Treasures Seldom Seen: Work from the Museum’s Permanent Collection

July 1, 2014 – November 2, 2015

This year we’re truly emptying the vaults for a large renovation of our storage areas as the final segment of the recent capital campaign.

As a result, you’ll have a chance to see lots of art and artifacts that are usually hidden away. From now until early October is your chance to see them! All of the Catlin prints and the many Wieghorst watercolors from the Laura Ford Bequest will be displayed. There are several Megargees and who knew how many Shooflys we have, as well as a multitude of George Elbert Burr etchings of native scenes and plants.

You’ll have a chance to view American Indian opaque watercolors by Harrison Begay and others as well as the two recently acquired pieces by Andrew Tsinajinnie, gifts of Marybeth and Byron Hunter. Other new acquisitions will also be hanging, such as the large Myrna Harrison “Storm Over Desert Lake” and the two works acquired from this year’s Cowgirl Up! show, by Maura Allen and Kathleen Frank.

The Cowboy Artists of American are well represented by Joe Beeler, Charlie Dye, and the many Bill Nebeker bronzes from the Ford Bequest which have only been displayed once before. The sequential series of four works by Paul VerBurg will be hanging together again, an interesting progression from the initial pen and ink sketch to the finished large oil. Other rodeo images include photos by Scott Baxter, Kate Gaustad, and Mark Gilliland. The photography section is rounded out with a Barry Goldwater photo and Dan Budnik’s portrait of Georgia O’Keeffe.

Besides work from our own collection, there are some very fine pieces on loan for the summer from local private collections. There’s a Delano that will remind you of our own Navajo Grapevine, portraits of Chief Washakie by both Joseph Henry Sharp and John Nieto (what a contrast!), and landscapes by Sheldon Parsons and Louisa McElwain.

Come enjoy the riches of our collection, an added benefit of the process of our becoming a better steward of the collections that the Museum cares for in the public trust.

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