LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (PPM) - "American Presidents: Life Portraits" features the only complete collection of American presidential oil portraits by one artist, renowned North Carolina painter and sculptor Chas Fagan. Accompanying the Fagan portraits are biographical sketches of all 43 presidents. In addition to the sketches are photographs contributed by the White House Historical Association that capture each president's time in the White House, as well as historic front pages of American newspapers announcing presidential election results. The exhibit also features audio of speeches given from every president beginning with Theodore Roosevelt.
Commissioned by C-SPAN in 1999, Fagan painted the presidential portraits to complement C-SPAN's Peabody Award-winning television series, American Presidents: Life Portraits. The exhibit has traveled to many presidential homes and libraries, and was on display in Washington, DC during the 2009 Presidential Inauguration.
The exhibit also includes a reproduction of Fagan's original First Ladies painting. The painting was commissioned in honor of C-SPAN's newest, two-season original series: "First Ladies: Influence and Image," which examined the private lives of the first ladies and their years in the White House.
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