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In the Principles Office: Tom Ryan the Art Student

April 7 @ 10:00 am - November 11 @ 5:00 pm

Art is not easy. Even those with natural ability often attend schools and studios to learn the principles. Western artist, Tom Ryan (1922-2011), invested six years and three schools in his education; but what did he study? What was it like at the Art Students League in 1951? His lecture notes and assignments answer these questions and more. In April 2018, step into the classroom with Ryan as he takes “General Illustration” with famed teacher Frank Reilly. Learn the principles…

American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters

September 1, 2018 @ 10:00 am - May 12, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

As Lakota artist Oscar Howe wrote in 1958, “There is much more to Indian art than pretty, stylized pictures.” This exhibition highlights this depth and the 20th century American masters who shaped it. Explore early artists such as the Kiowa Six, Tonita Peña, Harrison Begay and the institutions that influenced them — particularly the University of Oklahoma and the Santa Fe Indian School. See how their art, and that of many others, was not limited to a specific medium or…

Cowboy Crossings Opening Weekend

October 4, 2018 @ 8:00 am - January 6, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

In one of the most significant events to impact the fine art world, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum hosts the Opening Weekend event and sale for two outstanding exhibitions. The Traditional Cowboy Arts Association (TCAA) showcases the best of saddlemaking, bit and spur making, silversmithing, and rawhide braiding; while the Cowboy Artists of America (CAA) features fine art from members who celebrate the West through painting, drawing, and sculpture. The TCAA exhibition is on view through January 6,…

Small Works, Great Wonders

November 9 @ 5:00 pm - November 25 @ 10:00 pm

Small Works, Great Wonders® features a fusion of traditional and contemporary paintings and sculptures at affordable prices. Enjoy cocktails with more than 100 of the nation’s finest artists, including many from the prestigious Prix de West. Door prizes, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and live music paired with beautiful works of art make for a truly special evening. Guests may also shop the Holiday Open House at The Museum Store. During this unique sales event, purchasers may leave with art in hand at the…

Horseplay

November 17, 2018 @ 10:00 am - July 14, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

The Museum’s Dickinson Research Center is home to more than 700,000 photographs, 44,000 books, and perhaps unexpectedly, at least 1,000 horses. Meet some of the herd in Horseplay, the new exhibition featuring Tom Lovell’s sketches and studies of this Western icon. The rarely seen prep work reveals how Lovell developed ideas and practiced movement, anatomy, proportion, and personality. Watch horses take shape across mediums and styles. From abstract to realistic, pencil to pastel, small-scale to large, no two are alike.…

The Bison Exhibit

February 8, 2019 @ 8:00 am - May 12, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

ANCIENT. MASSIVE. WILD. February 8 - May 12, 2019 Few animals conjure the power and symbolic presence of the North American bison. Whether painted on a tipi or an artist’s canvas, minted on a nickel, or seen grazing in Yellowstone National Park, the image of the bison stirs in us deep loyalties to the North American landscape. Wild and fundamental, the bison is a familiar part of our shared heritage. This exhibition explores the meaning and significance of this iconic…

The 47th annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale

June 7, 2019 @ 10:00 am - August 11, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum hosts a prestigious invitational art exhibition of more than 300 Western paintings and sculpture by the finest contemporary Western artists in the nation with art seminars, receptions, and awards. The exhibiting artists bring a diversity of styles to this significant art exhibition and sale. Works range from historical pieces that reflect the early days of the West, to more contemporary and impressionistic works of art. Landscapes, wildlife, and illustrative scenes are always highlighted…

Spiro and the Native American Art of the Mississippian World

February 1, 2021 @ 10:00 am - April 28, 2021 @ 5:00 pm

The Spiro people, and their Mississippian peers, are nearly forgotten in the pages of North American history, yet they created one of the most exceptional and highly developed societies in all of the Americas. This exhibition explores the archaeological and historical data connecting the Spiro site and its people to other communities throughout North and Central America, and offers an interpretation into the nature of their community, religious activities, farming and hunting practices, and daily life.  The exhibition also shows…

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