(Crystal A. Proxmire, 4/2/2011)
Of all the artists in the State who submitted their work, it was Ferndale artist Charles Pompilius who was selected by former Governor Jennifer Granholm to paint her portrait to hang in the State Capitol. The painting will be unveiled on May 6 in a special ceremony in Lansing.
Grahnolm, the first female Governor in the state, served from 2002-2008. The Michigan 2010 Foundation was established in part to fund the commission of the portrait, which will be a reminder of Granholm’s time in office. The group also produced a video describing Granholm’s administration to go along with the release of the painting.
Pompilius lives in Ferndale with his wife and two children. He is a full time artist who has been represented by the David Klein Gallery in Birmingham for the past twenty years. He was a recipient of a Pollack-Krasner Award and a Michigan Council for the Arts Grant, and he has an MFA from the University of Iowa. Examples of his work can be seen on the David Klein Gallery website at http://www.dkgallery.com/artists/29/Charles-Pompilius.
The Michigan 2010 Foundation video can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wtt87w-OBJA&feature=player_embedded, or is embedded below. Their website is http://www.granholmportrait.com.