Collaboration between McDaniel professor Sue Bloom, Westminster physician Dr. Dean Griffin and McDaniel College will bring a special talk on the western art of E. William Gollings to the college's Peterson Hall on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m.
The premier authority on Gollings' work, Dr. William Ward, will speak. The event is free and open to all.
"The lecturer is a friend of mine from Wyoming," said Griffin said in an email interview. "Last year I traveled to Wyoming to hear him give this lecture to a group from the Cowboy Hall of Fame Museum in Oklahoma City. It was excellent."
Ward is a radiologist who trained at the University of Maryland Medical School, according to Griffin and Bloom.
They said he first discovered the work of Gollings as he flew from his home in Laramie, Wy., to remote populations of Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado and Utah, delivering medical care.
It was during his residency when Ward became friends with a gallery owner in Denver, Griffin said.
That began years of collecting the work of E. William Gollings, a true cowboy artist who lived from 1878 to1932.
Legend of 'Paint Bill'
E. William Gollings was known as "Paint Bill" during his lifetime, and worked in watercolor, oils and etching.
He painted cowboys, Indians, wolves, livestock and ranchers. Many of his paintings went east with vacationers at dude ranches, selling for as little as $20.
Ward and his wife, Carole, have amassed a definitive collection of Gollings' work and have arranged to donate more than $5 million in the artists' creations to the University of Wyoming Museum of Art.
Ward has published two books on Gollings' art and commissioned a bronze statue of the artist to sit across the street from the Wyoming State Capitol. His philanthropy in the fields of art and medicine are widely known in the west.
Thursday evening, Ward will talk about Gollings work and his own commitment to documenting Gollings' life and collecting his art work.
Griffin called the event, "a rare opportunity for (guests) to hear a great lecture on Cowboy Art. Dr Ward is very knowledgeable of the art and history of the southwest.
"I am pleased he has agreed to do this while visiting here in Westminster," he added. "My hat goes off to Professor Bloom, who has made this possible."
Kevin DayhoffCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun