Boy, if I created art rather than just writing about it, I would totally enter this: The Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2009. The triennial competition, sponsored by the Smithsonian Institute, is accepting entries through the end of July. All mediums are accepted and the definition of “portrait” is pretty loose, though you should know there are size limits—paintings can’t be larger than 7 feet by 7 feet 8 inches, and no work can weigh more than 150 pounds. All finalists’ work will be on display at the National Portrait Gallery from Oct. 23, 2009, to Aug. 22, 2010, and the winner gets $25,000! Click here to learn more.