2019 American Portrait Gala Honorees

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery has recently acquired portraits of the six 2019 American Portrait Gala honorees, including three commissions. On view for the first time will be portraits of honorees Frances Arnold by Katy Grannan, Jeffrey P. Bezos by Robert McCurdy, and Indra Nooyi by Jon R. Friedman, all of which were commissioned by the museum. Photographs of honorees Earth, Wind & Fire by Bruce W. Talamon, Lin-Manuel Miranda by Mark Seliger, and Anna Wintour by Annie Leibovitz also will be presented. The likenesses are displayed on the museum’s first floor and were featured in the 2019 American Portrait Gala—a biennial, ticketed fundraising event that took place on Sunday, Nov. 17. The museum’s “Recent Acquisitions” exhibition will be on view to the public Nov. 15 through Aug. 30, 2020.

The American Portrait Gala was established in 2015 to strengthen the museum’s endowment for exhibitions and to focus attention on the museum’s work with living sitters and contemporary artists. This year’s Gala also celebrated the Portrait Gallery’s dedication to commissioning artworks for its collection. The three new portraits bring the total to 18 portraits commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery since 2006.


woman in beige with up-swept hair
Frances Arnold by Katy Grannan

Frances Arnold by Katy Grannan

A commission of the National Portrait Gallery

Credit: “Frances Arnold” by Katy Grannan, pigment print, 2018.  National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. © Katy Grannan.

3/4 lenght portrait of a man in a white shirt and tie
Jeffrey Bezos by Robert McCurdy

Jeffrey P. Bezos by Robert McCurdy

A commission of the National Portrait Gallery

Credit: “Untitled, Jeffrey P. Bezos” by Robert McCurdy, oil on canvas, 2019. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; acquired through the generosity of Tom Alberg; Purvi Patel Albers and Bill Albers; John Seely Brown; Anonymous donors; John and Ann Doerr; Jamie Gorelick; Judy McGrath; Jon Rubinstein and Karen Richardson; Fred and Genny Ryan; Thomas and Darlene Ryder; Patricia Stonesifer; Wendell P. Weeks and Kim Frock Weeks.

the band  in colorful costumes
Earth, Wind & Fire by Bruce W. Talamon

 

Earth, Wind & Fire by Bruce W. Talamon

Credit: “Earth, Wind & Fire” by Bruce W. Talamon, inkjet print, 1978 (printed 2019). National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; acquired through the generosity of Randi Charno Levine. © 2018 Bruce W. Talamon. All Rights Reserved.

man in an 18th century military costume
Lin-Manuel Miranda by Mark Seliger

 

Lin-Manuel Miranda by Mark Seliger

Credit: “Lin-Manuel Miranda” by Mark Seliger, archival pigment print, 2016 (printed 2018). National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; acquisition made possible through the Smithsonian Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center. © 2016 Mark Seliger.

woman in a black dress seated against a red background
Indra Nooyi by Jon R. Friedman

Indra Nooyi by Jon R. Friedman

A commission of the National Portrait Gallery

Credit: “Indra Nooyi” by Jon R. Friedman, oil on canvas, 2019. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; acquired through the generosity of Blair and Cheryl Effron; the Jane and Alan Batkin Foundation; the Yale School of Management; the Koch Ellis Fund; the Robert and Carol Wolf Foundation; and PepsiCo Inc.

 

woman seated in a fashionably furnished setting
Anna Wintour by Annie Leibovitz

 

Anna Wintour by Annie Leibovitz

Credit: “Anna Wintour, New York City, 2015” by Annie Leibovitz, archival pigment print, 2015 (printed 2019). National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; acquired through the generosity of Randi Charno Levine. © Annie Leibovitz.