative paintings have earned national recognition.
Some of America’s most renowned artists are Gold Medal recipients, including Andrew Wyeth, Jamie Wyeth, Nelson Shanks, Philip Pearlstein and Burton Silverman.
Whyte received the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Award for the Arts in 2013.