Confluence of Cultures in the American West: A Selection of Contemporary Artists (January 15, 2015 – January 13, 2019)

 On loan from the Peterson Family Collection

The stories of friendship, tension, and conflict that arose during cultural contact in the history of the American West are explored through artwork that depicts mountain men, Native Americans, buffalo, cavalry, and settlers. The exhibition includes especially commissioned and never seen before paintings by artists Andrew Bolam and John Moyers, as well as contemporary bronzes by Greg Woodard and Michael Coleman.

The expansion of the territory west of the Mississippi River led to an interaction between different cultures, as American Indians came into contact with the first Euro-American explorers. These encounters led to friendships as well as conflicts.

Many Western artists have been attracted to this period of American history because of its confluence of diverse cultures. This exhibition explores how contemporary artists have illustrated the lives, friendships, and clashes between cultures as they interacted with one another, and the various ways peoples’ lives were forever changed by these experiences.


“Confluence of Cultures in the American West: A Selection of Contemporary Artists.” On loan from the Peterson Family Collection. Photos by Loren Anderson Photography.

Bruner-Messinger Gallery