A.R. Mitchell Museum Forms Partnership with Western State University.
(Excerpts and photos by Steve Block of The Chronicle News)
The A.R. Mitchell Museum solved a problem by solving a problem. The Museum needed professional assistance in creating a much-needed new display of Mitchell’s large collection of landscape paintings that had been kept in storage. Western State University’s new Masters of Gallery Management and Exhibits Specialization (MGES) program needed experiential learning experiences for their students. The serendipitous collaboration began with a simple phone call from Mitchell Board President Suz Porterfield to the Anschutz Collection of Denver which led to the contact with Western State.
“The partnership between Western’s MGES program and the A.R. Mitchell Museum of Western Art also means that Mitchell’s teaching legacy has come full circle. Mitchell wrote, ‘If I merely break a trail for others who will surpass me, I will be satisfied and maybe the footprints of the one who showed them the way need not be rubbed out entirely.’”