Free Admission at Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert, The Galen

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Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert, The Galen re-opened on September 27, featuring the first exhibition of the season A Grand Adventure: American Art of the West, through January 4, 2015. In addition, the museum now offers free admission every day, ongoing, made possible by Helene Galen’s recent generous donation of $50,000 per year that will underwrite fees the next five years to cover free admission.

“Now that the Palm Springs Art Museum has an established presence in the East Valley with a Palm Desert Campus, we hope to engage the community with the incredible collections and ongoing exhibitions by welcoming visitors free of charge,” said local philanthropist Helene Galen. “We start the season with A Grand Adventure, and we do hope the coming year is!”

A Grand Adventure brings together forty-five significant classic and traditional artworks from twenty private collections. The artworks span nearly one hundred years dating from the latter half of the nineteenth century through the early decades of the twentieth century. Landscape and genre paintings of the American west by Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Moran, Charles Russell, Frederic Remington and Henry F. Farny will be featured with artworks from the Taos Society of Artists, Santa Fe Art Colony, and California Impressionists including E.I. Couse, Walter Ufer, Edgar Payne, Guy Rose, Granville Redmond, and Maynard Dixon among others.

Recognizing celebrated artists creating works around the promise of adventure that the American frontier provided, the West became synonymous with the American ideals of freedom and individuality. By the turn-of-the-century numerous artists were drawn to this style of art as populations in the Southwest and southern California grew, creating a new genre of Western art.

This exhibition is organized by the Palm Springs Art Museum and funded by Presenting Sponsors Carol and Jim Egan, the museum’s Western Art Council and its Gold Sponsors Diane and Sam Stewart, and Silver Sponsors Jean C. Carrus, Mrs. Lawrence (Mary) Cone, Leonard Goldberg, Elaine Hill and John Schoettler, Al and Carol-Ann Olson, and Maureen and Philip Ramer. Additional support provided by Steven Stern and Marcel Vinh and Daniel Hansman Exhibition Season Sponsors: Dorothy and Harold J. Meyerman.

Helene Galen’s $1 million donation in 2011 to the Palm Springs Art Museum was key to the museum’s expansion with a Palm Desert campus. Galen has served on a committee or board at the Palm Springs Art Museum for over 25 years.

The museum is open Tuesday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday noon to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free every day. In addition, the museum begins Free 1st Fridays of every month beginning November 7, and free yoga in the Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden every Wednesday beginning November 5.

About the Palm Springs Art Museum

The Palm Springs Art Museum is the largest cultural institution in the Coachella Valley and includes three locations in Palm Springs and Palm Desert. The flagship building is located in downtown Palm Springs and features compelling art exhibitions and a vast permanent collection, all on view in a 150,000 square foot, architecturally-significant building. The soon-to-open Architecture and Design Center will feature exhibitions and programming that explore the rich topics of architecture and design. The Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert is an 8,400 square foot, Silver LEED-certified building named The Galen that presents changing exhibitions and collections. It is surrounded by the four-acre Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden that features more than ten important sculpture works. For more information, call (760) 322-4800) in Palm Springs or (760) 346-5600 in Palm Desert or visit www.psmuseum.org, and follow the Museum on Facebook, Twitter and InstaGram.

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