Iconic Sculpture Planned for Prescott Museum's Entrance

A 14-foot version of George Phippen's "Cowboy in a Storm" is shown during the reproduction process. | Courtesy of Phippen Museum

The entrance to a Prescott museum will soon feature a larger-than-life version of an iconic sculpture by the museum's namesake.

George Phippen's Cowboy in a Storm, which the Prescott artist was in the process of finishing when he died at age 50 in 1966, is being reproduced as a monument that will grace the entrance to the Phippen Museum, located along U.S. Route 89 north of Watson and Willow lakes.

The Phippen Museum said the 14-foot sculpture reflects "all of the trademarks of [Phippen's] extraordinary Western artwork: It's accurate, funny and, just like George, larger than life."

Several organizations, including the Prescott Area Art Trust and the city of Prescott, contributed to the project, the museum said in a news release. "Serving as a gateway to Granite Dells and Prescott, and a heartfelt welcome to visitors from far and wide, this permanent tribute to George Phippen is most appropriate and well deserved," it added.

The sculpture will be unveiled at downtown Prescott's Courthouse Square at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 26, during the Phippen Museum's 44th Annual Western Art Show and Sale, before being installed at the roundabout at the museum's entrance. The public is encouraged to attend the unveiling, the museum said.

For more information, call the museum at 928-778-1385 or visit www.phippenartmuseum.org.


As president of the Prescott Area Art Trust, I would like point out that we are only serving as a facilitator for this project. The real credit should go to the actual donors Ron James and the James Family Trust and Jim Chamberlain of Sun State Builders. Their generosity is making this terrific project possible.

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