An original oil painting on canvas by one of Alaska’s most prolific artists, Eustace Paul Ziegler (1881-1969) has been donated to the University of Alaska Southeast Egan Library, Auke Lake Campus.
“The Ford,” is a large painting measuring 40 x 91∏ inches with an appraised retail replacement value of $225,000.
Ziegler, who, like his father, was ordained as a minister, ran an Episcopal mission in Cordova, where he painted religious scenes on the walls, as well as the native people, miners, railroad workers and pioneers of the region. He first sold his paintings from the window of a drugstore.
He became an influential figure in the art community both in Alaska and in Seattle. His art is represented in private, corporate and museum collections in Alaska, the Pacific Northwest and throughout the world.
The painting is on display in the Egan Library, conference room 210 and available for public viewing.
“We are thrilled to have an original Ziegler painting in the Egan Library. His work is widely celebrated for beautifully reflecting early twentieth-century Alaskan frontier life,” said Elise Thomlinson, Interim Regional Director of Library Services, Egan Library.
The painting was donated in memory of the pioneer spirit of Joe and Bessie Thomas that helped pave the way for “present day” Juneau.
“This is just one example of an amazing gift to the university.” Chancellor John Pugh said. “Because of the family’s generosity, an Alaskan art treasure will be shared with the public and can be enjoyed by generations to come.”