Wendy Wick Reaves
Interim Director of the National Portrait Gallery
Welcome to the National Portrait Gallery. We invite you to explore the many stories we have to tell about Americans past and present. Our museum, located in a National Historic Landmark Building in our Nation’s capital, serves many audiences, national and international, and our on-line exhibits, blogs, teachers’ resources, etc. extend our reach even further. Whatever your interests, we think we have something for you.
It is my great privilege to serve as the museum’s Interim Director during a particularly exciting year of exhibitions. We are pleased to be marking the occasion of the bicentennial of the War of 1812, a conflict that did so much to form our nationhood and our identity. We are also celebrating the extraordinary accomplishments of Amelia Earhart in our “One Life” exhibition space and the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Girl Scouts with an installation of a portrait of Juliette Gordon Low. For those with contemporary art interests, our popular “Portraiture Now” series features “Asian American Portraits of Encounter” which will continue through the summer of 2012 to be replaced with “Drawing on the Edge” in November. The more historically-minded should make note of “A Will of their Own: Judith Sargent Murray and Women of Achievement in the Early Republic.”
Our ongoing exhibitions “America’s Presidents” and “American Origins” are destinations for many of our visitors making a civic pilgrimage to Washington and wanting to connect with our American history. We encourage our on-line audiences, especially those in educational fields, to explore the website components of all those exhibitions. And we hope that you’ll also be able to visit our historic building, the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Art and Portraiture, which we share with our sister museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Our museum functions through a healthy public-private partnership. While generous federal funds are crucial to our endeavors, all the exhibitions and programs we generate are made possible through private support.
We are extremely grateful to all our donors, sponsors and supporters as we continue to bring our past to life and forge new connections with America’s rich and diverse present.
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