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Already operating the successful Turquoise Tortoise Gallery of Native American and Southwest art and jewelry, founder Peggy Lanning discovered the work of distinguished artist Alfred Rogoway (1900-1990) and the seeds of what would become Lanning Gallery took hold. Rogoway had returned to the Southwest after decades in Spain and his paintings spoke to Lanning as dramatically as they had affected art critics of the 1930s when Rogoway’s notoriety first established itself.
Lanning set off in her jeep to drive to the small town in Southern Arizona where the artist had settled, to meet him and see more of his paintings. She returned to Sedona determined to find a way to accommodate not only Alfred Rogoway but the many other fine artists who happened not to be Native American. Within the year, she had founded Lanning Gallery, in 1986, located across from her first gallery. Decades later, both of the galleries Lanning founded remain in the same locations anchoring the heart of Sedona’s Gallery District which has grown up around them
With over fifty current artists, and having grown to over 3700 square feet of space, Lanning Gallery has the distinct reputation as the finest Classic and Contemporary gallery in Sedona, Arizona.
A Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Peggy Lanning by the mayor of Sedona in 2017 capped an extraordinary career for the 84-year-old famed gallerist who had decided, finally, to retire. Leaving her dedicated staff and her many fine artists in great hands was a priority and, to that end, Lanning sold her galleries to Thomas and Jennifer Bryant Nagel. It was pure destiny that the deep connection Jennifer felt for the paintings of Alfred Rogoway helped to make their decision to take over the galleries certain.
Avid art-lovers, the Nagels are dedicated to continuing the galleries’ strong legacies as they usher in the years and decades to come.
Thomas Nagel, with passions in photography and sculpture, received Bachelor Degrees in both Advertising and Photography from Northern Arizona University (NAU) as well as an Associate Degree in Computer Sciences. He has strong professional strengths in operations management which will be vital in updating the galleries’ infrastructure and streamlining efficiencies with an eye toward increased social media, national and international presences.
Dr. Jennifer Bryant Nagel received her MFA from Notre Dame and holds a PhD in English Literature. She is beginning a one-year post as a lecturer at NAU offering four courses each semester in subjects that include Women’s Literature and Theory as well as American Gothic Fiction. From a family of art collectors and being an educator, Jennifer strongly believes that “art is that thing that makes us human.” She and Thomas look forward to raising their young daughter, Evie, with that same orientation to life, to surrounding her with the galleries’ art and teaching her, by example that you really can get up each day and do something you love.
Heading the galleries' dedicated staff is Executive Director Isabelle Cozart who joined Lanning Gallery in 1998 after more than fifteen years in the art business. Cozart had distinguished herself in corporate art including the curation of established major corporate collections as well as building corporate collections from the ground up. She worked alongside Peggy Lanning in the founding of the Sedona Gallery Association and continues to play an important role as an SGA officer and on the SGA Marketing Committee.