Works of Art by Olaf Wieghorst

The Founders’ Gallery

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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.

The Founders’ Gallery is dedicated to the exhibition of Art of the American West, highlighting our rich regional history and the vibrant role of western life and culture in art. The following visionaries and contributors have helped establish the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block as a centerpiece for the exhibition of art, history, and culture:

Museum Hours:
Tuesday – Sunday
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Museum is closed on Mondays. Free First Thursday of each month from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Friends of Western Art

John K. Goodman

Juliet Absolon

Lee and Ula Beaudry

Lillian Calistri

Sam & Irene Campbell

Count Ferdinand Von Galen

Ed & Barbara Gladish

Jack Mulcahy

Mr. & Mrs. Harvey Spivack

Lucille E. Williams

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