George Phippen, western painter and sculptor, was co-founder and the first President of the Cowboy Artists of America. Phippen passed away in 1966, but his work ethic and inspirational character encouraged a group of friends and family to pursue the creation of a facility in his honor that would specifically represent artists and artwork of the American West. Today the art, heritage, history and legends of the American West come alive at the Phippen Museum. The 17,000 sq. ft facility now boasts studio replicas, four galleries, a museum store, multipurpose classroom, research library and four permanent exhibits, including the Western Herigage Gallery and the Solon H. Borglum collection room.