Oct 23, 2009 12:34 PM by Associated Press

Colorado artist wins Smithsonian portrait contest

A Colorado artist has won a national portraiture competition and will have his work shown at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery.

The museum announced Thursday that 37-year-old Dave Woody of Fort Collins, Colo., will win the $25,000 prize and a separate commission. His photograph titled "Laura," portraying a fellow graduate student, was among 49 finalists.

The Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition drew 3,300 entries.

An exhibit of the finalists opens Friday.

Click here to see the finalists


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