A portrait of President Donald Trump will soon join those of his 44 predecessors in the rotunda of Colorado’s Capitol.
The hourlong public ceremony has been set for 3 p.m. Aug. 1. The initial list of speakers includes former Senate President Kevin Grantham, who raised nearly $11,000 through an online campaign last summer to pay for the painting. Additional speakers are expected to be announced later, according to a Facebook event created for the ceremony.
Colorado doesn’t pay for the presidential portraits that hang in the statehouse. It’s up to private groups to raise the money, and the one responsible for Trump’s painting made headlines last summer for having not collected a single dime. That’s when Grantham stepped in and started a GoFundMe campaign.
Once he had the money, he commissioned Colorado Springs artist Sarah Boardman for the task because she painted the portrait of President Barack Obama, and Grantham thought she did “a fantastic job.”
The other 43 presidential portraits were painted by one man, Lawrence Williams, who died before he could paint Obama’s portrait.
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