The Magnificent Fifty

Bryan College is the permanent home to a collection of 50 prints by acclaimed watercolor artist Susan Cassidy Wilhoit.

Called The Magnificent Fifty, the collection infuses in its viewers a profound sense of public pride and shared accomplishment. Wilhoit has captured the unique legacy of each state in her renditions of these awe-inspiring public structures.

Image: Tennessee State Capitol


The collection symbolizes the power accorded the states by our Constitution, the inherent responsibility to public service, and the shared goals that make this nation strong.

Foundation of Faith

Each print has a placard indicating the statehood date and the building’s architectural style. These signs’ main focus, however, is to demonstrate the foundational belief in and acknowledgment of God’s providence and blessing within each state’s heritage. While we regularly hear the loud harangue of those who seek to separate church and state, this exhibit quietly and elegantly stands as a testament to our country’s foundation of faith.

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Image: Illinois State Capitol


To begin your self-guided tour, enter the middle doors of Mercer Hall on the parking lot side of the building. Located in the first-floor lobby, a grand watercolor of the U.S. Capitol introduces the Magnificent Fifty exhibit. Visitors then proceed through the exhibit clockwise along the first floor for the first 21 statehouse prints, and then the second for the final 29. The exhibit is open Monday – Friday, 8am – 4:30pm, except for holiday breaks when college offices are closed.