Architecture in Art
March 8 through July 13, 2014
Members Preview and Opening Reception, March 7, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Phippen Museum members free, guests $10
Architecture in the Western United States is as diverse as American society itself, shaped over time by numerous internal forces, external factors and regional influences. As a whole, it represents the rich, unique and innovative traditions of the West. From kivas and teepees to shacks and log cabins, buildings of the early West were created from the resources immediately available. But as the nation grew and railroad lines were established, settlers would send east for exotic lumber, glass windows, fancy fixtures and all the resources necessary to build a ‘modern’ and civilized life in the West.
Stopover, watercolor, David Halbach
Solon H. Borglum Collection
The Phippen Museum is especially proud to be the new home of the Prescott Area Arts Trust’s collection, which includes sculptures, furniture, paintings and other objects and memorabilia from Borglum’s life. A renowned sculptor from the late 1800s and early 1900s, Solon’s reputation as an artist was unfortunately eclipsed by his older brother, Gutzon Borglum, who designed Mount Rushmore. However, Solon’s realistic sculptures of Native Americans, cowboys, and North American wildlife won him tremendous accolades in 19th century Europe, and the title, “Sculptor of the Prairie.” In the early 20th Century, Solon began to focus on creating monuments like Prescott’s Captain William Owen O’Neill Memorial, now more commonly referred to as the “Rough Rider Monument.”