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Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery to add portrait of Dr. Anthony Fauci

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A portrait of Dr. Anthony Fauci will go on display at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery later this year.

Fauci has served as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for more than three decades and is also the chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden. He has been named as one of seven people who will be honored at the Portrait of a Nation Gala on Nov. 12.

"The Portrait of a Nation Gala ... will celebrate seven remarkable individuals for their transformational impact on the nation’s history, development, and culture," the museum noted in a post about the fundraising event. "We are proud to introduce the 2022 Portrait of a Nation Honorees who embody creativity, individuality, excellence, and service to the people of our country," the museum said.

The portraits of the honorees will be featured within the "Recent Acquisitions" exhibition Nov. 10 though Oct. 22, 2023, according to wjla.com. Reports indicate that the portraits will be added to the museum's permanent collection.

"Save the date to see the honorees’ portraits as part of 'Recent Exhibitions' opening November 10," the museum tweeted.

"It is one of the most humbling of all of the recognition that I’ve gotten," Fauci said, according to the Washington Post. "I've lived in Washington the last 50 years and the Smithsonian Portrait Gallery is an iconic place in my mind. It makes me feel humbled and almost embarrassed to be in the same building with the people whose portraits are there."

"I am one of many, many scientists in the federal government. I just have been, by a series of circumstances, put in a position where I’m well-recognized," the public health figure said, according to the Post. "People are going to say, 'What’s a government worker doing with those people?' In some respects, it creates a little more awareness and respect for people who are in government service."

Fauci, who has been a prominent and polarizing figure throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, has been praised by some and criticized by others.

MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle recently ended an interview by telling Fauci, "You make us smarter and safer and better every day."

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