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 41st Anniversary Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition and Sale. Invited exhibiting artists bring a diversity of styles to this esteemed exhibition, featuring 314 works in sculpture and painting by 100 living artists with works ranging from historical pieces reflecting the early days of the West, to more contemporary and impressionistic works of art. Viewers see all things depicting the West such as landscapes, wildlife and illustrative scenes.
Prix de West originally was named after the prestigious 17th century Prix de Rome, a competitive scholarship program in France given to the best artist in sculpture or painting. Prix de West brings the optimum gathering of master works representing the artists’ views of the West.
A must-see is the Prix de West Purchase Award winner. Each year a committee selects one work to purchase for the Museum’s permanent collection. Jeremy Lipking of Calabasas, California, was honored with the prestigious Purchase Award medallion for his oil on linen painting titled Silence and Sagebrush.
George Carlson of Harrison, Idaho, is the winner of the Robert Lougheed Memorial Award, chosen by the Prix de West artists for their favorite display of three or more works in the show for his oil on linen paintings The Tempest, Reflections and Ravens of the Palouse. This last painting also earned the award for the Frederic Remington Painting Award given for the one work in the show with exceptional artistic merit. This marks the fifth consecutive year Carlson has earned the Lougheed Memorial Award.
Honeymoon at Crow Fair, a large bronze by John Coleman of Prescott, Arizona, was selected for the Jackie L. Coles Buyers’ Choice Award and the James Earle Fraser Sculpture Award. 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 given for the best cowboy subject matter to Loren Entz of Billings, Montana, for his oil on canvas painting titled When the Work’s All Done This Fall. The Major General and Mrs. Don D. Pittman Wildlife Award for exceptional artistic merit for a wildlife painting or sculpture goes to Tim Shinabarger of Billings, Montana, for his bronze The Mountaineers. The Donald Teague Memorial Award for exceptional artistic merit for a work on paper is Carrie L. Ballantyne for her conté titled Trust.
All the Prix de West winners and others are on display through August 3. To view the online Prix de West catalog visit www.nationalcowboymuseum.org or call (405) 478-2250. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Available works of art, commemorative catalogs and collector’s bolos are available for purchase through The Museum Store.
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