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Capitol Portrait of Gov. Daugaard To Be Unveiled

Office of Gov. Dennis Daugaard

500 E. Capitol Ave.


(605) 773-3212






FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, November 30, 2018

CONTACT:  Tony Venhuizen or Bailey Carlsen at 605-773-3212



Capitol Portrait of Gov. Daugaard To Be Unveiled


PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s official portrait will be unveiled for the public on Tuesday, Dec. 4.  The brief ceremony will begin at 2:30 p.m. CST, following the Governor’s budget address.


The unveiling will be held of the first floor of the South Dakota State Capitol, in the east wing.  Gov. Daugaard’s portrait will hang there, alongside the thirty-one portraits of his predecessors.


The portrait was painted by artist Susan Booke Durkee, who has a studio in Redding, Connecticut.  Durkee was selected after a national selection process.  She traveled to Pierre this spring to meet Gov. Daugaard and begin work on the portrait, which was completed at her studio.


“It was an honor and a pleasure to paint the official portrait of Gov. Dennis Daugaard,” said Durkee.  “My father was stationed at the air force base in Rapid City during World War II, and I enjoyed being able to visit a place that was near to his heart and very special to me.”


The portrait of Gov. Daugaard was funded entirely by donations from current and former Governor’s cabinet and staff.