President George W. Bush Visits the Valley to Open Exhibit at Arizona Heritage Center

Posted By on November 19, 2018

President George W. Bush visited the Arizona Heritage Center to open his traveling exhibit, “Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors,” which includes works he painted out of his commitment to veterans and the work of the Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative.

During the event, Bush interviewed U.S. Army veterans Manny Colon and Tim Gaestel, two of the subjects seen in his paintings.

The exhibit features 66 full-color portraits painted by President Bush of 98 service members and veterans. Each painting is accompanied by the subject’s story, also written by President Bush.

These works are also available in the “Portraits of Courage” book, with all proceeds from the book benefiting the George W. Bush Presidential Center, whose Military Service Initiative works to ensure that post-9/11 veterans and their families make successful transitions to civilian life.

Portraits of Courage will be on display at Arizona Historical Society’s Arizona Heritage Center at Papago Park in Tempe until December 29.

Jamie Killin

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Jamie Killin is the web editor for Frontdoors Media. She also is a freelance journalist who has been published in Thrillist, Phoenix Magazine, So Scottsdale!, The Arizona Republic and more.