Winners of the West
June 8-August 5, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, nationalcowboymuseum.org, 478.2250
Excellence tends to beget excellence: for over 50 years, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum has avowedly been America’s premier institution of Western history, culture and art – so when it assembles 100 of the nation’s finest contemporary Western artists for a show, the event should bring collectors and aficionados at a gallop. Over 300 paintings and sculptures featuring wide-open skyscapes, animal studies and illustrations of prairie life form the 39th annual Prix de West invitational art exhibition and sale. It’s an outstanding opportunity for creative appreciation as well as education, as the opening weekend (June 8-10) is packed with informative presentations, panel discussions and artist demonstrations, plus a book signing, multiple art sales and auctions and an awards banquet honoring those creators judged to be the best of the best of the west.