The National Portrait Gallery, a branch of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., portrays men and women who have made significant contributions to the history, development, and culture of the people of the United States. Established by an Act of Congress in 1962 and opened to the public in 1968, the museum reopened in July 2006 after an extensive renovation.

This page is dedicated to the people of New England Conservatory who are represented by works in the National Portrait Gallery.

Denyce Graves portrait paintingDenyce Graves '88 DP
Full-length portrait painting by Nelson Shanks was included in the exhibition "Gifts to the Nation" in 2007

Coretta Scott King '54, '71 hon. D.M.
In photographs with Martin Luther King, Jr., by Benedict J. Fernandez and Dan Weiner

Sarah Caldwell '46, '79 hon. D.M.
Photographic portrait by Rick Smolan from Time magazine cover photo collection

Leonard Bernstein, day student 1930s
Photographs by Arnold Newman, Ruth Orkin, Irving Penn, Carl Van Vechten; paintings by Rene Robert Bouche and Henry Koerner; caricatures by Al Hirschfeld, David Levine, and Edward Sorel

Eleanor Steber '38
Portrait sketch by Richard Ely

Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy '13
Portrait photograph by Richard Avedon; also in Kennedy family group portrait painting by Bernard Safran

painting reproduced on this page:
The Recital, Denyce Graves
Sitter: Denyce Graves
Artist: Nelson Shanks
2000, Oil on canvas
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
promised gift of Ian and Annette Cumming
©Nelson Shanks

 2009-06-11


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