Current Exhibitions

Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan

July 21, 2017 - April 1, 2018

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...

Life and Legacy: The Art of Jerome Tiger

August 25, 2017 - May 13, 2018

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...

Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum

February 9, 2018 - May 13, 2018

Museums typically exhibit only a very small percentage of their collections. In the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum's vast holdings, 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...

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

February 9, 2018 - May 13, 2018

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...





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