The human face is rarely a “blank canvas.” Wrinkles, age spots and other facial features reflect a lifetime of experience and give an immediate sense of the life a person has led. And in the Phippen Museum’s exhibition, Portraits of the West, the artwork on display will focus on characters associated with the American West, revealing their true nature by offering a detailed glimpse of a moment frozen in time.

Through April 22, the museum’s James Gallery will offer a special collection of portraits comprised of items from their Permanent Collection, private collectors and the artists themselves.

While portraits are intended to capture the likeness, personality, and even the mood of an individual, this exhibit’s multidimensional and multi-cultural representations open up new and important perspectives on the diverse peoples and places of the American West.

This exhibit accompanies the current exhibition, Western Treasures of the Phoenix Art Museum, on display in the Marley Gallery through Sunday, Feb. 18.

Call the Phippen Museum, 4701 N. Highway 89, at 928-778-1385 or visit www.phippenartmuseum.org.