Greg Kelsey, Walkara: Hawk of the Mountains, 2011 Daniel Smith, Stillwater Crossing, 2011 Charles Marion Russell, Crippled but Still Coming (A Dangerous Cripple), 1913 Albert Bierstadt, A Halt in the Yosemite, 1870 Frederic Sackrider Remington, The Wicked pony, 1898 Frederic Sackrider Remington, The Bronco Buster, 1895 Charles Schreyvogel, Off for Town, 1902 Henry Francois Farny, Indians Moving Camp, 1898 Howard Terpning, Blessing from the Medicine Man, 2001 Wilson Hurley, October Suite, Grand Canyon, 1991 Nicolai Ivanovich Fechin, Pietro Alfred Jacob Miller, Bartering for a Bride (The Trapper's Bride), 1845 George Carlson, Of One Heart, 1978 Olaf Carl Wieghorst, Cutting Horse - The Roper Joseph Henry Sharp, Wild Plum Blossoms Georgia O'Keeffe, Red Hills Beyond Abiquiu, 1931 Thomas Hill, A Rest in the Yosemites Ernest Martin Hemmings, The Twins, ca. 1923 William Penhallow Henderson, Penitente Funeral, 1920 Maynard Dixon, The Cow Country (No Trail), 1938 Catherine Carter Critcher, Pueblo Family, 1928 Ernest Leonard Blumenschein, The Plasterer, 1921 Kenneth Miller Adams, The Dry Ditch, 1964 Eanger Irving Couse, The Wedding, 1924
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Newly Renovated Western Galleries To Open This Fall

We’re excited to share with you that the Eiteljorg Museum’s two main Western art galleries will be renovated this summer and fall: The Art of the American West Gallery and the Gund Gallery, both located on the museum’s first floor. The brief closures will allow the Eiteljorg team to reimagine both galleries so that your favorite Western paintings and sculptures can be exhibited in the best light and with historical context. Visitors will also experience new interactives, which allow visitors the chance to see the art in a deeper and more exciting way.

The Art of the American West Gallery will temporarily reclose on Monday, August 6. The Gund Gallery closed back in May. Our team will install the 13th annual Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale. Quest will be on exhibit from September 9 to October 7. Final renovations will take place after Quest closes, and the newly reinstalled Western galleries are both scheduled to reopen to the public on Saturday, November 10. Beyond familiar works, new acquisitions will be featured, including compelling works by African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic and Native American artists.

With only a portion of the building under renovation and the rest of the museum open as usual, there still is much for visitors to see and do at the Eiteljorg this summer. Visitors can also see the museum’s blockbuster exhibit, The Reel West, which is about Hollywood Westerns, Harry Fonseca: The Art of Living is a beautiful contemporary art exhibit now on display along with our Native American galleries which are both on the second floor and the R.B. Annis Western Family Experience located on the canal level of the museum. And, don’t forget to stop by and check out the Museum Store and Museum Café, as well as enjoyable programming events held at the Eiteljorg throughout the summer.



Western Art Galleries

Western art covers the period from the 1820s to the present.  Formed initially from the remarkable collection of our founder, Harrison Eiteljorg, the collection is especially strong in art by members of the Taos Society of Artists from the late 1890s to the late 1920s.  The museum collection also includes an expressive collection of works by early modernist artists who found the West to be inspiring. Among highlights in this broad area are works by Georgia O’Keeffe, Robert Henri, Marsden Hartley, Randall Davey, and many more.  

The Eiteljorg Museum collection grew exponentially in 2002 with donation of the Gund Collection of western art, assembled by Cleveland businessman George Gund (1888-1966).  His son, Gordon Gund, wrote that  “In the spirit of the intrepid artists who ventured West seeking material for their paintings, sculptures, and prints, it had been our father’s wish – and now ours – to share the collection with thousands of Americans who otherwise might not have the opportunity to see the great art of this significant era in American history.” Especially significant paintings and bronzes by Frederic Remington and Charles Russell are included in the collection that also features works by Henry Farny, Charles Schrevogel, Albert Bierstadt, Alfred Jacob Miller, and many more.  Eiteljorg president and CEO John Vanausdall stated that the acquisition of the collection, one of the largest single donations of art ever made to the museum, was “a defining moment in the Eiteljorg Museum’s history.”

Today, the Eiteljorg continues to actively acquire not just historical works of note, but also contemporary realist works that are a continuation of the genre.  Art by today’s masters, such as Howard Terpening, Robert Griffing, George Carlson, and many more, are an important part of our holdings and the experiences of visitors.
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