Arts & Culture
3:27 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

Artist chosen to paint official portrait of Governor Mitch Daniels

A Lafayette native is being tapped to paint the official portrait of Governor Mitch Daniels.

Richard Halstead was selected by the Indiana State Museum from a field of 43 artists.

He graduated from Lafayette Jefferson High School and is now based Evanston, Illinois, where he paints and teaches.

In his 30 years experience, Halstead has produced portraits for many institutions, including Purdue and Indiana University.

His rendering of Daniels will be completed and unveiled later this year. It will be added to the state’s historic governors’ portrait collection.