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

 

The A. Keith Brodkin Contemporary Western Artists Project

July 21, 2017 – July 2018

The Brodkin Project facilitates the collection, preservation, and accessibility of primary resources that reflect a selected artist’s life and career. The resources include personal papers, drawings, paintings, studio ephemera, photographs, and libraries. Together, the resources and documentation preserve the artist’s career for future exhibitions, publications, and educational opportunities. In addition, the Museum’s Donald C. & Elizabeth M. Dickinson Research Center (DRC) also acquires oral histories and interviews. Supported by the Brodkin Project, the Museum organizes a new exhibition on contemporary Western art each year that draws from the DRC collections. An avid Western art collector, Alan Keith Brodkin (1935-1998) was chairman and chief executive of Massachusetts Financial Services Management when he died in February 1998. An endowment was created in his honor by his wife Judith A. Brodkin, Jeffrey L. Shames, John Davenport, and the A. Keith Brodkin Estate. This exhibition is organized by the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.