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Back in 2008, a small art publishing company in N.Y.C. issued 40 silk-screened prints of Michelle Obama designed by artist Mickalene Thomas. Fast-forward almost 2 years and the picture is now on display at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. Part of a new exhibit, “Americans Now,” the First Lady’s portrait is featured alongside famous faces like Tom Hanks, Conan O’Brien and George Clooney. It’s the first time Michelle Obama’s individual portrait has been on display in the Smithsonian-administered gallery. It will be on view through July 2011.

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