The Coutts Museum of Art

The Coutts Museum of Art The Coutts Museum of Art is located in El Dorado, KS and houses over 1,500 fine art pieces and sculptures. Founded by Warren Hall Coutts, Jr. in 1970 as a memorial to his son, the museum features Midwestern artists, and art from around the world.
The Coutts Museum of Art is a 501(c)3 Not for Profit Museum. The Coutts houses over 1,500 objects of art, including original paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings. The collection includes works from Russia, China, France, Holland, England, America, and South America. It has been enriched also by numerous donations of art by friends of the Museum.
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The Coutts Museum of Art houses over 1,500 objects of art, including original paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings. Artworks for the museum were purchased mainly by Warren Hall Coutts, Jr. who traveled extensively and purchased works of art from all over the world. The collection includes works from Russia, China, France, Holland, England and South America. An important part of the museum is the work of prominent Kansas and Midwestern artists. Traditional- The museum has several wonderful examples of the Rococo style, including a prized still life by Georges Jeannin titled Floral Study. Contemporary- The collection offers a wide range of contemporary work starting with a marvelous collection of Prairie Printmaker’s work. The gallery is proud to house the largest Makk collection in the United States. Americo and Eva Makk and son A. B. are a world renowned family of painters. Western- Of particular interest to many viewers is the Western Art section of the gallery, which houses the largest collections of Frederic Remington bronzes in Kansas. As impressive are the Charles M. Russell and Frank Tenny Hoffman sculptures. One delightful aspect of the museum is the tasteful antique furnishings, some of which belonged to the Coutts family. Antique Persian rugs and artful arrangements set the mood for leisurely, relaxed browsing.

Join us in celebrating the Coutts Museum of Art's 50th Anniversary with 50 days of photos of the Coutts family, the buil...
05/01/2020

Join us in celebrating the Coutts Museum of Art's 50th Anniversary with 50 days of photos of the Coutts family, the building, and items from our exhibits of collections leading up to the anniversary on May 30th.

Day 22. This is the Museum's first curator, Helen Fee (b. 1921 - d. 1988). In this photo, Fee is showing the painting "Bob Crosby Show Roping" by Orren Mixer to some children. Fun fact about the painting she is showing, the piece had been in the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, OK and was rumored to have been put up for auction on accident, but wasn't caught until it was too late! The painting is now currently on display on the second floor of the Museum.

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Today is the last day to catch the High School and Butler Community College Student Art Show via out virtual tour! Be su...
05/01/2020

Today is the last day to catch the High School and Butler Community College Student Art Show via out virtual tour! Be sure to check it out before it's gone!

Pictured below is three pieces from the high school show, left to right: "Relief Printmaking" by Ellesa H., "Peony Tissue" by Chloe G., and "Somewhere in Japan" by Rylee R. The second photo shows "Bowl and Vase" by Sophia Flanngan.

See the rest of the great works in this show before it's gone!
https://www.couttsmuseum.org/virtual-museum-tour

Join us in celebrating the Coutts Museum of Art's 50th Anniversary with 50 days of photos of the Coutts family, the buil...
04/30/2020

Join us in celebrating the Coutts Museum of Art's 50th Anniversary with 50 days of photos of the Coutts family, the building, and items from our exhibits of collections leading up to the anniversary on May 30th.

Day 21. Did you know that El Dorado is home to famous comic strip writer Mort Walker? Walker is best known for his newspaper comic strips "Beetle Bailey" and "Hi and Lois". We have a couple of his Beetle Bailey strips in our collection, including the one pictured here.

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Join us in celebrating the Coutts Museum of Art's 50th Anniversary with 50 days of photos of the Coutts family, the buil...
04/29/2020

Join us in celebrating the Coutts Museum of Art's 50th Anniversary with 50 days of photos of the Coutts family, the building, and items from our exhibits of collections leading up to the anniversary on May 30th.

Day 20. This is a picture of the Museum's third floor in the 1980's. The room looks quite different now, and it used to display works from guest artists. The show that is currently on display in this room is the Butler Community College portion of the Student Art Show. To see the show before it ends on May 1st, check out our virtual tour: https://www.couttsmuseum.org/virtual-museum-tour

Here is the photo tutorial for the Coutts Caterpillars bug in a jar craft to go along with the video of the reading! If ...
04/29/2020

Here is the photo tutorial for the Coutts Caterpillars bug in a jar craft to go along with the video of the reading! If you make the craft, be sure to comment or tag us on Instagram (@couttsmuseum), we would love to see them!

04/29/2020
April Coutts Caterpillars - Reading "The Bug Book"

Join us in reading this month's Coutts Caterpillars book "The Bug Book" by Sue Fliess and read by our assistant curator, Sheila. After the video, follow the photo tutorial to make your own bug lantern in a jar!

04/29/2020

Join us in reading this month's Coutts Caterpillars book "The Bug Book" by Sue Fliess and read by our assistant curator, Sheila. After the video, follow the photo tutorial to make your own bug lantern in a jar!

Join us in celebrating the Coutts Museum of Art's 50th Anniversary with 50 days of photos of the Coutts family, the buil...
04/27/2020

Join us in celebrating the Coutts Museum of Art's 50th Anniversary with 50 days of photos of the Coutts family, the building, and items from our exhibits of collections leading up to the anniversary on May 30th.

Day 18. Today we are highlighting one of the most notable artists we have in our collection. Birger Sandzén (February 5, 1871 - June 22, 1954) was born in Sweden, where he studied art before locating to Lindsborg, Kansas. Sandzén's work ranges from intricate paintings to stunning oils and watercolor paintings. We are very honored to display this collection of his prints.

Pictured is his linoleum cut "Dream Canyon." To see more of his works that are on display in the Museum, check out our virtual tour! https://www.couttsmuseum.org/virtual-museum-tour

This is the last week for the High School and Butler Community College Student Art Show! Be sure to check it out through...
04/27/2020
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This is the last week for the High School and Butler Community College Student Art Show! Be sure to check it out through our virtual museum tour before it’s gone!

A fine art gallery in El Dorado, KS that displays permanent collections from such artists as the Makk Family and Frederic Remington as well as exhibitions from traveling and local artists.

Join us in celebrating the Coutts Museum of Art's 50th Anniversary with 50 days of photos of the Coutts family, the buil...
04/25/2020

Join us in celebrating the Coutts Museum of Art's 50th Anniversary with 50 days of photos of the Coutts family, the building, and items from our exhibits of collections leading up to the anniversary on May 30th.

Day 16. This table, buffet, and hutch in our Kansas Gallery are circa 1846. Think about that! Abraham Lincoln was only in his mid 30’s and the Civil War had not occurred yet. If only these pieces could talk!

To see what else we have in our Kansas Gallery, visit our virtual tour at
https://www.couttsmuseum.org/virtual-museum-tour

Join us in celebrating the Coutts Museum of Art's 50th Anniversary with 50 days of photos of the Coutts family, the buil...
04/24/2020

Join us in celebrating the Coutts Museum of Art's 50th Anniversary with 50 days of photos of the Coutts family, the building, and items from our exhibits of collections leading up to the anniversary on May 30th.

Day 15. Yesterday we posted a picture of Bud's graduating law school class, and this is the document of his admittance to practice as an attorney and counselor of the Supreme Court and all the inferior courts of the State of Kansas.

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Check out some of the incredible art we have for sale at our Cornerstone Gift Shop and Capital Campaign Headquarters! Th...
04/24/2020

Check out some of the incredible art we have for sale at our Cornerstone Gift Shop and Capital Campaign Headquarters! This is the work of one of our volunteers, John Simkins. Be sure to stay tuned in to when we will re-open so you can check it out!

Feature Friday! The galleries in the The Coutts Museum of Art are not the only place where we showcase wonderful art. We want to show off some of the art that is currently in the gift shop and introduce some of the artists.

Today we are featuring the works of one of our volunteers, John Simkins. Born American Falls Idaho, 1951. Has lived in Ahwaz, Iran; Nicosia, Cyprus; Santiago, Chile; and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Has lived Eldorado Kansas since 2001. Received High school diploma while boarding at Augustinian Academy in St. Louis, Missouri, 1970. Received Bachelor of Fine Art, at Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas, 1977. Received Bachelor of Education, Wichita State, Wichita Kansas. Received Master of Education (Special ed, - Gifted), Wichita State, Wichita Kansas, 2009.
John works under his given name and under the pseudonym Jack Zeus. He works representationally under John Simkins working from his personal photographs, mainly of the Butler county area. Under the moniker of Jack Zeus his work is abstract.
Both John and Jack work in several mediums: Acrylic, oil, watercolor, and pencil. The Coutts Museum featured John and Jack’s work in May 2019.
John approaches art as a personal form of meditation, where the art products are simply evidentiary pieces that indicate that art has transpired. The sharing of his work is a sharing of a personal part of himself that speaks without words.

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Join us in celebrating the Coutts Museum of Art's 50th Anniversary with 50 days of photos of the Coutts family, the buil...
04/23/2020

Join us in celebrating the Coutts Museum of Art's 50th Anniversary with 50 days of photos of the Coutts family, the building, and items from our exhibits of collections leading up to the anniversary on May 30th.

Day 14. This is the Kansas University Law School class of 1956, from which Warren Hall "Bud" Coutts, III graduated. Can you find the picture Bud?

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The High School and Butler Community College Student Art Show will be available through our online tour through May 1st....
04/22/2020
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The High School and Butler Community College Student Art Show will be available through our online tour through May 1st. Be sure to check it out! https://www.couttsmuseum.org/virtual-museum-tour

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A fine art gallery in El Dorado, KS that displays permanent collections from such artists as the Makk Family and Frederic Remington as well as exhibitions from traveling and local artists.

04/21/2020

Brown Bag Lunch Concert Live-stream w/Dustin Arbuckle & Tom Page! Thanks for tuning in! If you are able, contributions for the artists and the museum are deeply appreciated.
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Don't forget to join us here today at noon for Brown Bag - Dustin Arbuckle and Tom Page - LIVE stream!
04/21/2020

Don't forget to join us here today at noon for Brown Bag - Dustin Arbuckle and Tom Page - LIVE stream!

Join us in celebrating the Coutts Museum of Art's 50th Anniversary with 50 days of photos of the Coutts family, the buil...
04/20/2020

Join us in celebrating the Coutts Museum of Art's 50th Anniversary with 50 days of photos of the Coutts family, the building, and items from our exhibits of collections leading up to the anniversary on May 30th.

Day 11. This painting on our third floor, "Josephine de Beauharnais Tascherdela Pagerie" by artist unknown has and interesting history! In 1971, Warren Hall Coutts, Jr. acquired several major works while in Paris. One of these works was "Josephine." It is believed that Jaqcues Louis David, first painter to the Emperor Napoleon, created the painting.

In 1878, the painting was sent for restoration. The restorer notified Coutts in the process of cleaning the painting that a figure appeared to be coming to the surface behind Josephine. Once the painting was cleaned, the figure of a man with his arm draped around Josephine, holding a rose, was discovered.

The painting was sent for additional cleaning in 1994, and this time, two inscriptions were revealed on the reverse side of the original canvas, and an oval French stencil mark was found in the center of the canvas.

Although it is unconfirmed, there was a vicomte, Paul François Jean Nicolas, who shared many physical characteristics with the man int he painting. It is known that the vicomte Nicolas did, in fact, have an affair with Josephine. Could he be the man in the painting?

Pictured below is the portrait before (left) and after (right) the restoration.

This portrait can be found on the third floor of the Museum in the European Gallery, and can be found in our virtual tour!
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Join us in celebrating the Coutts Museum of Art's 50th Anniversary with 50 days of photos of the Coutts family, the buil...
04/19/2020

Join us in celebrating the Coutts Museum of Art's 50th Anniversary with 50 days of photos of the Coutts family, the building, and items from our exhibits of collections leading up to the anniversary on May 30th.

Day 9. Did you know that we also have art featured outside the Museum? This sculpture, "His Brand" by Yogi Williams (b. 1923- d.1979) and tile mural, "Glory of the Hills" by Phil Epp and Terry Corbett can both be found in the alley between the Museum and our Cornerstone Gift Shop and Capital Campaign Headquarters. These artworks are just part of the 16 sculptures that can be found around Main Street in El Dorado! Even though our building is not open for now, there is still some great art to be found around the community!

Cute idea!
04/18/2020

Cute idea!

Quarantined Woman Creates a Fine Art Museum For Her Guinea Pig By Teresa Mistretta

Join us in celebrating the Coutts Museum of Art's 50th Anniversary with 50 days of photos of the Coutts family, the buil...
04/17/2020

Join us in celebrating the Coutts Museum of Art's 50th Anniversary with 50 days of photos of the Coutts family, the building, and items from our exhibits of collections leading up to the anniversary on May 30th.

Day 8. In addition to our permanent collection of art, we also showcase guest artists. Currently on display we have our annual Student Art Show, featuring art from high schools in Butler County as well as Butler Community College.

Pictured below are three pieces from the high school show: (left to right) "Untitled" by Makayli G., "Tyler" by Tessa Y., and "Bouquet" by Madeline Y., and one piece from the BCC show, "Still Life in Green" by Natalie Nichols.

To see more from the Student Art Show, be sure to check out our virtual tour:
https://www.couttsmuseum.org/virtual-museum-tour

Or check out our schedule of upcoming exhibits:
https://www.couttsmuseum.org/upcoming-exhibitions

Check out some of the incredible art we have for sale at our Cornerstone Gift Shop and Capital Campaign Headquarters! Th...
04/17/2020

Check out some of the incredible art we have for sale at our Cornerstone Gift Shop and Capital Campaign Headquarters! This is one of our long time volunteers, Dick Albright, and a few of the pieces he has currently on display. Be sure to stay tuned in to when we will re-open so you can check it out!

Feature Friday! The galleries in the The Coutts Museum of Art are not the only place where we showcase wonderful art. We want to show off some of the art that is currently in the gift shop and introduce some of the artists.

This week we are featuring one of our long time volunteers, Richard "Dick" Albright. Dick was born in Winfield, Kansas on October 5, 1937. In June 1958, Dick married Leota Pearl Cox, and together they have lived in El Dorado for over sixty years. With some friendly guidance, Dick hand-crafted the family home where he and Leota would raise their children, two daughters and a son, and watch their grandchildren grow up over the next fifty years.

Dick is especially gifted in woodworking and metalworking and can often be found crafting in his workshop. His crafts take many shapes from furniture such as end tables and magazine stacks, to chairs made from aluminum soda cans, to pictures created from pinecones. Nearly all his works of art are made of natural materials or have some natural elements incorporated. Dick is also famous for his peanut brittle, and while it isn't traditional artwork, many in El Dorado still consider it a masterpiece.

Dick has been a supporter of Coutts Museum of Art for several years, serving as both a volunteer and board member. He continues his hobbies of wood and metalworking today and enjoys sharing his knowledge and skills with his grandson.

Written by the artist's granddaughter, Hannah Albright.

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Join us in celebrating the Coutts Museum of Art's 50th Anniversary with 50 days of photos of the Coutts family, the buil...
04/16/2020

Join us in celebrating the Coutts Museum of Art's 50th Anniversary with 50 days of photos of the Coutts family, the building, and items from our exhibits of collections leading up to the anniversary on May 30th.

Day 7. This is a picture of Warren Hall "Bud" Coutts, III, to whom the Museum is dedicated when he was in high school. After graduating from El Dorado High School, Bud graduated from El Dorado Junior College, Stanford University at Palo Alto, California, and of the University of Kansas school of law.

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Join us in celebrating the Coutts Museum of Art's 50th Anniversary with 50 days of photos of the Coutts family, the buil...
04/15/2020

Join us in celebrating the Coutts Museum of Art's 50th Anniversary with 50 days of photos of the Coutts family, the building, and items from our exhibits of collections leading up to the anniversary on May 30th.

Day 6. Can you tell where this is? Take a look at what our lobby looked like in the 1980's, back when it was still primarily a law office with the Museum being located only on the third floor. Compare it to this picture of the lobby taken from the same angle nearly 40 years later!

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Join us in celebrating the Coutts Museum of Art's 50th Anniversary with 50 days of photos of the Coutts family, the buil...
04/14/2020

Join us in celebrating the Coutts Museum of Art's 50th Anniversary with 50 days of photos of the Coutts family, the building, and items from our exhibits of collections leading up to the anniversary on May 30th.

Day 5. Today we are highlighting one of the most notable artists we have in our collection. Frederic Sackrider Remington (October 4, 1861 - December 26,1909) was a journalist, painter, illustrator, and sculptor. He was associated with the The Hudson Rover School, Impressionism, and Tonalism movements. Remington is one of the most copied artists in the world. Theodore Roosevelt, our 26th President, was one of his many patrons. His works are loved around the world. In this room, we have 9 authorized recasts of his works.

To get a better look at the sculptures, visit our virtual tour!
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Join us in celebrating the Coutts Museum of Art's 50th Anniversary with 50 days of photos of the Coutts family, the buil...
04/13/2020

Join us in celebrating the Coutts Museum of Art's 50th Anniversary with 50 days of photos of the Coutts family, the building, and items from our exhibits of collections leading up to the anniversary on May 30th.

Day 4. The woman on the left is the Museum's first curator, Helen Fee (b. 1921 - d. 1988). In this photo, Fee is showing the painting "Bud in the Bluestem" (shown closer up in the second photo) by artist Martha Huff. The painting shows Warren Hall "Bud" Coutts, III riding his horse, Lady. This painting is part of our permanent collection and can be found on display in one of our stairways.

See more examples of what we have in our permanent collection on our website or one of our virtual tours! www.couttsmuseum.org

Join us in celebrating the Coutts Museum of Art's 50th Anniversary with 50 days of photos of the Coutts family, the buil...
04/12/2020

Join us in celebrating the Coutts Museum of Art's 50th Anniversary with 50 days of photos of the Coutts family, the building, and items from our exhibits of collections leading up to the anniversary on May 30th.

Day 3. Happy Easter from the Coutts Museum of Art! Today we are throwing it back to 1932 with a picture of Warren Hall "Bud" Coutts, III, to whom the Museum is dedicated, on his first Easter!

Join us in celebrating the Coutts Museum of Art's 50th Anniversary with 50 days of photos of the Coutts family, the buil...
04/11/2020

Join us in celebrating the Coutts Museum of Art's 50th Anniversary with 50 days of photos of the Coutts family, the building, and items from our exhibits of collections leading up to the anniversary on May 30th.

Day 2. This is a portrait of our museum's founder, Warren Hall Coutts, Jr. (b. 1900- d. 1988). This portrait, painted by artist Tadashi Kitagawa, is on display in the Museum's lobby.

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110 N Main St
El Dorado, KS
67042

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Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 12:00 - 16:00

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Mission:

The Coutts Museum of Art aspires to provide a stimulating and inspiring cultural and educational environment. The Coutts is dedicated to affording a unique visitor experience, and is committed to continuous improvement in every aspect of its collections, programs, interpretation, and presentation. The Museum aims to serve its diverse public as a dynamic, innovative, and welcoming cultural arts center of learning for all ages, heightening public discovery, understanding and appreciation of the arts world.

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The Coutts Museum of Art is a unique regional destination museum and historic gathering place for people to experience the arts through significant and engaging exhibitions, innovative educational efforts and entertaining programs. The Coutts Memorial Museum of Art is located in El Dorado in an historic, three-floor museum, at 110 N. Main. The museum is located in Butler County, which has a population of 67,025 according to the 2016 Census. El Dorado is 25 minutes from Wichita in Sedgwick County, where the population is 511,995, according to Census statistics.

The museum was established in 1970 by Warren Hall Coutts, II., who was an El Dorado attorney. Coutts died in 1988 at the age of 88. He made known his wishes for the continuation of the museum, including new acquisitions and a vision of expanding in the future. The museum Board of Trustees, and new Executive Director Tim Howard, now oversee the operation and development of the museum, and efforts for expanding into two adjourning buildings through capital campaign efforts.

The museum’s artistic focus is to collect, preserve, and exhibit fine art. The museum's collection boasts more than 1,500 pieces of art, including: Makk, Renoir, Thomas Hart Benton, Picasso, Degas, and Frederic Remington.

The Coutts Museum of Art builds social capital by getting people involved though volunteer opportunities, Coutts Club After School Program, Family Art Night, Student Art exhibits and awards, an annual bus trip for any resident to travel with the Museum to visit other museums within a 6 hour radius, and art classes through the year for children and adults. Audience participation at our free, Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series offers the opportunity for people to come together who might not otherwise come into contact with other on a monthly basis. Individual and community cultural outcomes include pride, ownership, and sharing culture and history.

The Coutts also offers rentable art studios for artists who may want to ‘get away’ and privately paint, sculpt, draw, or write. In addition, the Coutts also offers the opportunity for private parties to be held within the Museum for a minor fee/donation.

The arts have a long history of bringing people together across boundaries -- increasing understandings across disparate and historically unequal groups, and supporting the agency of underrepresented communities to create, maintain, and share their own stories. Artists and arts organizations are an important resource in our path to building stronger connections within communities. Through rotating exhibits, the Museum offers the general public the opportunity to come and learn about art, and interact with other members of the community.

Finally, local artists are given the opportunity to schedule an exhibition of their works, a group exhibition, and/or the sale of their own private collection on consignment. This opportunity provides artists the opportunity to interact with local community members they may not have had the opportunity to meet.

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