Portraits Of Courage


A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors
April 14 - July 5, 2018

For the first time outside of Texas, Wonders of Wildlife is honored to host a vibrant collection of oil paintings by President George W. Bush, and the stories of the warriors they represent, honoring the sacrifice and courage of America’s military servicemen and women.

Sergeant First Class Ramon Padilla. U.S. Army, 2000-2009. Oil on gesso board, 14” X 16”
Sergeant Leslie Zimmerman. U.S. Army, 2001-2004. Oil on stretched canvas, 20” X 24”
Lance Corporal Timothy John Lang U.S. Marine Corps, 2005-2010 Oil on stretched canvas, 24”x36”
Sergeant First Class Michael R. Rodriguez. U.S. Army, 1992-2013. Oil on stretched canvas, 24” X 36”
Sergeant Daniel Casara U.S. Army, 1994 - 2008 Oil on gesso board, 14”x18”
Sergeant Michael Joseph Leonard Politowicz. U.S. Marine Corps, 2010-PRESENT. Oil on stretched canvas, 18” X 24”

About the Exhibit


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Growing out of President Bush’s own outreach and the ongoing work of the George W. Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative, Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors brings together sixty-six full-color portraits and a four-panel mural painted by President Bush of members of the United States military who have served our nation with honor since 9/11—and whom he has come to know personally.

Our men and women in uniform have faced down enemies, liberated millions, and in doing so showed the true compassion of our nation. Often, they return home with injuries—both visible and invisible—that intensify the challenges of transitioning into civilian life. In addition to these burdens, research shows a civilian-military divide. Seventy-one percent of Americans say they have little understanding of the issues facing veterans, and veterans agree: eighty-four percent say that the public has “little awareness” of the issues facing them and their families.

It is President Bush’s desire that their stories of courage and resilience will honor our men and women in uniform, highlight their family and caregivers who bear the burden of their sacrifice, and help Americans understand how we can support our veterans and empower them to succeed.

Exhibit Admission


Exhibit included with paid admission to the Wildlife Galleries.

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