Purchase of Paintings Finalized

Check for paintings - from left, Whitney trustees Tom Belus and Sam Scott, Whitney president Tom Kinnison, school district chair Molly Steel and district trustee Rich Bridger (Photo by Pat Blair)
Check for paintings - from left, Whitney trustees Tom Belus and Sam Scott, Whitney president Tom Kinnison, school district chair Molly Steel and district trustee Rich Bridger (Photo by Pat Blair)

Papers were signed, and a check for just over $3.2 million presented to Sheridan County School District 2 trustees on Wednesday morning as Whitney Benefits trustees finalized their purchase of 10 paintings by western artist Bill Gollings.

The Sheridan philanthropic organization bought the paintings for the appraised value established earlier this year.

Whitney Benefits President Tom Kinnison said the organization has loaned the paintings to the New Museum at the Bradford Brinton, which is just outside the community of Big Horn.

Molly Steel, in her role as chair of the school district board of trustees, accepted the check from Kinnison. She shared her thoughts on the occasion.

District 2 Superintendent Craig Dougherty, interviewed earlier this week, said the district's capital construction committee recommended that the paintings be sold as a way to finance a planned remodel of the fine arts area at Sheridan High School. But he added that trustees have made no decisions regarding how the money will be used.

Schools in Sheridan bought the paintings by Gollings over an eight-year period from 1921 through 1928. The nine signed and one unsigne paintings hung in several school buildings until the early 1970s when the paintings were loaned to Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library.

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Whitney board President Tom Kinnison signs the enlarged check (Photo by Pat Blair
Whitney board President Tom Kinnison signs the enlarged check (Photo by Pat Blair
Kinnison and Steel with the check for purchase (Photo by Pat Blair)
Kinnison and Steel with the check for purchase (Photo by Pat Blair)
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