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A number of people have teased that Daniels should sit on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle -- an idea that will probably stay parked at the curb.

Daniels portrait process under way

The Indiana State Museum is seeking an artist to create Gov. Mitch Daniels' official portrait.

The 42-by-32-inch oil or acrylic portrait will be placed among the governors' collection. Portraits of Daniels' predecessers are hung around the Statehouse.

It is slated to be unveiled in December 2012, shortly before Daniels' term runs out.

Applications are available at http://indianamuseum.org/portrait and are due by Oct. 14. Chosen finalists are required to meet with the selection committee and present one or two authentic pieces of their work in November.

In order to be considered, artists are required to be a resident or native of Indiana with a preference given to current residents.

Interestingly, Daniels has resisted the portrait thus far and is struggling with picking a pose.

Here is what he had to say recently to The Journal Gazette about one of the last duties of his office:

"I was in denial about the whole thing," he said. "When I get done laughing at the idea of me in a portrait at all, I ask myself if there must be one, should it say something? I thought that when people had portraits done there were things in the picture that were supposed to be symbolic or suggestive of what kind of person they are."

A number of people have teased that Daniels should sit on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle -- an idea that will probably stay parked at the curb.

"I don't want to do something that is seen as disrespectful or out of tradition," he said. "Many people have said if they are going to paint a portrait it ought not be sitting in an office in a suit and tie, it ought to be out in Indiana. I'm afraid that just might not be appropriate.

"If that's what it has to be, that's what we'll do."

nkelly@jg.net

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