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Lowell Ellsworth Smith: My Theology of Painting

May 27, 2016 @ 10:00 am - July 9, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

Ohio watercolorist and Prix de West winner, Lowell Ellsworth Smith (1924-2008), once referenced his theology of painting during an interview. Short but meaningful, the phrase summarized his relationship with art. It was more than a hobby or pastime. More than a career. It was the lens through which he saw and experienced the world.   Lowell Ellsworth Smith: My Theology of Painting explores this personal process and approach. Featuring watercolor studies and Smith’s own words and observations, it introduces the…

Power and Prestige: Headdresses of the American Plains

August 26, 2016 @ 10:00 am - May 14, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

War bonnets are an iconic image of the American West, yet the truth behind these emblematic items is more complex than the name would indicate. Going back centuries, feather headdresses played a formalized role in both war and ritual with large and subtle variants in style, use, and design.  This exhibit explores the history and development of the Native American bonnet with a particular emphasis on the “flared” style—the most recognizable and commonly worn North American Great Plains bonnet.  Headdresses,…

The Artistry of the Western Paperback

January 21 @ 10:00 am - May 14 @ 5:00 pm

During the 1940s and 1950s, book illustrators created dynamic and engaging paperback covers for western tales of cowboys, villains, duels, and danger. They might not have been sold in galleries or taken months to complete, but they remain testaments to talent and skill. Study the works of A. Leslie Ross, Robert Stanley, George Gross, Stanley Borack, Tom Ryan, and Frank McCarthy, and decide: is it art or something else? Does it belong on a bookshelf, on exhibit, or both? On…

Hollywood and the American West

February 3 @ 10:00 am - May 14 @ 5:00 pm

Candid, intimate, and raw, these photographs showcase private access to the greatest movie stars, musicians, and directors of all time. Subjects include John Wayne, Natalie Wood, Ann-Margret, John Ford, Gregory Peck, Paul Newman, Kirk Douglas, Bing Crosby, Danny Glover, Kevin Costner, and more. Organized by John Wayne Enterprises and the John R. Hamilton Archives. On display February 3 - May 14, 2017

A Yard of Turkey Red: The Western Bandanna

February 3 @ 10:00 am - May 14 @ 5:00 pm

Many a 19th-century cowboy bought a square yard of Turkey red cloth at the local mercantile and proudly tied it around his neck. The bright red material derived its name from the traditional Turkish process of dying cotton fabric. A rare collection of period bandannas provides Museum visitors a glimpse of authentic neckwear once sought after by young horsemen on the range and later popularized in Western fiction. On display February 3 – May 14, 2017

Power and Prestige Children’s Gallery

February 3 @ 10:00 am - May 14 @ 5:00 pm

Designed to complement the temporary exhibition Power and Prestige: Headdresses of the American Plains, the Museum offers a fun activity space to explore bravery, pageantry, artistry, community, and respect for culture and diversity. The Power and Prestige Children’s Gallery offers dramatic scenes and stories, a mapping journey, a story station reading area, make-and-take activity areas, and continuous programming to engage children to explore on their own, in small groups, or as a family.   On display February 3 – May 14,…

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