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Starving artist? Paint Mike Mullen's portrait!

Can you paint a pretty picture? Get your bids in now! The Pentagon is seeking an eager, willing and capable artist to paint Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen's official portrait.

A government solicitation posted July 1 provides "a firm fixed price offer for painting services for an official portrait of Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS)." The finished portrait shall be displayed in the "E" Corridor outside the "Tank" in the Pentagon, according to the solicitation.

The contract is considered a small business set-aside deal, so it's the perfect opportunity for a struggling artist. The Defense Department wants to see "relevant experience samples" that will not be returned and interested painters have until Aug. 2 to apply, according to a spokesman.

Item cross-posted at Federal Eye.

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 21, 2010; 11:16 AM ET
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