July is an exciting time for visitors to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City to view the best Western art in the world. It is on display as part of the 45th Anniversary Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition and Sale.
Invited exhibiting artists bring a diversity of styles to this esteemed exhibition, showcasing more than 300 works of art by the finest contemporary Western artists in the nation and attracting art collectors and art lovers from around the world. The participating artists bring a unique set of artistic and cultural influences and background to their paintings, drawings and sculptures.
The top-honored Prix de West Purchase Award winner, given to the artist whose work of art is selected by the Prix de West Committee and purchased for the Museum’s permanent collection, was T. Allen Lawson of Sheridan, Wyoming, for his 35-by-32-inch oil on panel painting titled The Nursery Tree. All three of Lawson’s paintings were also chosen for the Robert Lougheed Memorial Award. His paintings, The Nursery Tree, Family Portrait – Four Generations, and January’s Deposit, won best display of three or more works
The Jackie L. Coles Buyers’ Choice Award was given to Curt Walters’ 70-by-60-inch oil on canvas painting titled Compilation of the Gods. The Buyers’ Choice is voted on by opening weekend buyers for the work they best admire.
Three other distinguished awards include The Express Ranches Great American Cowboy Award, honoring the finest portrayal of cowboy subject matter, was presented to T.D. Kelsey’s sculpture, Over the Dashboard. The Major General and Mrs. Don D. Pittman Wildlife Art Award was given to Wyoming painter Greg Beecham for Trailing Caribou's Ghost. The Donald Teague Memorial Award, honoring an exceptional artwork on paper, was presented to Colorado artist Skip Whitcomb for his painting Morning Light Show.
All the Prix de West winners and others are on display through August 6. To view the online Prix de West catalog visit pdw.nationalcowboymuseum.org, at the Museum Store, or by calling 405-478-2250. The Museum is open Monday thru Saturday 10 to 5 and Sunday noon to 5. Available works of art and commemorative catalogs are available for purchase through The Museum Store.
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