"A portrait is a picture in which there is just a tiny little something not quite right about the mouth." -- John Singer Sargent

Monday, July 18, 2016

Eunice Kennedy Shriver

This portrait of Eunice Kennedy Shriver (1921-2009) hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.
"Eunice Kennedy Shriver was the creative force and organizer of Special Olympics, Inc., a nonprofit charitable organization that provides training and competition in Olympic-style sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. In 1962 she estab­lished a summer day camp at her home that became the basis for Special Olympics. In 1968 the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation, working with the Chicago Park District, organized the First International Special Olympics Summer Games. Currently, Special Olympics serves more than 4 million children and adults from nearly 170 countries.

David Lenz was commissioned to paint this portrait as part of the first prize in NPG's inaugural Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. Lenz embraced the idea of making a portrait of Eunice Shriver that would also include five persons with intellectual disabilities who have been involved in Special Olympics and in the Best Buddies program: (left to right) Airika Straka, Katie Meade, Andy leonard, loretta Claiborne, and Marty Sheets." -- National Portrait Gallery

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