Peck’s Living Legacy
2023 marks the 40th anniversary of Clara S. Peck’s donation. Looking back, we can see how our collection has grown and changed based on our evolving mission and values.
The core of our collection was the gift of Bob and Hertha Rockwell, local business owners who gathered an incredible collection of Western American art and objects of material culture, Frederick Carder Steuben glass, classic firearms and antique toys. In 1983, seven years after the Museum was founded, we received a transformational gift from Clara S. Peck: 27 paintings, 2 books, 1 sculpture and generous funds that would become a source for the acquisition of artworks.
As we have grown over time, our focus has changed from an exploration of the Art of the American West to a celebration of the Art of the American Experience. The acquisition funds have enabled us to purchase artworks that align with changing ideas and allow us to tell new stories, feature makers who have been overlooked or marginalized and add women, people of color and LGBTQ+ individuals to the story we tell about American Art and the American experience.