In partnership with Spectrum, starting Monday, January 15, 2018, American Presidents: Life Portraits, a presidential portrait exhibit presented by C-SPAN, Spectrum and the White House Historical Association, will be on display at West Towne.

This free, newly redesigned exhibit will be open to the public through Thursday, March 29, 2018 at West Towne, located in Madison, Wisconsin.  Exhibit hours are 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday.

American Presidents: Life Portraits features the only complete collection of American presidential oil portraits by one artist, renowned North Carolina painter and sculptor Chas Fagan (pronounced FAY-gun). Accompanying the Fagan portraits are biographical sketches of all 44 presidents and each president’s first lady.  In addition to the sketches are photographs contributed by the White House Historical Association that capture each president’s time in the White House, as well as audio and video that viewers can access through their smart phones.

Commissioned by C-SPAN in 1999, Fagan painted the presidential portraits to complement C-SPAN’s Peabody Award-winning television series, American Presidents: Life Portraits.  The exhibit has traveled to many presidential homes and libraries, and was on display in Washington, DC during the 2017 Presidential Inauguration.

Since its redesign, exhibit visitors will also be able to listen to the voice of every president beginning with Theodore Roosevelt and watch biography videos of each president on their smart phones.

In Madison, C-SPAN programming is carried on Spectrum channel 12 and HD740 as a public service.  Spectrum affiliate fees help support C-SPAN operations, including this exhibit. 


  • Starting Monday, January 15th, 2018, repeated every week on Sunday until Thursday, March 29, 2018 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm


West Towne Mall

Madison, 53703