When planning exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery, our historians and curators carefully select what will be displayed in the galleries, considering hundreds of possible images for each new exhibition. Because the museumâ€™s collection is so vast, only a fraction is on view at a time. This fall, the National Portrait Gallery will unveil a special wall in our galleries, called â€œRecognize,â€ as a place to highlight one important person in our collection as chosen by friends and fans of the Portrait Gallery.
Recognize is a chance for the public to help us decide what will go on display as we continue to recognize people in the Portrait Gallery who have had a significant effect on American politics, history, and culture. Once a quarter, three people will be presented, and members of the public will be able to vote for the portrait they would like to see in that featured spot. The candidate with the most votes will be featured on the Recognize wall. Here are the biographies of our inaugural candidates, hand selected by our fantastic team of historians and curators.
Which of these three notable Americans would you like to see celebrated at the National Portrait Gallery this fall? Voting is open until 5:00 p.m. on October 23, and the selected portrait will be announced the following week and will go on display in early November.
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