Located in historic Helena Hall, the Taylor Art Gallery houses the Boren Collection of Western Art. This collection is the legacy of Leland and LaRita Boren, longtime Upland residents and loyal supporters of Taylor University. This artistic legacy is the product of a decades-long labor of love: collecting Western and Native American art subjects. The Boren Collection previously decorated Boren’s headquarters, AVIS Corporation, in Upland.
Gallery opening hours
During the summer months, we are preparing for our full fall opening. Please come back in early August to find out the opening date. During the school year, the Gallery will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday to Friday.
Location and parking
You can park on the north or south side of Helena Hall. Enter the gallery through the east doors (up the stairs).
Gallery visit experience
Free entry. The gallery is housed on three levels of the building.
The ground floor/basement exhibition area currently features the water color paintings of James E. Boren (1921-1990). Although this master painter was not a relative of the Boren family, he was clearly a favorite. The collection has more paintings by this artist than any other, including a number of oils. In particular, the level 1 images are mainly executed in gouache. This opaque (not transparent) watercolor is unique for its pastel qualities.
In the entry level rooms and alcoves you will encounter modern working cowboys, paintings and sculptures by Native American artists, and paintings depicting scenes from 1870-1910, the “Golden Age” of the American West.
With the greatest amount of space, the top floor of Helena Hall demonstrates the broader scope of Borens’ artistic tastes. In these galleries, you’ll see more active cowboys and Native American subjects, as well as western landscapes, scenes from the old southwest, portraits, and paintings of four-legged friends – Texas longhorns and buffaloes. Americans – who lived on the Boren ranch in the southern highlands. This floor also has a working classroom with selected paintings to engage a full range of visitors: university students, school-aged children and community visitors.
Questions about visiting a group, artwork, or looking for more information? Contact Kenton Stiles, director of the Boren Western Art Collection, at 765-998-4561 or email [email protected]
The Art at Taylor University
Interested in seeing more art during your visit to Taylor University? The Metcalf Visual Arts Building is a short walk east of Helena Hall and contains the Metcalf Gallery where the work of students and visiting artists is frequently featured. Learn more about studying art at Taylor.