The Indiana Statehouse now has a new portrait of Gov. Mitch Daniels.
The governor’s official portrait was revealed Tuesday during a public ceremony at the Statehouse.
Lafayette-native Richard Halstead was selected to paint the piece. He was one of more than 40 artists who applied to paint the portrait. The artist said before painting the portrait, he met with people who knew Gov. Daniels. He said the governor was described as having high energy to contemplative and as an individual with unusual clarity of vision and purpose.
“The governor’s only request for the portrait was that it not be artificial or unnatural. And that was in keeping with comments I heard from others who emphasized his genuineness and authenticity. It seemed natural and appropriate that the portrait should be based on that particular foundation,” said Halstead. “From my interviews at the beginning all the way through to the finish, my image of the governor has grown in its complexity and my appreciation. I hope you see that in the portrait. I hope you and people in the future can see the lasting impact of Governor Daniels’ character on the history of this great state of Indiana.
Halstead’s artwork hangs in several galleries across the country, including the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.
It’s tradition for the portrait of the immediate past governor to go in the lobby of the governor’s office. Daniels will conclude his second term in January before taking over as president of Purdue University.
New portrait of Gov. Daniels unveiled in Statehouse ceremony
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