The portrait is one of six honoring “extraordinary individuals who have made transformative contributions to the United States and its people” as part of the 2022 Portrait of a Nation Awards.
Other portraits were of chef and humanitarian José Andrés; Grammy Award–winning music executive and philanthropist Clive Davis; Academy Award–nominated and Peabody Award– winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay; attorney and children’s rights activist Marian Wright Edelman; 23-time Grand Slam champion and entrepreneur Serena Williams; and fellow tennis champion, entrepreneur, and pay equity activist Venus Williams.
Six of the works were newly commissioned and one is a recently acquired, never-before-seen photograph.
“The featured artworks embody some of the best examples of portraiture and its expansive possibilities,” said the gallery, which is part of the Smithsonian Institution.
Crosthwaite, 51, is best known for his black and white graphite and charcoal drawings. In 2019, he won first place in a portraiture competition sponsored by the Smithsonian for a stop-motion drawing animation of a woman’s journey from Tijuana to the United States in search of the American Dream.
Crosthwaite was born in Tijuana in 1971 and grew up in Rosarito. He graduated from San Diego State University in 1997 with a degree in applied arts and sciences.
The artist currently lives and works between Southern California and Tijuana. His work has been shown in numerous collective exhibitions throughout the United States and Mexico.