Pawlenty portrait coming to Capitol Oct. 10

Pawlenty sits for Bulgarian artist Rossin.
Courtesy of Rossin Fine Art
Pawlenty sits for Bulgarian artist Rossin.

The official portrait of former Gov. Tim Pawlenty that will hang in the state Capitol will be unveiled Oct. 10 in a private ceremony and then be viewable by the public the next day.

His likeness will join those of the other 38 Minnesota governors hanging on the walls.

The portrait was painted by Bulgarian artist Rossin, who’s also done portraits of Presidents George H.W. and George W. Bush, Ambassador Andrew Young, Hank Aaron as well as business and other political leaders.

According to the Minnesota Historical Society, which takes care of the artwork at the Capitol:

Oct. 10, 7 p.m.: Unveiling of the portrait of former Gov. Tim Pawlenty. The event will be attended by Gov. Pawlenty and his family, friends and former administration members. The unveiling will be by invitation only and for the press.

The portrait will be hung Tuesday morning, Oct. 11, with public viewing shortly after. It will be located on the ground floor, west wing, in succession.

Former Twin cities newspaper columnist Nick Coleman, no great fan of the former governor, came up with his own version of an official portrait, using a Lego Photo app.

Nick Coleman's "official" Pawlenty portrait
Graphic courtesy of Nick Coleman
Nick Coleman’s “official” Pawlenty portrait

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Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Randi Reitan on 09/26/2011 - 11:22 am.

    A plain white backround… thought for sure he would have American flags flying, children cheering and jets flying overhead … much like his ads for President.

  2. Submitted by Nick Coleman on 09/26/2011 - 11:27 am.

    I think the Lego image is fun (I made it by taking the TPAW portrait and altering it with my Lego Photo app on iPhone). But it’s not my unofficial “official” portrait of Tim Pawlenty. For that, I invite MinnPost readers to check this out:

  3. Submitted by James Hamilton on 09/26/2011 - 12:55 pm.

    I can’t help but wonder what this cost us.

    I’d have been happy to take a digital shot at no cost and to have paid for the poster size print.

  4. Submitted by Jean Schiebel on 10/01/2011 - 09:31 am.

    Love it..only Nick Coleman would think of a portrait made in plastic just like the former Governor 🙂

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