John & Susan

The John and Susan Horseman Collection of American Art celebrates the breadth of American art and experience in the first half of the 20th century, and preserves the legacy of numerous, sometimes under-recognized American artists.

During the 1920s and 1930s active art scenes developed throughout the midwest, where peers of the well known Regionalists Thomas Hart Benton and John Steuart Curry developed a truly American style based upon the spirited landscapes of Americas first artists, and the abstract stylings of contemporaries in the New York scene. Regionalism found a counterpart in the avant garde aesthetic of the American west, where artists similarly adapted elements of mainstream modernism into local styles. Though somewhat faded from public memory, the artists of these communities played a significant role in shaping American identity during their time.

Including artworks by talented artists working in response to both major artistic and political events of their day, and somewhat in the shadows of modern artists in Europe and New York, the Horseman Collection captures a lively cross section of American art and cultural history.