|| American Bald Eagle, by Lorenzo
Ghigliere, Aurora, Oregon, 1994. Gift to President Clinton from
the National Wildlife Federation, Washington, DC, and First International
Fine Arts, Alpine Utah.
Bronze, silver, gold, 37 x 24 x 19 inches
Gifts to Twelve
in the Circular
22, 1996 through
This exhibit showcases over 200 gifts sent
to Presidents Hoover through Clinton. The selection includes a
remarkable range of objects, from opulent gifts from heads of
state to handmade offerings from American citizens. A few of the
pieces are by renowned artists such as Grandma Moses, Charles
Russell, Elaine de Kooning, and Irving Berlin.
Although most of the artists represented are
not well known, their works are no less striking. Often expertly
crafted, these gifts are heartfelt expressions of admiration and
affection for the President.
The collection brought together here has been
selected from the holdings of the Presidential library museums
and Presidential materials projects, which are administered by
the National Archives and Records Administration. Photographer
Joseph Bailey and the White House Historical Association contributed
to the exhibit and catalog.