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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…

Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale

June 9 @ 10:00 am - August 9 @ 5:00 pm

Frontier Commerce by Tim Solliday. Oil on canvas, 30" x 46." The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum hosts a prestigious invitational art exhibit of more than 300 Western paintings and sculptures 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…

Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan

July 21, 2017 @ 10:00 am - April 1, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

Cartoon. Tom Ryan, circa 1945, drawing. 2002.032.6. Tom Ryan Collection. Dickinson Research Center, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Acclaimed Western artist, Tom Ryan (1922-2011), spoke often in his later years about those who inspired him. N.C. Wyeth. Howard Pyle. Frank Reilly. Even Rembrandt—but a composition book and a handful of sketches from the Museum’s Dickinson Research Center reveal another influence—cartoons and comic strips. Dating from 1936 to 1945, the small drawings provide a snapshot of Ryan’s high school and…

Vintage Black Heroes: The Chisholm Kid

July 21 @ 10:00 am - September 17 @ 5:00 pm

  The first black cowboy to be featured in a comic strip, The Chisholm Kid appeared from 1950 – 1954 in the Pittsburgh Courier’s comic insert. To mark the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail – and to pay homage to the 5,000 – 9,000 black cowboys who drove cattle along the trail from Texas to Kansas following the Civil War – this exhibition features panels from the original comic strip. Known as the “Lone Fighter for Justice for All,”…

We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma

August 19 @ 10:00 am - October 22 @ 5:00 pm

Family portrait, circa 1915. Henry M. Wantland, photographer. Stillwater, Oklahoma. 2000.005.3.0654a. Robert E. Cunningham Collection, Dickinson Research Center, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. In 1891, Henry M. Wantland and his young family arrived in Oklahoma Territory and settled in Stillwater, a small town born of the Land Run and bustling with opportunity and ambition. He eventually purchased a photography studio and spent the next two decades recording the world around him—not just the people, but the streets they walked,…

Life and Legacy: The Art of Jerome Tiger

August 25, 2017 @ 10:00 am - May 13, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

The Coming Weather. Jerome Tiger (Muscogee/Seminole), 1967. The Arthur and Shifra Silberman Collection, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. 1996.27.1013. August 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the passing of one of Oklahoma’s most celebrated artists—Jerome Tiger. Having only painted for 5 years, Jerome Tiger produced hundreds of works of art and won numerous awards throughout the country. Today, his work is shown in museums across the nation and he is recognized as one of the greatest Native American artists. …

Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum

February 9, 2018 @ 10:00 am - May 13, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

Museums typically exhibit only a very small percentage of their collections. In the vast holdings of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, there are pieces that, for one reason or another, are rarely on view. This exhibition presents a variety of items that have seldom been “out of the vault,” and gives the visitor a unique look at why, what, and how museums collect. This exhibition is organized by the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

In the Principles Office: Tom Ryan the Art Student

April 7, 2018 @ 8:00 am - November 11, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

Art is not easy. Even those with natural ability often attend schools and studios to perfect technique and application. 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…

The 46th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale

June 1, 2018 @ 8:00 am - August 1, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum hosts a prestigious invitational art exhibit 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…

Cowboy Crossings Opening Weekend

October 1, 2018 @ 8:00 am - October 31, 2018 @ 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 showcases the best of saddle making, bit and spur making, silversmithing, and rawhide braiding; while the Cowboy Artists of America features fine art from two dozen members who celebrate the West through painting, drawing, and sculpture. The TCAA exhibition is on view through January…

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