Eternal Learning Series
George Catlin and the Art of the American West
Thursday, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 2014
When George Catlin traveled up the Missouri River to the northern Great Plains in 1832, he was the first artist to paint for any length of time in the Trans-Mississippi West. Two years later, when he traveled to western Arkansas Territory (now Oklahoma), he was again the first to do so. Catlin hoped to document in paint the native peoples in the American West before they felt the effects of mass migrations of other Native American groups due to the Indian Removal Act of 1830. Although devoted to being the chronicler of the “American aborigine,” Catlin also painted “American buffalo” (bison) and this animal’s relationship and importance to Great Plains Indian lifeways. Catlin also dreamed of turning the entire Great Plains, from Montana to Texas, into a giant nature park in which wildlife and native peoples could live relatively undisturbed.
Cost is $50 for the series.
Education on Demand (EoD) at West Texas A&M University offers the Eternal Learning Series twice a year in October and April. This 'learning for life' series was developed to extend our best resource to the community. Each semester a series of topics are selected which are designed to be interesting and thought provoking, as well as providing opportunities for discussion and making new friends. The Eternal Learning Series is informal, fun and there is a no-exam environment.
Past Eternal Learning Series