Whitney Pays Appraisal Value for Paintings

Sheridan County School District 2 Superintendent Craig Dougherty confirmed Tuesday that Whitney Benefits purchased Bill Gollings paintings from the district for the appraised value of just over $3.2 million.

School district trustees voted at their meeting Monday night to approve a contract awarding sale of the 10 paintings to the philanthropic foundation. The school superintendent was asked if the district has made any decisions on how it will use the funds.

He said no decisions have yet been made, but trustees are considering options

He spoke also of recognizing the people who secured the paintings for the school district back in the 1920s.

Schools in Sheridan bought the paintings by Gollings for eight years, from spring 1921 until spring of 1928. For many years, the nine signed and one unsigned painting hung in the John S. Taylor School, Linden, the high school, Coffeen and Custer schools. Paintings were later moved and displayed at the old Highland and Meadowlark elementary schools.

The superintendent said the district in the 1970s started to realize the value of the paintings. He said when the Sheridan County library was built on Alger Street, the district loaned the paintings to the library to be displayed and kept in trust for the district.

He added he is pleased that Whitney Benefits has purchased the paintings and plans to keep them in the community. He said this will be a great gift.

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