Gollings & Kleiber: In the Classroom
This exhibition features outstanding paintings and fine intaglios by two of Wyoming’s celebrated artists, Gollings & Kleiber, who lived and worked in Sheridan County. On display is artwork from The Brinton’s Museum’s Bradford Brinton Memorial Collection and the John and Virginia Patton Collection of Hans Kleiber prints and watercolors. Paintings by Elling William “Bill” Gollings from The Brinton Museum’s permanent collection of art as well as six iconic paintings on loan from Whitney Benefits, Inc. are included in the exhibit.
Lesson Plans are available through the museum’s Education Department. Students will learn about the fascinating lives of these two exceptional artists and the relevance of their art to Sheridan County. To schedule a school tour contact Curator of Exhibitions and Education Barbara McNab at email@example.com or call 307-763-5924. Admission to The Brinton Museum is offered FREE for teachers and students.
For sample lesson plans specifically designed for this exhibit please go to our Educator Resources page, where several are available to download.
Elling William "Bill" Gollings (1878 - 1932)
Known as a cowboy artist, Elling William “Bill” Gollings was born in 1878 in Pierce City, Idaho and educated in Chicago. As a young man, he worked as a wrangler on his brother DeWitt’s ranch in Rosebud, Montana. Fascinated by the works of the American artist, Frederic Remington, Gollings pursued a career in art becoming an accomplished painter. His work reflects a deep admiration for the hard-working cowboy and a love of ranch life. The beauty of the land, the open range, wildlife, cowboys, ranches and the American Indian peoples are all subjects that he painted. His art studio once stood near the site of what is today the Henry A. Coffeen Elementary School in Sheridan.
Hans Kleiber (1887 - 1967)
The artist Hans Kleiber was born in 1887 in Germany to Austrian parents. He missed the beautiful mountains in Jaegerndorf, Silesia, when the family moved to Massachusetts, he was then 13 years old. Following his dream to pursue a career in forestry, Kleiber moved West in 1906 and was employed by the U.S. Forest Service for work in a Wyoming lumber camp in Woodrock, located at the head of the Tongue River in Bighorn Mountain Country. It was the mountains and the forests that would offer endless sources of inspiration for his hundreds of intaglios and beautiful watercolors. Amazingly, Kleiber was self-taught as a printmaker but achieved national and international acclaim for his work receiving the prestigious Society of California Silver Medal Award for his intaglio, Leaving The High Country that depicts a family of elk leaving the snow-covered mountains in winter. His work was featured in a one-man show at the Smithsonian Institution, United States National Museum in November 1943 to January 1944. Kleiber’s studio in Dayton exists today and is open to the public.