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Ben Nighthorse Campbell: Colorado’s Renaissance Man
The Ben Nighthorse Campbell: Colorado’s Renaissance Man exhibit features some of Campbell’s furniture and memorabilia from his U.S. Senate office that he donated to the Center of Southwest Studies in 2004. This will be an ongoing exhibit with a changing emphasis every year. This year features some of Campbell’s stunning jewelry, with pieces borrowed from both Ben and Linda Campbell’s private collection and Shanan Campbell Wells of Sorrel Sky Gallery in downtown Durango. Plans are already in the works to highlight Campbell’s collection of Native American beadwork, his experience as a judo champion, his life as a rancher raising champion quarter horses, and other key themes that explore this Renaissance man over the next couple of years.
Treasures of the Southwest
The Treasures of the Southwest exhibit will annually feature a selection of Southwest textiles from The Durango Collection®, along with paintings from the Bill and Sue Hensler collection of Native American art; historical photographs and postcards from the Pennington Studio and Nina Heald Weber collections; and, pottery, sculpture and other works from the museum and archives collections.
Historical photographs from the region complement the textiles on exhibit and offer visitors insight into the lives and artistic traditions of the weavers. By rotating selections from the collection annually, the Center will provide the public with the opportunity to see more of its collections in the Treasures exhibition.
The Center of Southwest Studies was awarded a grant in the amount of $25,000 from the Henry Luce Foundation’s American Art Program to support the permanent installation of a selection of Southwestern textiles from The Durango Collection® in the Treasures of the Southwest exhibition.
For the first time in its history, the Center is dedicating a portion of its gallery space to both Ben Nighthorse Campbell and the Treasures exhibits to permanently display these collections.