The American Museum of Western Art–The Anschutz Collection provides access to one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of Western art in one of the most unique settings in the country. With salon-style viewing typically experienced in European museums, this permanent exhibition surveys the art of the American West from the early 19th century to the present.
The Museum was founded in 2010 as the permanent home for the Anschutz Collection, which is comprised of more than 300 paintings, drawings, and sculptures by more than 180 artists, spanning nearly 200 years of American history.
The Museum’s holdings include early American expeditionary painting, Hudson River School and Rocky Mountain School landscapes, 19th century American narrative painting, early American modernism, Expressionism, Cubism and Abstraction, American Regionalism, New Deal Art, and even Abstract Expressionism.
Prior to its installation in the Navarre building in 1999, selections from The Anschutz Collection were widely exhibited throughout the United States and were also shown in Canada (Calgary), in Europe (Helsinki, Brussels, Munich, London, Paris, and Vienna), in the People’s Republic of China (Beijing and Shanghai), and in the former Soviet Union (Moscow, Novosibirsk, Tbilisi, and Leningrad).
In addition to extensive exhibitions across the United States and abroad, 110 paintings from the Collection were exhibited at the Denver Art Museum in 2000 under the title Painters and the American West. While paintings from The Anschutz Collection have on occasion been loaned to other institutions for exhibition, the Collection remained private and unavailable for public viewing until 2010 when the American Museum of Western Art was founded as its permanent home.