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Proctor's "Indian Warrior" is one of seven bronzes on display in "The American West in Bronze" exhibition

Proctor’s “Indian Warrior” is one of seven bronzes on display in “The American West in Bronze” exhibition

After four months at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, “The American West in Bronze, 1850-1925” is moving to the Denver Art Museum.

The arrival of the exhibition serves as a sort of homecoming for Proctor, who spent much of his childhood in Denver. It was within the Rocky Mountains that Proctor began to seriously pursue his artistic talent.

Nicole Parks, Curatorial Assistant for the Petrie Institute of Western American Art, says staff are not only excited about the exhibition, but also the opportunity to educate and provide tools to visitors that may allow them to appreciate bronze sculpture more fully.

“I have heard people mention that our visitors have a mentality that sculpture is something people bump into when backing up to see a painting,” she says.

“We hope this might change with an exhibition like this.”

The exhibition, which features seven Proctor sculptures, opens May 11th inside of the Hamilton Building.

Also present in Denver are two monumental sculptures done by Proctor: “Broncho Buster” and “On The War Trail.” Both are located in Civic Center, right outside of the Denver Art Museum.