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Western American Art on Display at Sky Harbor Courtesy of Wickenburg Museum

by Public Relations | Published On: Apr 21, 2014 | Last Updated: 

Phoenix, AZ – The American West of the 19th century has seduced and intrigued people for more than 100 years and now visitors to Phoenix Sky Harbor can be captivated by this genre with “The Enduring American Legend” art exhibition on display in the gallery in Terminal 4, level 3.

The exhibition, which will be on display through Sept. 14, 2014, includes 28 pieces of art selected exclusively from the Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg. The collection represents etching and woodcut prints, oil and acrylic paintings as well as bronze sculptures.

“Art of the American West is so appealing because historically it recorded a time gone by and captured the raw and untarnished lifestyle, spirit and landscapes of the Southwest,” said W. James Burns, the museum’s executive director.

In “The Enduring American Legend,” visitors and travelers will view the art of many prominent western American artists from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, such Lon Megargee, who ran away from Philadelphia in 1896 at age 13 to capture and embrace the western experience.

Burns says the exhibition represents the rich and storied past of the Old West mixed in with the “New West,” which shows how the region has evolved through work crafted from the 1800s to early 21st century.

The Phoenix Airport Museum is one of the largest airport art museums in the U.S. The museum includes an art collection of nearly 900 artworks, 35 exhibition spaces in six buildings and the Phoenix Aviation Archive. The museum’s mission is to showcase Arizona’s cultural amenities for its travelers. For more information, visit

The Desert Caballeros Western Museum is a private, non-profit institution that was founded in 1960 and today is a nationally recognized center for Western art, history and culture. It is accredited by the American Association of Museums. For more information on the museum, visit

Image Caption for the photo above and to the right:
Elwell – R. Farrington ElwellFoiled, no date, oil on canvas, 27 x 40”