A collection of nearly 100 oil paintings and stories of U.S. military veterans by former President George W. Bush are now on display at The Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach.
“Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors,” is a special traveling exhibit from the George W. Bush Institute. Growing out of President George W. Bush’s personal commitment and the ongoing work of the Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative, “Portraits of Courage” brings together 66 full-color portraits and a four-panel mural painted by President Bush of 98 service members and veterans who have served our nation with honor since 9/11, and whom the President has come to know personally since leaving office.
The Society of the Four Arts is one of just four venues nationwide selected to host the paintings this year. “Portraits of Courage” will be on display from Feb. 2 through March 31.
Each featured painting is accompanied by the inspiring story of the warrior depicted, written by President Bush. As the stories unfold, readers and visitors will encounter the faces and the hearts of those who answered the nation’s call and learn of their bravery on the battlefield, their journey to recovery, and the
continued leadership and contribution they make as civilians.
In addition to the collection of portraits, the exhibit includes information and resources created by the Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative that visitors can use to learn how to better support post-9/11 warriors in their communities. These resources are intended to help bridge the military-civilian divide.
The paintings featured in “Portraits of Courage” are also the subject of a hardcover book by the same name, available now in stores and online. President Bush is donating 100 percent of his profits from the book to 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 with a focus on gaining meaningful employment and overcoming the invisible wounds of war.
An audio tour for the exhibit is narrated by President Bush and is included with the $10 admission. The Four Arts is offering free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve, with military ID.
The Society of the Four Arts is at 100 Four Arts Plaza in Palm Beach. For more information, go online to fourarts.org.