Oprah Winfrey Honored at National Portrait Gallery


Oprah Winfrey reacts as she and artist Shawn Michael Warren, right, unveil Warren's portrait of Winfrey, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2023, during a ceremony at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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(AURN News) – In a stunning celebration of cultural impact and inspiration, a new portrait of the iconic Oprah Winfrey has found its home at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. Painted by Chicago artist Shawn Michael Warren, the whimsical masterpiece measures 6 feet 10 inches by 5 feet 8 inches.

It showcases Ms. Winfrey in a regal purple gown, surrounded by a towering tree and vibrant, lush grass. The imaginative composition mirrors Oprah’s larger-than-life presence and her ability to connect with audiences on a profound level.

“Through her rise to fame as host and producer of The Oprah Winfrey Show, Oprah demonstrated an unparalleled ability to connect with people and inspire them to become the best versions of themselves,” Kim Sajet, director of the National Portrait Gallery, said in a statement.

The portrait is prominently displayed on the first floor of the National Portrait Gallery, paying homage to Ms. Winfrey’s enduring impact on society. During the official unveiling, Oprah shared her reflections on the unexpected twists of her journey.

“And I can tell you that I learned to lean into it and to understand that God can dream a bigger dream for you than you can ever dream for yourself,” Winfrey said.

“Because of all the dreams that I had. I didn’t even know there was a National Gallery. I didn’t know there was a National Gallery to dream and aspire to and for and so I am living and breathing God’s dream for me this day. That is what has happened and I thank you all for it,” she added.

The National Portrait Gallery’s newest addition is a celebration of Oprah’s enduring legacy—a testament to the dreams that can be realized and the inspiration from her life that continues to touch lives around the world.

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