Madonnas of the Prairie: Depictions of Women in the American West

February 13 – May 10, 2015

Hosted by the Museum and organized by the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon, Texas, this exhibit features more than 100 works focusing on women in the late 19th century through the present as seen through the talents of multiple artists. The works honor women who stood bravely through a myriad of difficulties, tragedies and losses to help build this nation.

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 Madonnas of the Prairie Symposium

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

In conjunction with the temporary exhibition “Madonnas of the Prairie: Depictions of Women in the American West,” the Museum presents a symposium providing more depth on the topic. Nationally recognized speakers include Mary Jo Watson, professor of Native American Art at the University of Oklahoma; Glenda Riley, Alexander M. Bracken professor emeritus of history at Ball State University; and artist Donna Howell-Sickles.

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Poetry and Photography Contest

In conjunction with Madonnas of the Prairie, the Museum will host a poetry and photography contest.

 

Madonnas of the Prairie Poetry Contest

The poetry contest is open to students fifth through 12th grade. Entries will be accepted through April 6, 2015. Poetry Contest Guidelines 

 

Modern Madonna Photography Contest

Photography contest is open to three age divisions, beginning at 11 years old. Entries will be on display in Madonnas of the Prairie: Depictions of Women in the American West exhibit March 30 – April 24. Photography Contest Guidelines.

Mort Rode Forth Boldly toward the Sod House by Frank Schoonover (1877-1972) Oil on canvas, 26” x 36” circa 1926. Delaware Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Harald de Rapp, 1971
Mort Rode Forth Boldly toward the Sod House by Frank Schoonover (1877-1972) Oil on canvas, 26” x 36” circa 1926. Delaware Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Harald de Rapp, 1971
Untitled, by Remington Schuyler (1884-1955) Oil on canvas, 39 3/8” x 26 5/8” circa 1915. Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Bugbee-Reaugh Acquisition Fund purchase
Untitled, by Remington Schuyler (1884-1955) Oil on canvas, 39 3/8” x 26 5/8” circa 1915. Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Bugbee-Reaugh Acquisition Fund purchase
Trick Riders and Bronco Buster, Tucumcari, New Mexico circa 1918 Photographer unknown. Recent digital print from vintage photograph Panhandle of the Plains Historical Museum, Gift of Viola Ely Hardy and Maybelle Ely Lacey.
East Texas Gold Star Mother by Reid Crowell (1911-1991) Oil on canvas, 30” x 24” 1945. Collection of Beverly and George Palmer
East Texas Gold Star Mother by Reid Crowell (1911-1991) Oil on canvas, 30” x 24” 1945. Collection of Beverly and George Palmer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cowgirl and Her Star Puppy by William Medcalf (1920-2005) Oil on canvas, 36” x 29” circa 1952. The Seligman Family Foundation
Cowgirl and Her Star Puppy by William Medcalf (1920-2005) Oil on canvas, 36” x 29” circa 1952. The Seligman Family Foundation
Polly Kent Rides West by Charles W. Hargens Jr. (894-1997) Oil on canvas, 28” x 24” circa 1940. Dakota Discovery Museum, Mitchell, South Dakota.
Polly Kent Rides West by Charles W. Hargens Jr. (894-1997) Oil on canvas, 28” x 24” circa 1940. Dakota Discovery Museum, Mitchell, South Dakota.
A Long Day by Bror Julius Olsson Nordfeldt (1878-1955) Oil on board, 20” x 24” not dated. Courtesy Zaplin-Lampert Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
A Long Day by Bror Julius Olsson Nordfeldt (1878-1955) Oil on board, 20” x 24” not dated. Courtesy Zaplin-Lampert Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
The Cowgirl Takes the Lead by Philip R. Goodwin (1881-1935) Oil on canvas, 24” x 36” 1910
The Cowgirl Takes the Lead by Philip R. Goodwin (1881-1935) Oil on canvas, 24” x 36” 1910

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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