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Western Art Collector - - WESTERN MUSEUM DIRECTORY -

The Brinton Mu­seum is lo­cated on the his­toric Quar­ter Cir­cle A Ranch in the foothills of the Bighorn Moun­tains. First home­steaded in 1880, the prop­erty was sold to Wil­liam Mon­creiffe, who es­tab­lished the Quar­ter Cir­cle A Ranch and built the Ranch House in 1892. In 1923, Mon­creiffe sold the 640-acre Quar­ter Cir­cle A Ranch head­quar­ters to Brad­ford Brinton. An avid col­lec­tor of fine art, Amer­i­can In­dian ar­ti­facts, firearms and books, Brad­ford Brinton filled his home with fine and beau­ti­ful items. He was per­sonal friends with many artists, such as Ed Bor­ein, Hans Kleiber and Bill Gollings, and he col­lected works by Fred­eric Rem­ing­ton, C. M. Rus­sell and John James Audubon. In 1936, Brad­ford Brinton died from com­pli­ca­tions after surgery. His will left the Quar­ter Cir­cle A Ranch prop­erty to his sis­ter, He­len Brinton, who be­lieved the pub­lic should en­joy Brad­ford’s mag­nif­i­cent col­lec­tion of art and that the ranch land be kept in a nat­u­ral state to pro­vide sanc­tu­ary for birds and other wildlife. Brad­ford and He­len Brinton have helped pre­serve the feel­ing of the West at that time for all of us to en­joy to­day. In­cor­po­rated in 2013, the New Mu­seum at the Brad­ford Brinton Ranch launched a cap­i­tal cam­paign to build a 24,000 square foot sta­teof-the-art mu­seum build­ing, which opened June 2015, to in­crease ex­hi­bi­tion space, vis­i­tor ser­vices and stor­age vaults. With the new For­rest E. Mars, Jr. Build­ing, the Brinton Mu­seum re­mains com­mit­ted to pre­serv­ing and in­ter­pret­ing the Brinton lands and all of the mu­seum’s col­lec­tions in or­der to demon­strate their rel­e­vance to the his­toric past, present and fu­ture. Their col­lect­ing em­pha­sis con­cen­trates on Amer­i­can In­dian arts and crafts as well as fine and dec­o­ra­tive art re­lat­ing to the late 19th, 20th and 21st cen­turies. Fo­cus is placed on art and artists who de­picted the West dur­ing these pe­ri­ods.

Ma­jor Upcoming Ex­hi­bi­tions

The Nov. Brinton 18-Dec. 23, 101 2018 Lakota Emer­gence March 20-May 5, 2019 Ergo Sum: A Crow a Day April 20-June 10, 2019

“The Brinton Mu­seum is unique in that it is a his­toric gen­tle­man’s work­ing ranch in a glo­ri­ous set­ting with works of art by sig­nif­i­cant re­gional artists and the Plains In­di­ans who fought to keep the Bighorns as their sa­cred ground.” – Ken­neth Schus­ter, di­rec­tor & chief cu­ra­tor, The Brinton Mu­seum

Wi­nold Reiss por­traits on view at the Brinton Mu­seum.

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