George Phippen in his cabin studio (Source: Phippen Museum)
Crack of Dawn on a Cow Camp by George Phippen (Source: Phippen Museum)
Freedom by Wei Tai (Source: Phippen Museum)
PRESCOTT, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -
The Phippen Museum of Western Art celebrates the art and the heritage of the American West.
Named for sculptor and painter George Phippen, who would have turned 100 this year, the museum's permanent collection includes paintings, etchings, drawings, bronze sculptures, photography, American Indian artifacts and jewelry. The pieces, all created by artists of the American West, are representative of the late 19th century through the early 21st century.
Phippen, who produced about 3,000 works of art, was a founding member and the first president of the Cowboy Artists of America.
"So when the museum's namesake died in 1966, his artwork and inspirational character encouraged his friends, family and fellow artists to work toward creating a facility in Prescott, Arizona, that would honor his memory and specifically represent artists of the American West," according to the museum's website.
The George Phippen Memorial Foundation was created in 1974. That year, it hosted the first Memorial Day Western Art Show, but it would be another 10 years before the Phippen Museum opened its doors.
There are four permanent exhibits. One, of course, features Phippen's work. There is also an exhibit dedicated to sculptor Solon H. Borglum and another featuring pieces painted by Ray Swanson, who specialized in Native American subjects. The fourth permanent exhibit is the Bill & Marion Gary Western Heritage Gallery.
In the gallery, you'll find not just artwork and memorabilia, but also a working chuck wagon and the Arizona Rancher and Cowboy Hall of Fame. Induction ceremonies into the hall are held each year at the museum's Fall Gathering, which celebrates the museum's 1984 grand opening.
Current exhibitions include "Art & Heritage of the Cowboy Artists," which runs through Aug. 16, and "Happy Birthday, George! 100 Years of Inspiration," which runs through July 19.
In August and September, the museum will feature an annual exhibition and sale "Hold Your Horses!" which is exactly what it sounds like.
"More than 40 participating artists are specifically chosen for this exhibition because of their 'horse sense' and outstanding ability to create Art of the Horse," reads PhippenMuseum.org.
The Phippen Museum is located at 4701 Highway 89 North. It's open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 928-778-1385 or check out PhippenArtMuseum.org.