National Portrait Gallery to Honor Ava DuVernay, Venus Williams, and Serena Williams with Annual Portrait of a Nation Award

Ava DuVernay, Clive Davis and Serena and Venus Williams (Alberto E. Rodriguez/FilmMagic;Dominik Bindl/Getty Images;Emma McIntyre/Getty Images(2))

The National Portrait Gallery, public home to the presidential portraits, has named Clive Davis, Ava DuVernay, Venus Williams and Serena Williams among its 2022 honorees for its annual Portrait of a Nation Award.

The legendary record producer and music executive, the Oscar-nominated director and recording-breaking athletes-turned-producers will be awarded during the biennial Portrait of a Nation Gala, held on Saturday, Nov. 12. As part of the private event, which will feature a special performance, each honoree will be presented with their award by a person of their choice at the Smithsonian museum in Washington, D.C.

The 2022 recipients’ portraits — commissions by notable contemporary artists — will also be on public display from Nov. 10 through Oct. 22, 2023, as part of the institution’s “Recent Acquisitions” exhibition.

“These honorees are innovators in their respective disciplines and advocates for social causes who use their voices to care for and lift up others,” Kim Sajet, director of the National Portrait Gallery, said in a statement. “The Portrait of a Nation Award reminds us that history is living and the choices people make have an impact on the nation’s legacy.”

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SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter, Abbey White

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