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Nancy Reagan

This oil on canvas portrait of First Lady Nancy Reagan was painted by Aaron Shikler. In her youth, Mrs. Reagan was an actress, which lead to her meeting her future husband, who was president of the Screen Actor's Guild in Hollywood. As First Lady, Mrs. Reagan directed the renovation of the second and third floors of the White House, as well as the Press Room and rooms adjacent to the Oval Office. Her main initiative was taking an active role in the War on Drugs, creating the "Just Say No" campaign to educate youth about the dangers of drugs and drug abuse. This portrait was officially unveiled at the White House on November 15, 1989. Ronald Reagan was president from January 20, 1981 until January 20, 1989.
Aaron Shikler
Date of Work
oil paint
White House Collection/White House Historical Association