In the early 1980s, the Art of the American West collection was established by a donation of paintings, drawings, and sculpture by Ileen B. and Samuel J. Campbell. The collection has flourished and now includes artwork from over 200 years ago to the present.
The West embodies diverse cultures, traditions, and histories that can be traced through many art forms. Although styles have changed over time, Native American cultures, cowboy life, and landscapes continue to resonate in realistic or imaginative ways. Some artists represent idealized and romantic views of the West, while others seek to convey images as truthful as possible. As art of the West evolves, universal subjects remain steadfast but are revitalized and transformed.