Inspired by the Land: Artists of the Southwest

The Southwest has been an enduring subject for generations of artists--many have returned year after year, and many have chosen to spend the rest of their lives living and working in the region. This fascinating collection includes original prints by some of the best artists that have portrayed the Southwest during the late 19th and early 20 century. Each interpreted the region in his own unique way -- some emphasizing the grandeur of the scenery, others focusing on the unique way of life and customs of the region, and still others reflecting the different cultures and wildlife of the area.

Some of the artists represented in the exhibition include Peter Hurd, George Elbert Burr, Roi Patridge, Gene Kloss, and Bertha Jacques.

Burr, whose career spanned three-quarters of a century, spent summers in Denver and winters in the deserts of Arizona, New Mexico and southern California. During his prolific life, he produced over 25,000 etchings of the Western landscape. Kloss lived in Taos during the summers from 1925 until the 40's. Her distinctive style captured the landscape of mountains and plains, snow and sun, as well as the architecture of the Indians and the Spanish, and her long association with the Taos Indians is reflected in her prints. Peter Hurd was born in Roswell, New Mexico and as a boy was inspired by the scenery to pursue a career as a western artists. He achieved stunning effects with light and color and he brought an illustrator's flair to printmaking.

Over a dozen diverse artists are included in this exhibition that celebrates the Southwest -- both for its spectacular landscapes, as well as for its unique culture.