Official Portrait of Governor Tim Pawlenty is Unveiled at Minnesota State Capitol

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October 10, 2011
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Official Portrait of Governor Tim Pawlenty is Unveiled at Minnesota State Capitol

The Minnesota Historical Society has received into its collections the official portrait of former Governor Tim Pawlenty. The portrait was unveiled on Oct. 10 in a ceremony held in the Minnesota State Capitol rotunda. The framed portrait will be hung on the ground floor of the Capitol, taking its place alongside portraits of 38 previous Minnesota governors.

“Serving as governor of this great state was an incredible and humbling honor,” Governor Pawlenty said. “During my time in office we worked to reflect the common sense that characterizes Minnesotans. Our state is great not because of politicians, but because of the people. I hope every Minnesotan, from school children to retirees, who visits this Capitol, reflects on the perseverance, strength and good-heartedness of the Minnesota spirit.”

The painting:

The portrait depicts Governor Pawlenty in front of the Capitol, looking straight ahead. The artist chose no hidden symbols, no veiled artistic messages. Rather, he elected to paint a classic portrait of the man who led Minnesota from 2003-2011.

The portrait will hang in the Capitol building on the ground floor, west wing at the south corridor leading to the Great Hall. It will be available for viewing on Oct. 11.

Pawlenty portrait
Portrait of Governor Tim Pawlenty
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The artist:

Pawlenty chose the artist Rossin to do the portrait. Rossin is a native Bulgarian born in 1964 and a graduate of the Sofia Fine Art Academy. Accepted to the Bulgarian Association of Artists at only 19, his work has been showcased extensively in Europe and Asia. Rossin moved to Atlanta in 2001 and has produced more than 260 portraits since.

His work includes portraits of many high profile figures, including Ambassador Andrew Young for the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery; Presidents George H. and George W. Bush for the Presidential Library in College Station, Texas; and recently Hank Aaron for The Baseball Hall of Fame. Rossin has also painted many incredibly lifelike contemporary portraits, including Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Morgan Freeman, Nelson Mandela, Theodore Roosevelt and more. To learn more about him visit

The collection:

The Minnesota Historical Society has responsibility for the art and historic features of the Capitol and offers an ongoing tour program to showcase the building and its continuing role in Minnesota history.

The official portrait of Governor Tim Pawlenty is the latest addition to the Society’s collection of Minnesota art. Society art curator, Brian Szott, says "the Society's mission is to tell the story of Minnesota and its people and this portrait is an excellent example of fulfilling that goal. The Pawlenty portrait and all the other portraits at the Capitol provide visitors with an opportunity to contemplate the contributions and significance of notable Minnesotans. With each passing generation, their legacy continues to grow and be fully appreciated." For more information about Minnesota’s governors visit