Smithsonian to unveil Obamas' portraits next month

Former President Obama and Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama’s book tour to include stadium events Michelle Obama teams up with BET to urge women of color to vote Healthy food has gone high end, but is the lifestyle trend worth the cost? MORE will be on hand as their portraits are unveiled next month at the Smithsonian.

The Obamas will participate in a private ceremony on Feb. 12 at the National Portrait Gallery that will offer the first look at the new works of art, the Smithsonian announced Wednesday.


Artist Kehinde Wiley, who the Smithsonian says is “best known for his vibrant, large-scale paintings of African Americans,” was chosen by the National Portrait Gallery to paint the former commander in chief.

And Amy Sherald, an artist based in Baltimore, was selected to paint Michelle Obama.

The pair of portraits will join the “America’s Presidents” exhibition at the gallery in Washington as part of its permanent installation.