Barack and Michelle Obama's portraits commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - The Obamas may no longer be in the White House, but their official portraits are soon to live there forever.

Former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama had their official portraits for the National Portrait Gallery and the White House commissioned Friday, the museum announced.

Artist Kehinde Wiley, who is known for his large, vibrant paintings of African Americans, will paint President Barack Obama.

Meanwhile, Baltimore-based artist Amy Sherald, who won the gallery’s 2016 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition for one of her oil paintings, will paint Mrs. Obama.

The paintings are set to be unveiled in early 2018. They’ll be added to the gallery’s permanent collection of presidential portraits.

The museum is the only place, other than the White House, where visitors can view a complete collection of presidential portraits.

The portraits are commissioned by the National Gallery and the White House at the end of each presidency. 

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