The official portrait of outgoing Gov. Dannel Malloy that will be displayed at the Museum of Connecticut History was unveiled at a ceremony Thursday.
The tradition to commission a portrait of each outgoing governor in Connecticut dates back to the early 1800s. The collection of portraits is on display at the museum’s Memorial Hall inside the State Library and Supreme Court building in Hartford. Admission is free and the museum is open six days a week.
Malloy’s portrait was painted by East Lyme artist Chris Zhang and depicts Malloy standing in front of a window inside the Governor’s Residence on Prospect Street in Hartford. In the painting, the governor wears a green bracelet on his wrists that represents the 26 students, teachers and administrators killed at the mass shooting at Sandy Hook in 2012. He is surrounded by other items that represent important aspects of both his personal and public life.
Zhang is an award-winning artist that works as a painter and teaches art in East Lyme. His art has been featured in exhibits around the world.