OFFICIAL PORTRAIT OF FORMER GOVERNOR STRICKLAND TO BE UNVEILED AT OHIO STATEHOUSE
Private Event Set for June 7
Columbus, Ohio –
Former Governor Ted Strickland’s official gubernatorial portrait will be unveiled at 3 p.m. on June 7 at a ceremony at the Ohio Statehouse, the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) announced today. The portrait of Ohio’s 68th governor is being created by renowned Toledo artist, Leslie Adams.
Governor and Mrs. Strickland will unveil the portrait at a private ceremony with the assistance of the artist. Some of the other scheduled program participants include Senator John Glenn, Ohio Supreme Court Justice Yvette McGee Brown and former Strickland Chief of Staff John Haseley.
The Ohio Historical Society is responsible for commissioning the portrait of each departing governor. The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board has the responsibility of displaying and maintaining the portraits in the Capitol building. “This portrait will become a part of Ohio history and will hang in our Statehouse for all Ohioans to appreciate,” said Senator Richard H. Finan, Chairman of the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board. “We are honored to carry on the tradition of showcasing the governors of Ohio in the Statehouse and telling our state’s story for generations to come.”
The portrait, created by renowned Toledo artist, Leslie Adams, is a privately funded project that continues the tradition of paying a lasting tribute to the legacies of Ohio governors. “I am deeply honored and profoundly excited to have been chosen to create the official portrait of Governor Strickland for the state of Ohio. Although I have found this work to be one of the most artistically challenging of my career, I am proud both of the results of my efforts and of the great honor of contributing to our state’s legacy,” said Leslie Adams.
After being unveiled, the framed portrait will hang in the Ohio Statehouse, taking its place with the portraits of each of Ohio’s previous governors. “The history of Ohio is preserved in many forms from documents to historic buildings to objects and artwork. Having paintings in the Statehouse of the former governors allows people to connect to these important state leaders in a way that is different than learning about them in text. Additionally, the commissioning of an Ohio artist to create the portrait is another way of preserving the history of Ohio and its artists and craftspeople for posterity,” said Burt Logan, Executive Director of the Ohio Historical Society.
The governors’ portraits were painted to benefit the people of Ohio - telling "the story" of the state of Ohio. Over the years some of the early Governors of Ohio were painted by various portrait artists in a hit or miss fashion, and some of these found their way into what was then a motley collection of works housed at the Statehouse.
In 1867, Governor Rutherford B. Hayes decided to form a permanent and proper collection of Ohio Governor's portraits to hang in what was a new Capitol building. His vision was to ensure that the history of Ohio and its leaders was not lost. Prior to 1867, only a few of the past governors had been painted. After collecting any graphical representations that were available from the past governors, Hayes set out to complete the collection of those that were missing.
To view images of each Ohio governor portrait, visit www.ohiostatehouse.org, direct link: www.ohiostatehouse.org/Education/GovernorPortraits.aspx.
About Governor Ted Strickland
After Ted Strickland was first reelected to Congress, he placed a plaque in his office with the following quote from Scripture: 'And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?' - Micah 6:8
Throughout his service as a minister, a psychologist, a professor, Member of Congress and Governor of Ohio, Ted Strickland has worked to exemplify those simple, powerful words. The same plaque hung in the Governor's Office during his four years of service, coupled with the same commitment to fulfill them.
Ted Strickland didn't come to public service as a lawyer or an investor, but as the son of a steelworker. Governor Strickland was born on August 4, 1941 in Lucasville, Ohio, one of nine children. He spent his childhood active in church and school life. As a young man, he never imagined he'd be able to go to college until a high school teacher took him on a trip to Asbury College and Theological Seminary in Kentucky.
His family was able to piece together enough for tuition and, soon after graduating from Northwest High School, he found himself attending Asbury College in Kentucky, receiving a B.A. in History in 1963. He went on to attend the Asbury Theological Seminary and received a Master of Divinity. He continued his studies at the University of Kentucky, receiving a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology in 1980.
The son of a steelworker who grew up in Appalachian Ohio, Ted Strickland never forgot where he came from. His entire life was spent fighting to protect Ohio families and to make sure everyone had a chance to succeed. As governor, he charted a steady course guided by his belief that there is nothing wrong with Ohio that can’t be fixed by what’s right with Ohio.
Strickland was sworn in as Ohio’s 68th Governor in January 2007 as the nation teetered on the brink of economic collapse. Ohio, like every other state, was hit hard by the worst economic recession since the Great Depression.
Governor Strickland and Lt. Governor Lee Fisher worked to tackle this crisis with a plan to ensure Ohio emerged from the recession even stronger than it was before by laying a foundation for economic progress and a thriving middle class. They made strategic investments in job creation, improved Ohio’s business climate, reformed education, and made government live within its means.
With Frances Strickland by his side, Governor Strickland guided the state through an unprecedented economic storm and built a stronger foundation for Ohio. He left office having positioned Ohio for growth in the 21st century economy.
Ted Strickland was elected governor of Ohio on November 7, 2006, sworn into office on January 8, 2007 and served until January 9, 2011.
About the Artist
Leslie Adams, a resident of Toledo, Ohio, is a nationally recognized portrait artist.
After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Toledo, Leslie was awarded the grand prize in the first international drawing competition sponsored by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts – a prize that included the coveted Warhol Scholarship and which enabled her to attend the prestigious New York Academy of Art and earn a Master of Fine Arts degree.
Adams’ work has been exhibited internationally and is included in numerous public and private collections in the United States and abroad. Her paintings have received numerous awards from institutions including the Toledo Museum of Art, Butler Institute of American Art, The National Arts Club and The Art Student’s League of New York. She has been honored with Awards of Excellence for her paintings in International Portrait Competitions sponsored by the Portrait Society of America and the American Society of Portrait Artists’ Foundation including special recognition for her monumental work Athena and for Portrait of the Most Honorable Bishop James R. Hoffman, respectively. In 2007, Leslie concluded her first major solo exhibition, The Power of Portraiture, at the Ella Sharp Museum of Art and History in Jackson, Michigan and her second major exhibition at the Krasl Art Center in St. Joseph, Michigan followed in 2009. In 2010, her work, Connessione: A Portrait of Michael Shane Neal, was included and received a major award in an exhibition entitled Inspiring Figures: Celebrating Women’s Contributions to the American Figurative Tradition at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio. This premier exhibition, co-sponsored by the Portrait Society of America, juxtaposed historical female artists with the leading contemporary women working today. Of more recent note, Leslie’s work was featured in Here’s Looking at You: Portraits in Ohio at the Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery. In addition to her work on the official gubernatorial portrait of Governor Bob Taft for the State of Ohio, Leslie has recently completed portraits for the Ohio Senate and has begun work on portraits for the Ohio Supreme Court at the Ohio Judicial Center. Leslie Adams continues to accept commissions, both public and private, throughout the United Sates and abroad.
Ohio Governors’ Portrait Collection Facts
• The painting and unveiling of each governor’s portrait traditionally takes place after the governor leaves office in Ohio
• The Ohio Statehouse houses the entire Governors’ portrait collection
• While Governor Strickland is the 68th Ohio Governor, his portrait will join 61 other portraits because Ohio had six governors with staggered terms; each of those governors only has a single portrait represented in the Statehouse
• From 1803-1954, each governor was elected to a two-year term. In 1954, a state constitutional amendment extended the governor's time in office from a two-year term to a four-year term, although no governor could serve more than two successive terms. In 1992, another constitutional amendment limited Ohio's governor to a total of two four-year terms
• The entire governors’ portrait collection can be viewed online at www.ohiostatehouse.org
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