Portraits of veterans painted by George W. Bush, part of the special exhibition "Portraits of Courage"

Portraits of Courage | A vibrant collection of oil paintings and stories by President George W. Bush



The Exhibition

The Truman Library Institute is honored to present an extraordinary exhibition of portraits by George W. Bush.

The Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum is the only venue nationwide selected to host the paintings this year. The show was last seen in Houston in early 2020. Portraits of Courage has been featured on the TODAY Show, Jimmy Kimmel, Good Morning, America, and in USA Today, People and Time. It will be on display in the newly renovated museum October 13 – December 31, 2022.

Growing out of President Bush’s personal commitment and the ongoing work of the Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative, Portraits of Courage brings together 66 full-color portraits and a four-panel mural painted by President Bush of 98 service members and veterans who have served our nation with honor since 9/11, and whom the President has come to know personally since leaving office.

Each featured painting is accompanied by the inspiring story of the warrior depicted, written by President Bush. As the stories unfold, readers and visitors will encounter the faces and the hearts of those who answered the nation’s call and learn of their bravery on the battlefield, their journey to recovery, and the continued leadership and contribution they make as civilians.

In addition to the collection of portraits, the exhibit includes information and resources created by the Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative that visitors can use to learn how to better support post-9/11 warriors in their communities. These resources are intended to help bridge the military-civilian divide.

Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors is a collection of portraits by President George W. Bush on loan from the Ambassador and Mrs. George L. Arygros Collection of Presidential Art at the George W. Bush Presidential Center, a non-profit organization whose Military Service Initiative is focused on helping veterans and their families.


Advance tickets are not required for Museum admission but may be purchased here.

For this special exhibition, free tickets for U.S. veterans and Active Military are available onsite at Visitor Services. Please provide proof of military service for complimentary admission.

Truman Library Institute Member Benefits include free admission to Portraits of Courage. If reserving tickets online, please scroll through ticket types to “Truman Library Institute Membership.” Members will be asked to provide proof of membership at Visitor Services prior to entering the galleries.



Truman Library Institute Member Benefits include free admission to Portraits of Courage, Museum Store discounts, and a Members Only experience during the run of this show.

Annual memberships start at just $35 and open the door to all of America’s presidential libraries. Become a member today and enjoy free admission to Portraits of Courage and the all-new, nationally acclaimed museum experience at the Truman Library.



Thank You

Portraits of Courage was made possible by:


The local exhibition is made possible by these generous friends:



Cortney and Chris Barton
Mary and John Hunkeler
Muriel McBrien Kauffman Family Foundation
Bebe and Crosby Kemper Foundation, UMB Bank, n.a., Trustee
Cappy and Peter Powell
Katie and Clyde Wendel


Cheryl and Billy Geffon  |  Arvin Gottlieb Charitable Foundation, Peter W. Brown, Barton J. Cohen, UMB Bank, n.a., Trustee  |  Donald Hall  |  Barbara and Allen Lefko  |  M. Jeannine Strandjord/Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation  |  Pam and Buzz Willard


Cerner Corporation,  Evergy, Barbara and George Morris, Alison and Scott Ward


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Media Contact

For press inquiries and media kits, please contact:

Dean Davison

President Bush painting. Photo by Grant Miller

Quote about Portraits of Courage by President George W. Bush