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National Portrait Gallery Unveils Presidential Portraits

February 12, 2018

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery today unveiled the portraits of former President Barack Obama and Mrs. Michelle Obama. The portraits, commissioned from artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, will be on display in the newly renovated “America’s Presidents” Gallery beginning Feb. 13. 

Entrance to America's Presidents
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Barack Obama

portrait of Barack Obama

Kehinde Wiley for the National Portrait Gallery

Condensed credit information:
Barack Obama by Kehinde Wiley, oil on canvas, 2018. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. The National Portrait Gallery is grateful to the following lead donors for their support of the Obama portraits: Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg; Judith Kern and Kent Whealy; Tommie L. Pegues and Donald A. Capoccia.

Michelle Obama

portrait of Michelle Obama

Amy Sherald for the National Portrait Gallery

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Presidential Portrait Unveiling

President Obama with his portrait

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Former President Barack Obama unveils his official portrait by Kehinde Wiley during a ceremony at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery Feb. 12.

Photo © Chuck Kennedy

Presidential Portrait Unveiling

Group photo

© Chuck Kennedy

From left, artist Kehinde Wiley, artist Amy Sherald, National Portrait Gallery Director Kim Sajet, Smithsonian Secretary David Skorton, former first lady Michelle Obama, former President Barack Obama at the National Portrait Gallery Feb. 12.

Photo: © Chuck Kennedy

Presidential Portrait Unveiling

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Former President Barack Obama hugs artist Kehinde Wiley after the unveiling of Obama's official portrait at a ceremony at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery Feb. 12.

© Pete Souza

Presidential Portrait Unveiling

Obamas with their portraitds

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Former President and Mrs. Barack Obama stand with the artists in front of their official portraits during a ceremony at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery Feb 12.

From left, artist Kehinde Wiley, former President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, artist Amy Sherald.

© Pete Souza

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