During his lifetime, Kenneth S. “Bud” Adams Jr. H ’37, ’40, amassed a large collection of Western art and Native American artifacts. But calling it a collection, while technically true, does not really do justice to what Adams assembled: A monument to a passion for a unique historical, geographical and cultural segment of the United States, for sure, and even the world at large.
And now the rest of the world can see the extent of Adams’ collection as the exhibit “Titan of the West” at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis, with a special discount for Culver alumni and alumnae, students and campers, parents and friends.
Most people outside the Culver community (and many within it no doubt), most likely know of Adams as the owner of the Tennessee Titans and as a successful oil magnate. But he was also an enrolled member of the Cherokee tribe, among other accomplishments, and was very proud of his heritage.
His love for the American West not only led him to amass an extensive collection of art and artifacts, but after his death, he ensured that others could see what he saw in the culture of the West, by gifting his collection to the Eiteljorg, the museum’s most significant gift in its history. The collection includes, but is by no means limited to, paintings by Western art giants such as Frederic Remington, Charles Russell, N. C. Wyeth and Thomas Moran. The collection also includes Plains Indians beadwork, clothing and hundreds of other objects.
The Culver Alumni Office has arranged with the Eiteljorg to allow members of the Culver community to view this nationally significant exhibit from Jan. 1 to Feb. 5, when the exhibit ends, at a special discounted rate of $6.50 per person (that’s half off regular adult admission and 50 cents off children’s admission). Simply click here for a special voucher that only needs to be shown at the time of admission to the Eiteljorg.