Former President George W. Bush’s Art Exhibition Visits Midland


MIDLAND, Texas (Nexstar) – The Southwest Museum has a one-of-a-kind exhibit coming to Basin this weekend! Former President and Midland native George W. Bush painted more than 40 oil paintings of immigrants who became American citizens.

Out of Many, One: Portraits of America’s Immigrants is an inspirational journey through every image of what becoming a citizen looks like. From an interactive display to hand-painted oil paintings of people you might recognize, this exhibit is a conversation starter.

Executive Director at the Southwest Museum, Lori Wesley shared with us what she hopes people take away from the unique exhibit.

“You know, we use this art for a lot of reasons, we use it to escape our reality and then we use it to start some really powerful conversations. in a very safe place to start. You can look at the beautiful portraits and then start thinking what their story is and what makes this different and why is it important and then lead to a conversation. bigger,” Wesley said.

When we spoke to the Southwestern Curatorial Museum, Matthew Ward, he encouraged people to go out and learn more about each individual painting in the exhibition and their journey to citizenship.

“It’s the personal side, where you learn unique personal stories and then just educate to learn how the process works without any doctrinal messages about it,” says Ward. how it works,” Ward said.

On January 22, the museum will host a private RSVP viewing at the exhibition opening from 6-8pm. The public can view the exhibition on January 23 from 2-5 pm. Out of Many, One: Portraits of American Immigrants is available to view from January 23 to March 20.

On 8 February, the Southwestern Museum also hosted a panel with featured guests Minister Evans and Javaid Anwar, where they will continue the conversation about immigration.

https://www.yourbasin.com/news/former-president-george-w-bush-art-exhibit-comes-to-midland/ Former President George W. Bush’s Art Exhibition Visits Midland

Aila Slisco

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