Now through January 2013, you have the opportunity to see the largest traveling exhibition the Amon Carter Museum of American Art has ever presented-completely free. Opening in Italy in 2010, traveling to Madrid, then Tokyo and now Fort Worth, To See as Artists See: American Art from the Philips Collection is composed of ten thematic units that takes you through a journey across time of American art. Fort Worth, the City of Cowboys and Culture is one of only three cities to host the exhibition.

Duncan Phillips, one of the few voices to champion American art as well as young struggling artists, opened The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. in 1921 as America's first museum of modern art. To See as Artists See is the first large-scale, traveling presentation of The Phillips’s celebrated collection of American art. The exhibit offering a historical narrative of the collection from 1850 to 1960, includes work by over 63 American artists including Georgia O’Keeffe, Stuart Davis, Arthur G. Dove and Walt Kuhn.

After a guided tour last week , what I found most transparent about the exhibit was Duncan Phillip's compassion for young, struggling artists and his artistic eye for paintings that at the time of purchase were worth very little. In the 1920s, Phillip purchased Edward Hopper's Sunday (pictured below) for just $600; now the painting is estimated to be worth well into the millions. This reoccurring motif is apparent throughout the exhibit and uniquely parallels that of the American Dream: taking a chance on someone or something to follow the pursuit of one's passion. Don't miss your chance to view the passion that paid off and see this incredible exhibit in the world-renowned Fort Worth Cultural District.