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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. Tom Ryan Collection. Dickinson Research Center, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. 2002.032.6 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 – 1945, the small drawings provide a snapshot of…

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 celebrated Oklahoma artist Jerome Tiger’s passing (1941 – 1967). In only five years, Tiger produced a wealth of artworks and won numerous awards throughout the country. Today, his pieces are housed in museums across the nation, and Tiger is recognized as one of the greatest Native American artists. To honor the anniversary, this…

Cowboy Crossings

October 5, 2017 @ 10:00 am - January 7, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

Featuring the Cowboy Artists of America (CAA) 52nd Annual Sale & Exhibition and the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association (TCAA) 19th Annual Exhibition & Sale. In one of the most significant events in the world of fine art, the Museum hosts the Opening Weekend events and sale for two outstanding exhibitions. TCAA showcases the best of saddlemaking, bit and spur making, silversmithing, and rawhide braiding, while CAA features art celebrating the West through painting, drawing, and sculpture. The Cowboy Crossings exhibition opens to…

Small Works, Great Wonders

November 10 @ 10:00 am - November 26 @ 5:00 pm

William Haskell, Uproar. 9" x 12," Acrylic. Small Works, Great Wonders® features a fusion of traditional and contemporary paintings and sculptures at affordable prices. On opening night, 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…

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.

Do You See What I See? Painted Conversations by Theodore Waddell

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

Lynn’s Narcissus. Theodore Waddell, 1997, oil and encaustic on canvas, 72 x 72 in. Much of what the Museum’s visitors have come to see and expect in experiencing art is largely influenced by the contemporary artists who paint and sculpt the American West in what is considered an expression of “realism.” This exhibition will redirect the visitor’s attention to the importance of what you do not see rather than what you do see on the canvas, and the opportunity to…

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.…

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

June 8, 2018 @ 8:00 am - August 5, 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…

Spiro and the Native American Art of the Mississippian World

February 15, 2019 @ 10:00 am - May 12, 2019 @ 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…

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…

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