Step back in time as you enter the Ted Long Legacy room at the Prairie Arts Center. This room is designed after Long's studio, an old log cabin that his great grandfather homesteaded in the 1800s. North Platte native and nationally known artist, Ted Long (1932-2007), is recognized as one of the foremost western artists in the country.
Long was energized by his love of the outdoors and the beautiful rustic surroundings of his North Platte studio. He dedicated his life to accurately portraying the legacy of the Old West, before he passed away at his home in 2007.
Long’s work is recognized worldwide and in private collections, galleries, museums and commercial settings. Actor John Wayne purchased Monarch of the Plains, a sculpture that depicts a buffalo attacking a pair of Native Americans on horseback. Wayne had placed a single stipulation on the purchase: Long must deliver it in person to Wayne’s residence in California. In 1987, Long presented President Ronald Reagan with The Last Farewell, a bronze of Buffalo Bill Cody. Long's sketches, oil paintings and bronze sculptures in this room, tell a story about his passion for nature, history and the west.