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Presidential Portrait Unveiling (left to right): Kim Sajet, Director of the National Portrait Gallery; Artist, Kehinde Wiley; President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama; Artist and CAU Alumna, Amy Sherald; Smithsonian Secretary, David Skorton


National unveiled

its Portrait

Smithsonian’s Gallery


portraits of former President Barack Obama and Mrs. Michelle

Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, respectively. artworks were revealed a

in private ceremony in Portrait anniversary

Obama by artists The the

museum’s Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard as part of the

Gallery’s 50th celebrations.

President Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama delivered

remarks as did

Smithsonian Secretary David Skorton, National Portrait Gallery Director Kim Sajet and artists Wiley and Sherald.

“For 50 years, the

National Portrait Gallery has told

the story of America through the people who have impacted this country’s history and culture,” Sajet said. “We are thrilled the

nation these

to present to remarkable

portraits of our 44th president, Barack Obama, and former First Lady, Michelle Obama, painted by two of the country’s most

dynamic artists, Kehinde Wiley

contemporary and

Amy Sherald. As a museum of history and art, we have learned over the past half-century that the best portraiture has the power to bring world leaders into dialogue with everyday Americans.

These two

paintings fall into that category, and we believe they will serve as an inspiration for generations to come.”

Before President Obama’s

departure from office, he and Mrs. Obama selected Wiley and Sherald to paint their likenesses for the Portrait


collection. This is the first time that African American artists have been commissioned for the National Portrait Gallery’s official portraits of a President or First Lady.

Former President Barack Obama's portrait can be seen in the America's Presidents gallery on the museum's second floor.

Michelle is featured

Former First Lady Obama's portrait in

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Acquisitions gallery on the museum's first floor.

Learn more about these Recent HAMPTON, Va. — Hampton

University alumna and two-time Academy Award and Emmy nominated costume designer Ruth Carter’s latest blockbuster film “Black Panther” shattered box-office projections with a $404 million weekend.

word-wide opening According to Disney, the

Marvel Studios film will total roughly $235 million over President’s Day weekend in North America alone.

“What a great moment for Hampton

University, to see a Hampton University alumna in such a key role within a landmark movie,” said Hampton University

President Dr. William R.

Harvey. “Words cannot capture my pride at seeing a talented alumna positively displayed for the world to see!”

University’s Department of Fine and Performing

Carter, a 1982 graduate of Hampton Arts, majored


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