The official portrait of former Governor Jennifer Granholm is hanging at the state Capitol. The painting was formally unveiled today.
Granholm is the only governor in the gallery whose gaze is not fixed on the viewer. The former governor says that symbolizes looking to the future -- past the economic troubles that plagued Michigan during her eight years.
"A portrait does tell the story of the history of Michigan during that time, and that's why a picture sometimes paints a thousand words," she says. "Michigan has been working on diversifying and moving toward a clean energy economy, educating its citizens. That's why we chose the symbols that we did."
Other symbols in the portrait include a wind turbine and the Chevy Volt, representing her efforts to bring clean energy jobs to the state; a picture of Ford's Rouge plant, representing the state's industrial past; and a mortarboard, representing her goal of boosting the number of college graduates.