Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery Honors Julie Packard
Julie's portrait will be on exhibit at the museum through November 2020.
She's the second woman in the marine sciences to be included in the museum.
As an advocate for women in science, it's fitting that Executive Director Julie Packard has been honored as an ocean conservation leader by one of the nation's top museums.
The Smithsonian Institute's National Portrait Gallery commissioned a portrait of Julie, which was officially unveiled just after Earth Day in April. Julie is only the second woman in the marine sciences and conservation — along with Rachel Carson — to be included in the museum.
The vividly colored painting of Julie standing in front of the Kelp Forest exhibit was created by New York City-based artist Hope Gangloff. Hope said that Julie's commitment to protecting the ocean inspired her during her visits to the Aquarium for the portrait sitting. The painting reflects Hope's affinity for large-scale canvases and bright color palettes and features the marine life of the Aquarium's signature Kelp Forest exhibit.
"We are delighted to recognize Julie Packard as one of the leading women in science and for her extraordinary contributions to the field of ocean conservation," said Brandon Brame Fortune, the museum's chief curator. "This painting...is Hope Gangloff's first major museum commission. It was a pleasure to bring these two women figures together to create a piece of history."
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