Donation to Luther Bean Museum adds to Moyers collection

(06-08-2011)

Article by Lace King

The Adams State College Luther Bean Museum increased its William Moyers collection thanks to Donna Kingery and her sister, Beverly Price. The Kingery and Price Collection includes sketches and children's books illustrated by Moyers. Moyers, a 1939 Adams State graduate, worked as a painter, illustrator, and sculptor. He received numerous awards for his work, including the American Artist Award in 1945 and numerous awards from the Cowboy Artists Association. Moyers was named Adams State Outstanding Alumnus in 1963 and in 1992, he and his wife, Neva, received honorary doctorate degrees. Moyers passed away in 2010.

Price graduated from Adams State in 1969 and Kingery took classes at the college. Kingery said she wanted others to experience the diversity of work by Moyers. "We wanted the collection to stay in the Alamosa community." Growing up, Price and Kingery lived close to the Moyers family and the families spent time with each other during the summers. "We grew up together," she said.

In addition to the Moyers memorabilia, Kingery and Price donated over 30 years of the San Luis Valley Historical Association's annual publication, the San Luis Valley Historian. "My mother was a member (of the San Luis Valley Historical Association) from its very beginning, and I wanted the Adams State community to have access to the material," Kingery said.

According to Dr. Dick Goddard, associate professor of archaeology, the Luther Bean Museum appreciates the donation. "The mission of the Luther Bean Museum is to preserve and tell the story of Adams State College and the San Luis Valley. This donation is squarely within the scope of that mission and helps us to accomplish those ends."