Monday, July 26, 2010 | 2:25 p.m.
CARSON CITY – Gov. Jim Gibbons came up short in collecting votes in the primary election but there is no shortage of professional artists who want to paint his official portrait.
Forty-four artists from across the nation have entered the competition to paint, frame and hang the portrait on the walls in the state capitol in Carson City alongside paintings of other governors.
Teresa Moiola, spokeswoman for the state Department of Cultural Affairs, said Monday a review will be made to see if the 44 met the qualifications of having prior experience and having two portraits commissioned by an individual, business or government.
A panel of the state Arts Council will narrow the finalists to three or possibility more. And the governor will make the final choice.
The winner will be paid $17,500 for the painting, frame and hanging materials and will receive up to $2,500 for travel.
The work must be completed by Dec. 17.