Upcoming Exhibitions

Frontier Commerce by Tim Solliday. Oil on canvas, 30″ x 46.”

The 45th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale

June 9 — August 6, 2017

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum hosts a prestigious invitational art exhibit of more than 300 Western paintings and sculptures 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 pieces that reflect the early days of the West, to more contemporary and impressionistic works of art. Landscapes, wildlife, and illustrative scenes are always highlighted in the exhibition. This exhibition is organized by the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Reservations for opening weekend events are required; call (405) 478-2250 ext. 219 or visit nationalcowboymuseum.org/prixdewest

 

 

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

Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan

July 21, 2017 — April 1, 2018

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 Dickinson Research Center reveal another influence—cartoons and comic strips.

Dating from 1936 to 1945, the small drawings provide a snapshot of Ryan’s high school and Coast Guard years. Original characters Dan the Cop and Joe Campion Jr. spring from his teenage imagination. A member of the track team agonizes on the school paper’s sports page. Ship decks and shipmates are satirized in the South Pacific. Regardless of subject, his creativity, talent, and humor are on full display. They entertained his friends more than 70 years ago. Now a new audience will be in on the joke.

*Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan is the first of two exhibitions that explore different aspects of Ryan’s history. Look for the second, In the Principles Office: Tom Ryan the Art Student, in April 2018. Join him in the classroom as he learns techniques from master illustrator, Frank Reilly.

 

 

The Coming Weather. Jerome Tiger (Muscogee/Seminole), 1967. The Arthur and Shifra Silberman Collection, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. 1996.27.1013.

Life and Legacy: The Art of Jerome Tiger

August 25, 2017 — May 13, 2018

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 throughout the country. Today, his work is shown in museums across the nation and he is recognized as one of the greatest Native American artists.  To honor this anniversary, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum will produce an exhibition of his selected works from the Museum’s permanent collection, celebrating the life and legacy of this remarkable painter.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma

August 19 — October 22, 2017

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. He eventually purchased a photography studio and spent the next two decades recording the world around him—not just the people, but the streets they walked, the stores they frequented, the churches they attended, and the progress they celebrated. The diverse and vibrant communities of central Oklahoma emerge from his photographs.

In August 2017, the Museum will present a selection of his work from the Dickinson Research Center’s Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection. The exhibit will utilize new research to reveal stories and details behind the images. Visitors will meet Fern Lowry and the Sanford West family; encounter Rebekahs and Odd Fellows; enjoy an early example of Photoshop; experience the fun of a carnival and much more.

If you have Oklahoma roots, you might even recognize a name or a face—and discover their story is also yours.

 

 

 

 

 

Cowboy Crossings Opening Weekend

October 5 — 7, 2017 (Galleries open to the public October 7)

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 America features fine art from two dozen members who celebrate the West through painting, drawing, and sculpture. The CAA exhibition is on view through November 26 and the TCAA exhibition is on view through December 31.

 

Small Works, Great Wonders Winter Art Sale                                               

November 4 — November 26, 2017

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 art at the end of the evening.

 

— 2018 —

Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum

February 9 – 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 look at why, what, and how museums collect. This exhibition is organized by the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

 

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 these questions and more.

In April 2018, step into the classroom with Ryan as he takes “General Illustration” with famed teacher Frank Reilly. Learn the principles of art as he did; the meaning of snow on the shoulders; the difference between hues and values; the importance of anatomy; and the draftsmanship precision of perspective. This is not Art History 101. There are no surveys or slides. It is a scientific and systematic approach that can transform how people see and experience art.

*In the Principles Office: Tom Ryan the Art Student is the second of two exhibitions that explore different aspects of Ryan’s history. The first, Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan, focused on the humorous and entertaining drawings from his high school and Coast Guard years.

 

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

June – August 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 pieces that reflect the early days of the West, to more contemporary and impressionistic works of art. Landscapes, wildlife, and illustrative scenes are always highlighted in the exhibition. This exhibition is organized by the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

 

Cowboy Crossings Opening Weekend

October 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 America features fine art from two dozen members who celebrate the West through painting, drawing, and sculpture. The TCAA exhibition is on view through January and the CAA exhibition is on view through November 2018.

 

Small Works, Great Wonders Winter Art Sale                                         

November 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.

 

— 2019 —

Spiro and the Native American Art of the Mississippian World

January – May 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 Central America, and offers an interpretation into the nature of their community, religious activities, farming and hunting practices, and daily life.  The exhibit also shows how ecological factors, specifically the occurrence of the Little Ice Age, led to the site’s destruction. Including hundreds of objects with accompanying educational materials, this exhibition includes gallery guides and modern “hands-on” objects. This exhibition is organized by the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

 

 

 

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

June – August 2019

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 pieces that reflect the early days of the West, to more contemporary and impressionistic works of art. Landscapes, wildlife, and illustrative scenes are always highlighted in the exhibition. This exhibition is organized by the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

 

Cowboy Crossings Opening Weekend

October 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 America features fine art from two dozen members who celebrate the West through painting, drawing, and sculpture. The TCAA exhibition is on view through January and the CAA exhibition is on view through November 2019.

 

Small Works, Great Wonders Winter Art Sale                                         

November 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.