Pawlenty portrait unveiled in October

Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s portrait will be unveiled Oct. 10 in the state Capitol’s rotunda.

The event will be attended by Pawlenty and his family. The following morning, the portrait will be hung on the ground floor in the west wing of the building.

Pawlenty chose Rossin, a native of Bulgaria and Atlanta, Ga., resident to paint the piece. Rossin has painted Presidents George H. and George W. Bush, baseball Hall-of-Famer Hank Aaron, and other officials.

UPDATE:

Could the portrait be a giant extreme close up? Here’s a photo from Rossin’s website:

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If so, it would be quite a departure from the other governors’ portraits. We’ll leave it to the art critics to decide what it means if that’s the final portrait.

UPDATE: The Minnesota Historical Society just emailed to say that the above portrait is not the paiting that will hang in the Capitol. Stay tuned for the big reveal…

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