Highlands, Indiana, April 20, 2022 — Taylor University officials will dedicate one of the nation’s largest collections of Western and Native American art this Friday, April 22 at 4:30 p.m. during the grand opening of the Boren Art Gallery on Taylor’s campus.
The art gallery will house the collection of paintings and sculptures acquired by the late Leland and LaRita Boren of Upland, Indiana during their lifetime. The Boren Collection consists of over 500 works of art depicting many facets of Native American life and the American West.
The Borens donated the collection to the University before their death; LaRita in 2011 and Leland in 2018.
“I think a lot of people will be impressed with the overall scale and quality of the pieces,” said Boren Art Gallery director Dr Kenton Stiles. “The Borens’ love of Western art is clearly evident in this collection.”
The collection includes many oils and watercolors as well as sculptures.
The new Boren Art Gallery is housed in Taylor’s historic Helena Memorial Hall. Since its construction over 100 years ago, the building has housed many university functions, including the chapel, music, theater, and more recently, admissions and the offices of the rector and provost. Taylor University renovated Helena Memorial Hall to house the collection, honoring the Borens’ request to create a place where people from across the country could visit and enjoy their art.
The Boren Art Gallery is located near the Modelle Metcalf Visual Arts Center, where a museum-quality gallery frequently presents guest exhibits and works by students from Taylor’s art program.