Portrait of Secretary Norman Y. Mineta Presented at the National Portrait Gallery

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WASHINGTON, DC.- Former Transportation and Commerce Secretary Norman Y. Mineta was recognized by the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program with the installation of his portrait in a private ceremony at the Portrait Gallery. The portrait, by artist Everett Raymond Kinstler, becomes part of the museum’s permanent-collection exhibition, “New Arrivals” July 27. The oil-on-canvas painting has been offered as a gift to the Portrait Gallery from the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program. “I am delighted that this generous gift to the Portrait Gallery will be in our permanent collection,” said Martin Sullivan, director of the museum. “Secretary Mineta’s service to this country and his leadership efforts are central to the story about Asian Americans in the U.S.” Born in 1931 to immigrant Japanese parents in San Jose, Calif., Mineta and