NEWPORT, R.I. - The Naval War College will open a temporary exhibit of its collection of portrait art on Thursday, Oct. 1, entitled Faces of the Naval War College, at the Naval War College Museum.
As part of the 125th anniversary activities of the college’s founding on Oct. 6, 1884, the exhibit will reflect on the contributions of key individuals in the college’s history. Illustrating the rich history of the Naval War College, Faces of the Naval War College will run until Dec. 4.
The Naval War College president is one of four positions within the U.S. Navy that has official portraits associated with the position. The other three are Secretary of the Navy, Chief of Naval Operations, and Superintendent of the Naval Academy.
The college is fortunate to have portraits of 40 of the former presidents represented in its collection. In addition, 12 presidents are depicted in portrait busts, 11 of which were sculpted by Felix de Weldon, a local artist who completed them between 1948 and 1990.
Although smaller in number, the collection has consistently grown with the additions of retrospective historical portraits of earlier members of the faculty. The latest addition to these portraits is being unveiled at a reception from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on opening day.
The work is of Professor Porter Halyburton, painted by John C. Traynor. Professor Halyburton was a prisoner of war for seven and one-half years in North Vietnam. Following his retirement from the U.S. Navy, he served as a member of the Naval War College faculty for 25 years.
The Naval War College Museum is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The museum is free and open to the public, however reservations are required and photo ID must be presented for all visitors 18 years old and over. To make a reservation please call (401) 841-4052 or 2101 by 3:00 pm the day before the event. The museum is accessible to visitors through Gate 1 of Naval Station Newport.