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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 46th 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 Mian Situ, from San Dimas, California, for his 48-by-32-inch oil on canvas painting titled Blasting a Route through the Sierra Nevada Mountains, 1865, Central Pacific Railroad.

The Jackie L. Coles Buyers’ Choice Award was given to John Coleman of Prescott, Arizona for his Bronze sculpture, The Healer, measuring 64-by-24-by-17 inches. 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 Bill Anton of Prescott, Arizona for his painting Who’s Got the Cards?. The Major General and Mrs. Don D. Pittman Wildlife Art Award was given to Wyoming painter Greg Beecham for Feathers and Dust. The Donald Teague Memorial Award, honoring an exceptional artwork on paper, was presented to Bruce R. Greene from Clifton, Texas for his Conte on paper, Cowboy Cadillacs.

All the Prix de West winners and others are on display through August 5. 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.

Nationally accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is located only six miles northeast of downtown Oklahoma City in the Adventure District at the junction of Interstates 44 and 35, the state’s exciting Adventure Road corridor. The Museum is open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information, call: (405) 478-2250, or visit www.nationalcowboymuseum.org.





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