Congratulations are in order!
Venus and Serena Williams and Ava DuVernay’s portrait will soon hang in the Smithsonian. They are among seven recipients to receive such an honor.
“We are proud to introduce the 2022 Portrait of a Nation Honorees who embody creativity, individuality, excellence, and service to the people of our country,” the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery said in a statement.
US Chief Medical Advisor Anthony Fauci, children’s rights activist Marian Wright Edelman, chef and humanitarian José Andrés, and record producer Clive Davis will also receive the distinct honor of having their portraits included in the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) in Washington, DC.
“The Portrait of a Nation Award reminds us that history is living and the choices people make have an impact on the nation’s legacy,” Kim Sajet, director of the NPG, said in a statement.
Ava Duvernay’s portrait and the other six honorees will hang in the “Recent Acquisitions” exhibition from November 10 this year through October 22, 2023.
The portraits will either be freshly commissioned or acquired and will become a part of the NPG’s permanent collection. Recent past honorees include designer Carolina Herrera, architect Maya Lin, filmmaker Spike Lee, and the musical group Earth, Wind & Fire.
Honorees will be honored at a November gala to “celebrate seven remarkable individuals for their transformational impact on the nation’s history, development, and culture.”