Portraits of Courage: A Commander In Chief's Tribute to America's Warriors

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January 20 - March 25
Concho Resources Inc. Gallery and Wagner Galleries
Organized by the George W. Bush Institute
Free for members, veterans and active military personnel; $5 for guests, and $3 for children

Please note: This exhibition includes an audio component. Please bring a pair of headphones to enjoy. Headphones may also be purchased at the front desk.


Growing out of President Bush’s own outreach and the ongoing work of the George W. Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative, Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors brings together sixty-six 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.

Our men and women in uniform have faced down enemies, liberated millions, and in doing so showed the true compassion of our nation. Often, they return home with injuries—both visible and invisible—that intensify the challenges of transitioning into civilian life. In addition to these burdens, research shows a civilian-military divide. Seventy-one percent of Americans say they have little understanding of the issues facing veterans, and veterans agree: eighty-four percent say that the public has “little awareness” of the issues facing them and their families.

It is President Bush’s desire that their stories of courage and resilience will honor our men and women in uniform, highlight their family and caregivers who bear the burden of their sacrifice, and help Americans understand how we can support our veterans and empower them to succeed.

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Cover, from left: Sergeant First Class Ramon Padilla. U.S. Army, 2000-2009. Oil on gesso board, 14” X 16” 
Sergeant Leslie Zimmerman. U.S. Army, 2001-2004. Oil on stretched canvas, 20” X 24”
Sergeant First Class Michael R. Rodriguez. U.S. Army, 1992-2013. Oil on stretched canvas, 24” X 36”
Sergeant Michael Joseph Leonard Politowicz. U.S. Marine Corps, 2010-PRESENT. Oil on stretched canvas, 18” X 24”

This exhibition is generously sponsored by

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Robert E. and Donna Landreth Family Fund at Permian Basin Area Foundation

Roni and Wes Perry/PBEX Resources, LLC

Rea Charitable Trust

OGX Resources

Lois & Richard Folger

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To become a sponsor or to learn more about supporting this exhibition, please contact Megan Buck, development director at 432.683.2882 x 303 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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