“Since 1973, The Cowboy has hosted one of the nation’s most prestigious Western art exhibitions and sales,” said Natalie Shirley, Museum President and CEO. “The original works and involvement by the artists this year was unparalleled, truly showing that the artists and art enthusiasts that come through our doors are the best of the West.”
Prix de West art sale weekend hosted artist demonstrations and seminars that were open to the public with Museum admission. It is the Museum’s largest annual fundraiser, hosting a live auction and a fixed-price art sale that helps to fund Museum exhibitions and family programming. The Museum sold $3,833,200 in art the night of the sale.
Each year, the Prix de West Committee selects works of art that the committee deems to be of exceptional merit, with the top-honored Prix de West Purchase Award winner given to the artist whose work of art is selected by the Committee and purchased for the Museum’s permanent collection. This year Kyle Polzin’s 31” x 50” Oil on canvas painting titled Rough Passage was selected. Polzin received the $65,000 purchase price, a $5,000 award, and the Prix de West medallion sponsored by Roberta M. Eldridge Miller.