Norman Mineta’s portrait installed at the Smithsonian

Smithsonian Mineta Portrait

The portrait of Norman Mineta by Everett Raymond Kinstler

Washington, D.C. –  Former Transportation and Commerce Secretary Norman Y. Mineta was recognized by the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program with the installation of his portrait in a private ceremony at the Portrait Gallery on July 26.

The portrait, by artist Everett Raymond Kinstler, becomes part of the museum’s permanent-collection exhibition, “New Arrivals” opening July 27.

The oil-on-canvas painting has been offered as a gift to the Portrait Gallery from the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program.

This commission was made possible through the support of benefactors George and Sakaye Aratani, Hill & Knowlton and Verizon Communications with additional support from many others.

The portrait of Mineta is a part of the National Portrait Gallery’s ongoing efforts to commission portraits of living sitters for its permanent collection.

The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program

The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program provides vision, leadership and support for Asian Pacific American activities at the Smithsonian while also serving as the Smithsonian’s liaison to Asian Pacific American communities. Asian Pacific American Program: (202) 633-2690; website:

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery tells the history of America through the individuals who have shaped its culture. Through the visual arts, performing arts and new media, the Portrait Gallery portrays poets and presidents, visionaries and villains, actors and activists whose lives tell the American story.

“New Arrivals,” where Mineta’s portrait on view, is a rotating exhibition of subjects and objects that have been recently added to the museum’s permanent collection.

The National Portrait Gallery is part of the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture at Eighth and F streets N.W., Washington, D.C.

Website: Smithsonian Information: (202) 633-1000; (202) 633-5285 (TTY).

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