Envisioned in February 2001 as a meaningful tribute to A. Keith Brodkin by his wife Judith A. Brodkin,
this project is critical toward achieving the Donald C. & Elizabeth M. Dickinson Research Center's
goal to preserve, expand, enhance and make available its collections and, more specifically, to provide
future artists, art historians, educators, and researchers with materials that document contemporary
western art. Often overlooked and lost to posterity, these materials include the personal papers, studio
ephemera, photographs, and interviews of contemporary western artists. Effectively, this project preserves
artists' careers for posterity.
An avid western art collector, Alan Keith Brodkin (1935-1998) was chairman and chief executive of
Massachusetts Financial Services Investment Management when he died in February 1998 at the age of 62.
The significant endowment backing this memorial project was made possible by Judith A. Brodkin, Jeffrey
L. Shames, John Davenport and the A. Keith Brodkin Estate. To them go our appreciation and gratitude.
This alcove is designated to present artists' lives and works preserved through the A. Keith Brodkin
Contemporary Western Artists Project.
A recent exhibit in the Atherton Alcove was "Reese's Pieces: The Art & Life of William F.
Reese." Born in Pierre, South Dakota on July 10, 1938, William F. Reese characterizes his work
as post impressionist with a touch of expressionism. After a near death experience due to peritonitis
from a ruptured appendix in 1970, Reese determined to pursue an art career and quit the sign painting
business that had sustained his family for years. He began his long association with this museum in 1977
as a guest artist at the National Academy of Western Art Annual Exhibition, now called the Prix de West
"Reese's Pieces: The Art & Life of William F. Reese." In this exhibit space, a
television screen played a video loop of interview excerpts with artist Bill Reese. The interview
took place in Wenatchee, Washington, on March 27, 2001, by Gail Woerner.
"Reese's Pieces: The Art & Life of William F. Reese." Selected pieces of Reese's
artwork is on display on the walls and in one enclosed case.
The former exhibit in the Atherton Alcove highlighted quotes and video interview excerpts from several artists
interviewed for the Brodkin Contemporary Western Artists Project.