Wilson Hurley Interview

Wilson Hurley Interview, 1995
2 audio cassette tapes
Location: Audio Stacks
Accession #: RC2010.008


This collection consists of two cassette tapes featuring a discussion with Wilson Hurley about the triptychs. Interview is conducted by Duane Chartier in 1995.


Wilson Hurley
The artist Wilson Hurley was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on April 11, 1924. In 1972, Hurley became a member of the National Academy of Western Art, and in 1984, he was given the Prix de West Purchase Award by the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. In 1991, Hurley painted five large triptychs for the Special Events Center at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, each celebrating the beauty of western landscapes of Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, California, and Wyoming. In 1996, he completed the triptychs and titled the series, “Windows to the West” because of the diversity of geographical locations and, in his words, to “show a view of the world passed through another’s mind.”

Duane R. Chartier
Chartier installed the five triptychs in the Special Events Center at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum between February 1991 and August 1996. From his curriculum vitae, Chartier explains the experience: “This was a five-year project to provide technical advice, fabrication and installation services for 5 triptychs with 16’x16′ center panels and 10’x16′ wing panels. Work included the custom design and fabrication of interlocking honeycomb aluminum panels onto which the paintings were marouflaged. This is the world’s largest landscape painting installation.” 

Content consists of two audio cassette tapes. Recorded length of interview is unknown. A transcription has not been made yet, although the tapes have been converted to digital recordings on CD.

The Center received the two audio cassettes from Bill Wyles on January 11, 2010 and the signed gift agreement on January 15, 2010. The two cassettes were processed in March 2010. The guide was written and updated online on April 5, 2010.

Digitized audio is available for study purposes. It is advisable for researchers to discuss their proposed research with staff prior to visiting the Center.

Wilson Hurley Interview by Duane Chartier, Box ##, Folder ##, Dickinson Research Center, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.