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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Lecture on the western cowboy art of E. William 'Bill' Gollings at McDaniel College, Oct. 13 Collector, author to speak at Peterson Hall event


Lecture on the western cowboy art of E. William 'Bill' Gollings at McDaniel College, Oct. 13 Collector, author to speak at Peterson Hall event





As a result of the collaboration of McDaniel professor Sue Bloom, local Westminster physician Dr. Dean Griffin and McDaniel College, a special talk on the western art of E. William Gollings will be held on Thursday evening October 13th in Peterson Hall at McDaniel College at 7 pm.

The premier authority on Gollings' work, Dr. William Ward, will be speaking.

According to Griffin and Bloom, Ward is a radiologist, who trained at the University of Maryland Medical School. He discovered the work of Gollings as he flew from his home in Laramie, Wyoming, to the remote populations of Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado and Utah, delivering medical care.

It was during his residency when Ward became friends with a gallery owner in Denver, according to Bloom and Griffin. Thus began many years of collecting the work of E. William Gollings, a true cowboy artist, who lived from 1878 to1932, in Wyoming.

Ward and his wife, Carole, have amassed the definitive collection of Gollings work and have arranged to donate over $5 million in Gollings work to the University of Wyoming Museum of Art.

Ward has published two books on Gollings' art and commissioned a bronze statue of Gollings to sit across the street from the Wyoming State Capitol. His philanthropy in the fields of art and medicine are widely known in the west.

E. William Gollings was known as “Paint Bill” during his lifetime and he worked in watercolor, oils and etching. He painted cowboys, Indians, wolves, livestock and ranchers. Many of his paintings went east with vacationers at dude ranches, selling for as little as $20.

Griffin said in a recent e-mail interview, “The lecturer is a friend of mine from Wyoming … Last year I traveled to Wyoming to hear him give this lecture to a group from the Cowboy Hall of Fame Museum in Oklahoma City.

“It was excellent,” said Griffin. Dr. Ward has quite an extensive collection. This artist and the lecturer are very well known in the southwest of the United States. Several of Gollings paintings are in the Grand Room of the Wyoming State House and there is a bronze statue of Bill Gollings on the lawn of the Wyoming State House.

“This is a rare opportunity for you to hear a great lecture on Cowboy Art. Dr Ward is very knowledgeable of the art and history of the southwest. I am pleased he has agreed to do this while visiting here in Westminster. My hat goes off to Professor Bloom who has made this possible.”

Thursday evening, Ward will talk about Gollings work and his own commitment to documenting Gollings' life and collecting his art work. The event is open to the public.

Submitted by Kevin Dayhoff 





Lecture on the western cowboy art of E. William 'Bill' Gollings at McDaniel College, Oct. 13



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