Portraits of Courage

Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors
February 21, 2020 – April 25, 2020
Julia Ideson Building | Exhibit Hall

A collection of portraits by President George W. Bush on loan from the Ambassador and Mrs. George L. Arygros Collection of Presidential Art at the George W. Bush Presidential Center, a non-profit organization whose Military Service Initiative is focused on helping post-9/11 veterans and their families.

Growing out of President Bush’s personal commitment and the ongoing work of the George W. Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative, Portraits of Courage brings together fifty-nine full-color portraits and a four-panel mural painted by President Bush of members of the United States military who have served our Nation with honor since 9/11 – and whom he has come to know personally.

Visitors to Portraits of Courage will:

  • Learn the stories of each of the warriors featured in the exhibit
  • Glean an additional appreciation for the service and sacrifice of those who serve in the United States military.
  • Understand and appreciate the impacts of the wounds of war – both visible and invisible.

Opening Reception

Thursday, February 27, 2020 | 6 PM - 8 PM
Julia Ideson Building | Exhibit Hall

You are invited to attend! Experience the exhibit, Portraits of Courage: A Commander-in-Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors, at an opening reception and book signing event.

President George W. Bush’s collection of oil paintings and stories honor the courage and sacrifice of military veterans; a few will be on hand to autograph copies of the book, which will be available for purchase, and engage with attendees during self-guided tours.

An evening performance featuring Moores School of Music’s “Moores in the Town” opens the program, followed by remarks. Refreshments will be served.


This exhibition is generously supported by

Sylvie & Gary Crum
Sarah & Doug Foshee, NextOp and Combined Arms
April and Jay Graham Family 
Kathleen & Maynard Holt
Ann & Johnny Johnson
Nancy & Rich Kinder
John L. Nau, III
Doug Pitcock
Amy & Tom Ryan

Exhibit is free and open to the public. Exhibit dates are subject to change.