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Janklow Portraits To Be Unveiled In State Capitol

PIERRE, S.D. (KELO AM) – The official portraits of Gov. William J. Janklow will be unveiled to the public on Friday, Nov. 15, in Pierre.

The family of the late Governor commissioned Watertown artist Joshua Spies to paint the two official portraits of Janklow for display in the Capitol. One portrait will represent Janklow’s first two terms as Governor from 1979 – 1987. The second portrait will represent his second two terms from 1995 – 2003. 

A brief ceremony to unveil the portraits will be held in the Capitol Rotunda at 11 a.m. CDT on Nov. 15 and will include remarks from the Janklow family, Spies and Gov. Dennis Daugaard. Following the ceremony, the portraits will be installed for public display with the 29 other governors’ portraits on the first floor of the Capitol.

Preparations have begun in the first floor hallway of the Capitol to display the Janklow portraits. The existing gubernatorial portraits are being repositioned to accommodate the addition of the two Janklow portraits in their chronological position. The rearrangement will also add room for another four future governors’ portraits. Patchwork and painting will be done on the first floor hallway walls as rearrangement is completed.

The Janklow portraits were privately funded with donations from friends and former cabinet members and staff.