Summer 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 and available for purchase through August 2 as part of the Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale, which began June 12-13 with a weekend of art seminars, receptions, sale and awards banquet.
Invited exhibiting artists bring a diversity of styles to this esteemed exhibition, featuring 311 works in sculpture and painting by nearly 100 living artists. Works range 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.
This year’s show introduces three new guest artists, C. Michael Dudash, Scott Tallman Powers and Charles Timothy Prutzer. Package or à la carte pricing is available for the opening weekend, which includes substantial discounts for Museum members. An online catalog makes it possible to preview art in the exhibition and sale. For those interested in purchasing but unable to attend, a proxy bidding service is available.
Each year a committee selects one work to purchase for the Museum’s permanent collection. Museum guests can view past winners on display and anticipate the announcement of the 2015 winner on June 13.
The Museum publishes a commemorative Prix de West catalog and a collector’s bolo tie, created by renowned Western sculptor Herb Mignery of Loveland, Colo., who has this year created not one but two versions.
The Major Sponsor is Eskridge Lexus. The Supporting Sponsor is Republic National Distributing Company. Associate Sponsors are Art of the West, Cowboys & Indians, Fine Art Connoisseur, Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Remington Park, Southwest Art, Tri-State Industrial Group, Western Art & Architecture and Western Art Collector. Seminar Sponsor is Panera Bread. Additional support is provided by Museum Partners Devon Energy Corporation, Chesapeake Energy Corporation and the E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation.
All the Prix de West winners and others are on display through August 2. To view the online Prix de West catalog visit www.nationalcowboymuseum.org. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (405) 478-2250.
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