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Eunice Kennedy Shriver

Eunice Kennedy Shriver
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David Lenz, born 14 Aug 1962
Eunice Kennedy Shriver, 10 Jul 1921 - 11 Aug 2009
Oil and acrylic on canvas
Stretcher: 91.8 x 178.4cm (36 1/8 x 70 1/4")
Frame: 113.7 x 199.4 x 9.5cm (44 3/4 x 78 1/2 x 3 3/4")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Commissioned as part of the First Prize, Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2006
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Born Brookline, Massachusetts
Eunice Kennedy Shriver was the creative force and organizer of Special Olympics, Inc., a nonprofit charitable organization that provides training and competition in Olympic-style sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. In 1962, she established a summer day camp at her home that became the basis for Special Olympics. In 1968, the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation, working with the Chicago Park District, organized the First International Special Olympics Summer Games. Currently, the Special Olympics serves more than 4.9 million children and adults from nearly 172 countries.
David Lenz was commissioned to paint this portrait as part of the first prize in the museum’s inaugural Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. Lenz embraced the idea of making a portrait of Eunice Shriver that would also include five persons with intellectual disabilities who have been involved in Special Olympics and in the Best Buddies program: (left to right) Airika Straka, Katie Meade, Andy Leonard, Loretta Claiborne, and Martin “Marty” Sheets.
Nacida en Brookline, Massachusetts
Eunice Kennedy Shriver fue la fuerza creadora y organizadora de Special Olympics, Inc., una organización benéfica sin fines de lucro que ofrece entrenamiento y oportunidades de competir en deportes de estilo olímpico a niños y adultos con discapacidades intelectuales. En 1962 Shriver estableció en su residencia un campamento diurno de verano que fue la base para las Olimpiadas Especiales. En 1968 la Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation, en colaboración con el Distrito de Parques de Chicago, organizó las primeras Olimpiadas Especiales Internacionales de Verano. Actualmente, Special Olympics ofrece servicios a más de 4.9 millones de niños y adultos en unos 172 países.
David Lenz recibió el encargo de pintar este retrato como parte del primer premio en la edición inaugural del Certamen de Retratos Outwin Boochever de la National Portrait Gallery. Lenz acogió la idea de hacer un retrato de Eunice Shriver que también incluyera a cinco personas con discapacidades intelectuales que hubieran participado en las Olimpiadas Especiales y el programa Best Buddies: (de izquierda a derecha) Airika Straka, Katie Meade, Andy Leonard, Loretta Claiborne y Martin “Marty” Sheets.
Commissioned 2006; NPG purchased from artist 2009
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National Portrait Gallery
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NPG, West Gallery 220