Portraits of Courage

Are Pleased To Bring This Extraordinary Exhibition To Arizona

Friday, October 19 - Saturday, December 29, 2018


President George W. Bush paints a wounded warrior

Portraits of Courage

The Arizona Historical Society and the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute are pleased to host Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors, a special exhibit from the George W. Bush Institute, this fall. 

Growing out of President George W. Bush’s personal commitment and the ongoing work of the Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative, Portraits of Courage brings together sixty-six full-color portraits and a four-panel mural painted by President Bush of 98 service members and veterans who have served our nation with honor since 9/11, and whom the President has come to know personally since leaving office. 

The Arizona Historical Society's Arizona Heritage Center at Papago Park in Tempe is one of just four venues nationwide selected to host the paintings this year. Portraits of Courage will be on display from October 19 through December 29, 2018. 

Each featured painting is accompanied by the inspiring story of the warrior depicted, written by President Bush. As the stories unfold, readers and visitors will encounter the faces and the hearts of those who answered the nation’s call and learn of their bravery on the battlefield, their journey to recovery, and the continued leadership and contribution they make as civilians. 

In addition to the collection of portraits, the exhibit includes information and resources created by the Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative that visitors can use to learn how to better support post-9/11 warriors in their communities. These resources are intended to help bridge the military-civilian divide. 

The paintings featured in Portraits of Courage are also the subject of a hardcover book by the same name, available now in stores and online. President Bush is donating 100 percent of his profits from the book to the George W. Bush Presidential Center, whose Military Service Initiative works to ensure that post-9/11 veterans and their families make successful transitions to civilian life with a focus on gaining meaningful employment and overcoming the invisible wounds of war.

Exhibition Admission, Hours & Location

Portraits of Courage Exhibition Dates:

October 19 - December 29, 2018

Exhibition Location:

Arizona Heritage Center at Papago Park

1300 North College Avenue, Tempe 85281

Museum Hours:

Monday – Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Friday & Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Closed on Sundays 

Museum Admission:

Adults - $12.00

Seniors 65+ - $10.00

Ages 7 – 17  - $8.00

Children 6 and under, Military and Veterans and Arizona Historical Society Members – Free

Portraits of Courage Exhibition hosts

Arizona Historical Society

Founded in 1864, the Arizona Historical Society is the state’s oldest and most prestigious historical organization, dedicated to collecting, preserving and sharing Arizona’s rich history. The stories of the people, places and events that have shaped Arizona – are told through museum exhibits, programs, events and outreach. The Arizona Historical Society informs and inspires people of all ages by reminding them of the boldness and daring that characterized countless individuals, past and present, who have made Arizona their home.

George W. Bush Institute

Housed within the George W. Bush Presidential Center, the George W. Bush Institute is an action-oriented, nonpartisan policy organization with the mission of developing leaders, advancing policy, and taking action to solve today’s most pressing challenges. Through three Impact Centers – Domestic Excellence, Global Leadership, and an Engagement Agenda –the Bush Institute delivers measurable results that save and improve lives. 

O'Connor Institute

Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, first woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1981, founded the O’Connor Institute in 2009 following her retirement. The non-partisan, nonprofit organization continues Justice O’Connor’s distinguished legacy and lifetime work to advance civic engagement, civics education and civil discourse.  The O’Connor Institute works to build consensus, form collaborations and help craft solutions to vital public issues, in an environment of mutual respect and shared purpose for a better nation.

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