Lon Megargee came to Arizona in 1896 and, after a decade as a cowboy, decided to give up ranching for painting. At statehood, he executed fifteen murals for the State Capitol, and for nearly half a century he was intertwined with significant events and institutions connected with this state’s history.
Join ASU Art History Professor, Betsy Fahlman, for this in-depth discussion on Megargee’s lasting influence on art in Arizona, and how it shaped Western-style culture for generations to come.
Registration opens Monday, Jan. 22 and closes Friday, Feb. 21. This is an adults-only event.
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About Betsy Fahlman
Betsy Fahlman is Professor of Art History at Arizona State University and Adjunct Curator of American Art at the Phoenix Art Museum. An authority on the art history of Arizona, her books include New Deal Art in Arizona (2009) and The Cowboy’s Dream: The Mythic Life and Art of Lon Megargee (2002). She is the author of two essays in catalogs published in 2012 by the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff: “New Women, Southwest Culture: Arizona’s Early Art Community” (in Mary-Russell Ferrell Colton: Artist and Advocate in Early Arizona) and “Making the Cultural Desert Bloom: Arizona’s Early Women Artists” (in Arizona’s Pioneering Women Artists: Impressions of the Grand Canyon State).