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The Museum will be closed December 9 for a private event.



February 24-July 26, 2023

Presented in conjunction with the Toys R Western and You Have Died of Dysentery exhibitions, ARToons will continue the playful nature of the exhibitions on display throughout the Museum at the same time. Focusing on western cartoons and comics created by Dave Powell, Duane Bryers, Jolly Bill Steinke, and others, this exhibition presents cartooning as an art form. The key themes will be the elements of a cartoon, individual styles, lettering techniques, and an interactive space where Museum visitors can complete their own cartoon and practice different lettering styles created by artists.  

As an exhibition drawn from the Brodkin Contemporary Western Artists Project collections, ARToons will showcase a different side to well-known artists and educate Museum visitors on the process of creating cartoons. It will explore the complicated relationship between cartoons, illustration, and fine art while emphasizing the importance of all three artforms. The target audience for ARToons will be Museum visitors, but the cartoon topic also presents an opportunity to work with local school systems and art groups.  

Object Highlights


Tom Ryan

1936, pencil on paper. Tom Ryan Papers, Dickinson Research Center, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. 2002.

Hilda, The End
Hilda, The End

Duane Bryers

not dated, watercolor on paper. Duane Bryers Papers, Dickinson Research Center, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. 2013.019.hilda.10.


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