Native American Art Exhibit in American Adventure at EPCOT Closing for George W. Bush Veteran Paintings

Shannen Ace

American Heritage Gallery entrance with "Creating Tradition" exhibit including map of U.S.A.

Native American Art Exhibit in American Adventure at EPCOT Closing for George W. Bush Veteran Paintings

The American Heritage Gallery at the American Adventure Pavilion in EPCOT will close this month to move out the current exhibit of Native American art and move in the exhibit of paintings by President George W. Bush.

American Adventure Gallery

American Heritage Gallery entrance with "Creating Tradition" exhibit including map of U.S.A.
Entrance to The American Heritage Gallery

According to the calendar on The American Heritage Gallery page of the Walt Disney World website, the gallery will be closed beginning on Tuesday, May 28.

The current exhibit, “Creating Tradition: Innovation and Change in American Indian Art,” opened in July 2018. It displays “authentic, historical Native artifacts alongside contemporary works of American Indian art — demonstrating examples of cultural traditions which have been handed down through generations.”

The collection was made in collaboration with the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC) in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) in Washington, D.C.

Portraits of Courage by President George W. Bush

George W. Bush painting a portrait of several service members
President George W. Bush working on his painting collection

“Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors” is an exhibit of over 60 oil paintings by President Bush. The paintings depict service members and veterans who have served in military uniform since 9/11. Each piece is accompanied by the story of the subject, written by President Bush. The exhibit initially debuted in 2017 at the George W. Bush Presidential Center on the SMU campus in Dallas, Texas.

Disney announced “Portraits of Courage” would have its grand opening on Sunday, June 9, although the American Heritage Gallery page lists operating hours on Friday, June 7.

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