Paintings of former President George W. Bush will soon be on display at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum in Independence.
“Portraits of Courage,” a large collection of oil paintings and stories from the former president, opens Oct. 13 and runs through Dec. 31. The library described the exhibit as a tribute from Bush to honor the sacrifice and courage of American veterans.
Alex Burden, executive director of the Truman Library Institute, has collected the arrangements over the past four years, but delayed displaying the artwork because the library was not fully open due to COVID-19 restrictions .
“Hopefully the community will come out and see it,” Burden said. “It will be a fantastic exhibition.”
WHAT’S IN THE EXHIBITION?
The gallery features 66 color portraits and a four-panel mural painted by the President. The artwork shows members of the US military who have served the country since 9/11 and whom Bush knows personally.
It began with Bush outreach and the ongoing work of the George W. Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative which aims to help veterans reintegrate into civilian life after serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and the other wars after 2001, when Bush was in power.
It’s also the first traveling exhibit the renovated library will host and is the first time “Portraits of Courage” has been on display since COVID-19 hit. It was last held in Houston in April 2020.
“I painted these men and women as a way to honor their service to their country and show my respect for their sacrifice and courage,” Bush said in a statement.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
The exhibition is included with general admission ticketswhich cost:
$12 for adults
$10 for seniors 62 and over
$8 for college students with valid ID
$5 for teens 13-18
Free for children 12 and under
Burden said veterans and active military members will be able to visit the Bush exhibit and library for free while the exhibit is active. You will need to provide proof of military service for free admission.
Admission is also free for members. A basic subscription costs $35.
This story was originally published October 10, 2022 1:41 p.m.