Taylor University officials will Friday dedicate one of the nation’s largest private collections of Western and Native American art during the grand opening of the Boren Art Gallery on Taylor’s campus. The gallery will be home to a collection of paintings and sculptures acquired by the late Leland and LaRita Boren who lived in the Grant County town of Upland.
The Boren collection consists of more than 500 pieces of art depicting numerous facets of Native American life and the American West the couple acquired over the course of their lives.
The collection includes numerous oils and watercolors along with sculptures.
The art gallery is located inside Helena Memorial Hall. The university renovated the hall to serve as the home to the collection. Taylor says the Borens gifted the collection to the university prior to their passings. LaRita passed in 2011 and Leland in 2018.