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National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s Prix de West® generates
$3.45 million in sales during Opening Weekend
National Cowboy Museum announces Prix de West award winners and total sales during Opening Weekend.
OKLAHOMA CITY – The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum sold more than $3.45 million in art sales during the esteemed 46th annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale Opening Weekend, June 8 – 9, 2018. The money raised represents an 11% increase compared to last year, and a portion of proceeds are allocated toward funding the National Cowboy Museum’s exhibitions and family programming.
More than 1,300 people attended the seminars, artist demonstrations, and sale and exhibition over the three day weekend. The top-honored Prix de West Purchase Award winner, given to the artist whose work of art is selected by the Prix de West Committee and purchased for the Museum’s permanent collection, was the southern China native Mian Situ, for his 48-by-32-inch oil on canvas painting titled Blasting A Route Through the Sierra Nevada Mountains, 1865, Central Pacific Railroad. In addition to the purchase price, Situ received a $5,000 award sponsored by Roberta M. Eldridge Miller.
After the announcement was made in the Museum’s Sam Noble Special Events Center, Situ said, “This is a higher honor than I know how to express.”
Len Chmiel was chosen for the honored Robert Lougheed Memorial Award. His paintings, An Early Bloomer, Time Exposure, May Day Masquerade, and Jalama Cr. Estuary, California Coast, won best display of three or more works and a $3,000 award. The award is chosen by Prix de West exhibiting artists and is sponsored by Barbara and Roger Simons in memory of Faydra and George Simons, true Western enthusiasts. Two of the four paintings sold during Opening Weekend.
Other 2018 award winners were:
- The Jackie L. Coles Buyers’ Choice Award was awarded to John Coleman’s 64-by-24-by-17 inch bronze sculpture titled The Healer. Priced at $63,000, Coleman’s sculpture sold during the Saturday evening fixed-price sale. The $3,000 award, chosen by Prix de West patrons, is given to the most popular work of art and is sponsored by the Estate of the late Jackie L. Coles. The recipient also received a vacation package from the Rusty Parrot Lodge & Spa.
- George Carlson of Harrison, Idaho, received the Frederic Remington Painting Award for Winter in Monochrome, showing the remains of charred trees after a significant wildfire. The 42-by-32-inch oil on linen painting is still available for purchase for $75,000. Carlson received a $3,000 award for exceptional artistic merit for a painting sponsored by Donna Holt, Jan Provine, and Terri Sadler in loving memory of their parents, Russ and Dortha Sadler, lifetime Museum members and docents.
- The Major General and Mrs. Don D. Pittman Wildlife Art Award was given to Wyoming painter Greg Beecham for Feathers and Dust. The 24-by-36-inch oil on linen painting sold for $19,500. The $3,000 award for exceptional artistic merit for a wildlife painting or sculpture is sponsored by the Estate of the late Major General and Mrs. Don D. Pittman.
- The James Earle Fraser Sculpture Award was presented to 25-year Prix de West artist Walter T. Matia for his intriguing bronze sculpture titled Two for the Road. The 78-inch high sculpture is still available for purchase at $46,000. Matia’s $3,000 award for exceptional artistic merit for a sculpture is sponsored by the Charlie Russell Riders Foundation.
- The Express Ranches Great American Cowboy Award, honoring the finest portrayal of cowboy subject matter, was presented to Bill Anton for his painting, Who’s Got The Cards? The 36-by-54-inch oil on linen painting sold for $50,000. The $3,000 award is sponsored by Robert A. Funk.
- The Donald Teague Memorial Award, honoring an exceptional artwork on paper, was presented to Texas artist Bruce R. Greene for his painting Cowboy Cadillacs. The 18-by-26-inch conté on paper piece sold for $7,500. A $3,000 award was sponsored by Scottsdale Art Auction.
- The second-ever Wilson Hurley Memorial Award for landscape painting was presented to Montana artist Brent Cotton for his painting Under the Tall Cottonwoods. The 36-by-48-inch oil painting sold for $22,000 and an award of $3,000 was sponsored by Bob and Margaret Mills.
All art remains on display to the public while unsold works are available for purchase through August 5, 2018. See available works on the online catalog: pdw.nationalcowboymuseum.org.
Prix de West Sponsors
The 46th annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale is made possible by the Presenting Event Sponsor, Eskridge Lexus of Oklahoma City, with generous Major Sponsorship support from Charlie Russell Riders Foundation Inc. and the Legett Foundation. Supporting Sponsors include Remington Park, Bert & Montie Carol Madera, and Fred Lee.
About the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
Nationally accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is located only six miles northeast of downtown Oklahoma City in the Adventure District at the junction of Interstates 44 and 35, the state’s exciting Adventure Road corridor. The Museum offers annual memberships beginning at just $40. For more information, visit nationalcowboymuseum.org. For high-resolution images related to the National Cowboy Museum and Prix de West award winners, visit nationalcowboymuseum.org/media-pics.