New Portrait Unveiled During State House Ceremony

December 18, 2010

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As a crowd of Governor John E. Baldacci's family, friends, and co-workers looked on, Museum Director J. R. Phillips unveiled the governor's portrait in a State House ceremony hosted by the Maine State Museum and Maine Arts Commission on December 18, 2010. The portrait now hangs in the rotunda on the State House's third floor.

Painted by Cape Elizabeth artist Jean Pilk, Governor Baldacci's portrait becomes the 141st work of art and the 61st portrait of a governor to hang in the State House. The first portrait in the State House Portrait Collection, added in 1836, was of George Washington.

Jean Pilk, a well-known portrait artist, was selected from the seventeen individuals who submitted portfolios for the Baldacci portrait commission. The Maine Arts Commission organized the submission and selection process. Now that the portrait is part of the State House Portrait Collection, it will be under the care and management of the Maine State Museum.

Photographs above (left) Maine State Museum Director J. R. Phillips; (right) Artist Jean Pilk and Governor Baldacci; (bottom) Governor Baldacci and, to his right, Jean Pilk, pictured with her family. Photographs courtesy of Ramona du Houx

For the news story and additional photos, see the Waterville Sentinel's coverage by Susan Cover and Joe Phelan.