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Local artist and first president of the Cowboy Artists of America, George Phippen, passed away in 1965 at the age of 50 and never saw the museum that bears his name. But being a man dedicated to his Western art and supportive of others in like pursuit, he would no doubt be proud of the role the Phippen Museum plays today in the continued presentation, promotion and preservation of Art of the American West.

When the plan for a Western museum was first initiated in 1974, it was George’s friends, family and fellow artists who raised public support and the funds necessary for the project. With their enthusiastic backing, the community’s heartfelt generosity and funds raised through an annual Western art show and sale, the museum was finished and opened its doors to visitors in 1984.