Upcoming Exhibitions

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 marked the 50th anniversary of the passing of one of Oklahoma’s most celebrated artists, Jerome Tiger. Having only painted for five years, Tiger produced hundreds of works of art and won numerous awards throughout…

Cowboy Crossings

October 5, 2017 - January 7, 2018

Featuring the Cowboy Artists of America (CAA) 52nd Annual Sale & Exhibition and the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association (TCAA) 19th Annual Exhibition & Sale. In one of the most significant events in the world of fine art, the Museum hosts the opening weekend events and sale for two outstanding exhibitions. TCAA showcases the best of saddlemaking, bit…

Small Works, Great Wonders

November 10, 2017 - November 26, 2017

Brent Greenwood, Morning Prayers. 5" x 5," Acrylic on canvas. Small Works, Great Wonders® features a fusion of traditional and contemporary paintings and sculptures at affordable prices. On opening night, enjoy cocktails with more than 100 of the nation’s finest artists, including many from the prestigious Prix de West. Door prizes, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and live music…

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…

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

February 9, 2018 - May 13, 2018

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 the visitor’s attention to the importance of what you do not see rather than…

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.

Spiro and the Native American Art of the Mississippian World

February 15, 2019 - May 12, 2019

The Spiro people, and their Mississippian peers, are nearly forgotten in the pages of North American history, yet they created one of the most exceptional and highly developed societies in all of the Americas. This exhibition explores the archaeological and historical data connecting the Spiro site and its people to other communities throughout North and…

The 47th annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale

June 7, 2019 - August 11, 2019

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum hosts a prestigious invitational art exhibition 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, 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.