Upcoming Exhibitions

Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan

July 21, 2017 - April 1, 2018

Cartoon. Tom Ryan, circa 1945, drawing. 2002.032.6. Tom Ryan Collection. Dickinson Research Center, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. 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…

Vintage Black Heroes: The Chisholm Kid

July 21, 2017 - September 17, 2017

  The first black cowboy to be featured in a comic strip, The Chisholm Kid appeared from 1950 – 1954 in the Pittsburgh Courier’s comic insert. To mark the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail – and to pay homage to the 5,000 – 9,000 black cowboys who drove cattle along the trail from Texas…

We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma

August 19, 2017 - October 22, 2017

Family portrait, circa 1915. Henry M. Wantland, photographer. Stillwater, Oklahoma. 2000.005.3.0654a. Robert E. Cunningham Collection, Dickinson Research Center, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. In 1891, Henry M. Wantland and his young family arrived in Oklahoma Territory and settled in Stillwater, a small town born of the Land Run and bustling with opportunity and ambition.…

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 the passing of one of Oklahoma’s most celebrated artists—Jerome Tiger. Having only painted for 5 years, Jerome Tiger produced hundreds of works of art and won numerous awards…

Small Works, Great Wonders

November 10, 2017 - November 26, 2017

Brent Greenwood, Morning Prayers. 5" x 5," Acrylic on canvas. Designed with both new and experienced art collectors in mind, this annual winter art sale features drawings, paintings, sculpture, and mixed media by leading contemporary artists, including Prix de West artists, working in a small format. During the November 10 art sale, purchasers can leave with their…

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 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…

In the Principles Office: Tom Ryan the Art Student

April 7, 2018 - November 11, 2018

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…

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

June 1, 2018 - August 1, 2018

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…

Cowboy Crossings Opening Weekend

October 1, 2018 - October 31, 2018

In one of the most significant events to impact the fine art world, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum hosts the opening weekend event and sale for two outstanding exhibitions. The Traditional Cowboy Arts Association showcases the best of saddle making, bit and spur making, silversmithing, and rawhide braiding; while the Cowboy Artists of…

Small Works, Great Wonders Winter Art Sale

November 1, 2018 - November 30, 2018

Designed with both new and experienced art collectors in mind, this annual winter art sale features drawings, paintings, sculpture, and mixed media by leading contemporary artists, including Prix de West artists, working in a small format. During the November X art sale, purchasers can leave with their art at the end of the evening.

Cowboy Crossings Opening Weekend

October 1, 2019 - October 31, 2019

In one of the most significant events to impact the fine art world, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum hosts the opening weekend event and sale for two outstanding exhibitions. The Traditional Cowboy Arts Association showcases the best of saddle making, bit and spur making, silversmithing, and rawhide braiding; while the Cowboy Artists of…

Small Works, Great Wonders Winter Art Sale

November 1, 2019 - November 30, 2019

Designed with both new and experienced art collectors in mind, this annual winter art sale features drawings, paintings, sculpture, and mixed media by leading contemporary artists, including Prix de West artists, working in a small format. During the November art sale, purchasers can leave with their art at the end of the evening.