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Late NFL owner leaves collection to Eiteljorg

Posted at 6:11 PM, Sep 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-18 18:11:50-04

Late oil magnate and Tennessee Titans owner Kenneth S. "Bud" Adams left his historic collection of Western and Native American art to the Eiteljorg Museum, the organization announced Wednesday.

The multi-million dollar Kenneth S. "Bud" and Nancy Adams Collection, formerly housed in the Adams' Houston home and office, includes significant paintings by Frederic Remington, Charles Russell, N. C. Wyeth, Thomas Moran and more of the most notable painters of the West. The collection also contains Plains Indian beadwork, clothing and hundreds of other Native American objects.

It is one of the largest and most important gifts of Western and Native art the Eiteljorg has received since its founding in 1989, a museum release said.

“We are grateful to the Adams family for entrusting the Eiteljorg with this nationally-significant collection,” said John Vanausdall, president and CEO of the museum. “Rarely does a museum director get to experience a gift of such profound impact. The Adams Collection will enrich the museum and its offerings to the public in a meaningful way.”

Select pieces from the collection were set to be displayed in the museum within the coming months. A major exhibit was planned for November 2016.