Story last updated at 8/15/2012 - 1:37 pm
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.
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. UAS Chancellor John Pugh said, "This is just one example of an amazing gift to the university. Because of the family's generosity, an Alaskan art treasure will be shared with the public and can be enjoyed by generations to come."