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Portraiture

In 2016, a special Board of Trustees committee recommended that the University update and expand its campus art and iconography to better reflect the diversity of the Princeton University community. As one step toward carrying out that recommendation, the Portraiture Nominations Committee (PNC) was formed to suggest additions to Princeton’s portrait collection. The charge to the PNC was to identify individuals who represent diversity, broadly defined, and who, over the past 75 years, have excelled in a particular field, excelled in the nation’s service and the service of humanity, or have made a significant contribution to the culture of Princeton University.

“I’m delighted to honor these extraordinary individuals who have excelled in a range of fields and served the University, our nation, and humanity in powerful and lasting ways,” President Christopher L. Eisgruber said. “By reflecting our shared values and illuminating our history more fully, the new portraits will serve as an important expression of the welcoming community that we are today as we aspire to become even more diverse and inclusive in the future.”

Portraits of Toni Morrison and Sir Arthur Lewis were recently installed on campus, and portraits of the others will be installed as they are completed over the next two years. Click on each for biographical information. Click here to read the University's announcement.