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Gov. James H. Douglas has commissioned Middlebury artist Kate Gridley to paint his official portrait, state curator David Schutz told Seven Days this week.

The four-term Republican governor, who will leave office early next year, reviewed submissions from about eight artists before choosing Gridley, Schutz said. Although Douglas is also from Middlebury, he picked Gridley not because of a hometown connection but because he likes her work, Schutz said, noting that the artist and the governor were not previously acquainted.

The two had an initial meeting last week to discuss plans for composing the portrait that will hang in the Statehouse — presumably near the likenesses of former governors Madeleine Kunin and Howard Dean.

Governors’ official portraits are privately financed, Schutz notes.

Neither Gridley nor Douglas could be reached for comment before Seven Days’ deadline.

Gridley, a Williams College alum married to Orton Family Foundation director of communications John Barstow, has taught at Middlebury College and other Addison County schools. Her work includes landscapes and interiors as well as portraits.

Her portrait of Vermont Law School dean Max Kempner was unveiled at a ceremony last year. Mission Rejected, a Chelsea Green book by Peter Laufer, includes portraits Gridley drew of GIs who refused service in Iraq.

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Kevin J. Kelley is a contributing writer for Seven Days, Vermont Business Magazine and the daily Nation of Kenya. He is an adjunct professor of journalism at Saint Michael's College.

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