The Taylor Gallery
Home of the Boren Western Art Collection
Taylor University’s former Student Union, affectionately called the “Dome,” is now being transformed into a gallery for the Leland and LaRita Boren Western Art Collection, a collection donated to the University in fall 2018.
Leland Boren grew up hearing stories of the West from his great-grandfather, and his love for all things Western steadily grew. Since receiving Joe Beeler’s A Pause that Refreshes in 1971 and Beeler’s Renegade from Taylor University later, the Borens have amassed a collection of nearly 500 works of western art. The collection hosts pieces by renowned American West artists in oils, pastels, watercolors, bronze, and marble. These works range from stunning bronze sculptures by Beeler to breathtaking landscape paintings by Annette Hodges. Over 90 unique artists are represented in the Boren collection, all of which come together to create what experts have called one of the leading private western art collections in the United States.
Since 1958, the Dome has served and inspired generations of Taylor students and local community members. Well-recognized by the Indiana Landmarks organization for its architectural significance, the Dome was built by Indiana architect Orus Eash, inspired by the style of Frank Lloyd Wright, who designed the structure with curved structural design, exposed beams, thoughtful approach to natural lighting, and uncluttered interior—all part of the mid-century modernist design.
Now—as the Dome celebrates 60 years of serving students as a dining hall, campus bookstore, and student union—the Dome will continue to facilitate fellowship and a unique learning environment as it is transformed into an art gallery. The Boren collection will be made available to the general public in Central Indiana and to people around the world.
By becoming a place to display these countless masterpieces, the Dome will have the opportunity to inspire future generations of children and students—a poetic continuation of its great legacy and a fulfillment of Leland Boren’s request that his art be available to benefit and inspire others.
Taylor is actively working with interested families and individuals to secure $5.2 million for construction and $1.5 million for endowment to make this stunning facility a reality.
As we prepare The Dome to house the Western Art Collection, we ask you to consider donating toward this project that will have a profound impact for years to come.
Every donation matters—no matter the size.
We also ask for your thoughts and prayers as we move forward with this project. In using this historic location as a new classroom, we hope that this museum will be eye-opening, inspiring, and uplifting for future generations. Please join us in praying for the project; the faculty, students, guests, and friends of the University who will pass through this new space.
Thank you for your generosity!