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Portraits in Courage: Bush paintings of veterans featured at DC's Kennedy Center

August 01, 2019 - 10:36 am

Portraits of post 9/11 war veterans—painted by President George W. Bush—will be the opening exhibit at the new Kennedy Center's REACH studio in Washington, D.C.

“The Kennedy Center is proud to share these works—painted by a living president—that honor the men and women who defend our freedom to explore, celebrate, and create art," said Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter.

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The portraits were first presented in 2017, at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Texas, and released in a hardcover art book, Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors. Each portrait includes the veteran’s story of resilience, determination, and recovery, which inspired President Bush to honor their sacrifice through art. The exhibit offers a unique perspective: exploring veteran injuries—visible and invisible—through the perspective of a Commander in Chief who ordered them to war.

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Bush has spent much of his post-presidential years supporting military veterans and their families.  The Bush Center features The Military Service Initiative, which honors the service and sacrifice of all post-9/11 veterans transitioning to civilian life.

The exhibit, which will run October 7 to November 15, 2019, will be free.  You can reserve tickets starting September 3, 2019.

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