CHEYENNE – A ceremony to unveil the portrait of former Gov. Dave Freudenthal is scheduled for 2 p.m. Jan. 3 at the state Capitol.
A reception hosted by Dave and Nancy Freudenthal will follow the unveiling. The public is invited.
Prior to 2005, the Wyoming State Museum had only 13 official portraits of governors, who were either territorial or state governors from the Cowboy State in its collection. In 2006 and 2007, the Wyoming Legislature, through the auspices of the Select Committee on Legislative Facilities, established the Governor’s Portrait Project to commission 12 additional portraits. The commissioned portraits focused on governors who served at least a full term.
The Wyoming Legislature, at the request of then-Gov. Matt Mead, provided funding for the Freudenthal portrait in 2018. With the assistance of the Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources, Michele Rushworth of Washington State was commissioned for the portrait. Rushworth met with the Freudenthal family and worked from photographs to complete the portrait.
Freudenthal’s portrait will be hung in the East Wing of the Capitol at the conclusion of the unveiling ceremony.