Houston Public Library will host an exhibit, Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors, a collection of portraits by former President George W. Bush. The portraits are on loan from Ambassador and Mrs. George L. Arygros Collection of Presidential Art at the George W. Bush Presidential Center, a non-profit organization whose Military Service Initiative focused on helping veterans and their families.
Growing out of President Bush’s personal commitment and the ongoing work of the George W. Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative, Portraits of Courage brings together 59 full-color portraits and a four-panel mural, painted by President George W. Bush. Each one depicts members of the United States military who have served our nation with honor since 9/11 and whom Mr. Bush has come to know personally.
The paintings are also the subject of the hardcover book titled Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors. Each portrait is accompanied by a veteran’s story, which inspired the former president to honor their sacrifice through art.
Portraits of Courage visitors will:
- Learn the stories of each of the warriors featured in the exhibit.
- Glean an appreciation for the service and sacrifice of those who serve in the United State military.
- Understand the impacts of the wounds of war – both visible and invisible.
Portraits of Courage will be on display February 21 – April 25, 2020 at the Julia Ideson Building Exhibit Hall located at 550 McKinney St., 77002. Visit houstonlibrary.org or call 832-393-1313 for more information.
The exhibit is free and open to the public. This exhibit is generously sponsored and presented by the ConocoPhillips, The William Stamps Farish Fund.