The Founders’ Gallery is home to the Tucson Museum of Art’s collection of works by Olaf Wieghorst.
Born in Denmark, Wieghorst was a child acrobat and stunt rider who performed across Europe with the Danish Circus. In 1918, he arrived in the U.S. after time as a sailor, and enlisted in the U.S. Cavalry. At the end of his service, Wieghorst worked as a ranch hand in New Mexico, an experience that would later shape his artistic career.
In 1923, Wieghorst became a mounted police officer in New York. He painted in his spare time, but did not pursue a full-time art career until he retired in 1944. The same year, he moved to El Cajon, California, and focused on Western art. In addition to painting, Wieghorst produced bronzes, prints, and commercial materials. This gallery celebrates the variety of work by this prolific artist and his contributions to the Art of the American West.