July is an exciting time for visitors at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum to catch a glimpse of the best Western art created by artists from across the country during the Prix de West Art Invitational Exhibition and Sale.
Invited exhibiting artists bring a diversity of styles to this esteemed exhibition, featuring 351 works in sculpture or painting by 114 living artists with works ranging from historical pieces reflecting the early days of the West, to more contemporary and impressionistic works of art.
This 39th Anniversary of Prix de West, was originally named after the prestigious 17th century Prix de Rome, a competitive scholarship program in France, given to the best artist in sculpture or painting making it possible for them to further their artistic study.
Prix de West brings the optimum gathering of master works representing the artists’ views of the West. A must-see is the top honored Prix de West Purchase Award winner. Each year a committee selects one work to purchase for the Museum’s permanent collection. Terri Kelly Moyers of Santa Fe, N.M., was honored with the prestigious Prix de West Purchase Award medallion for her piece titled La Luz de Fe. Moyers is the second female to be presented with this prestigious award. The first woman to be honored was Bettina Steinke in 1978 for Father and Daughter at the Crow Fair.
George Carlson of Harrison, Idaho, was 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 Stillness in Moonlight, Winter Season and Lone Pine.
People of the Red Tail Hawk a bronze sculpture by Doug Hyde of Prescott, Ariz., was the winner of the Nona Jean Hulsey Rumsey Buyers’ Choice Award. It is voted on by Prix de West buyers for the work they admire best and the piece they feel exemplifies the mission of the Museum.
Four other distinguished awards were presented including the Express Ranches Great American Cowboy Award given for the best cowboy subject matter to John Moyers for his oil painting title A Fish Out of Water. Richard Loffler of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, was the recipient of the James Earle Fraser Sculpture Award for Top Knots and Tails. The Frederic Remington Painting Award is selected for the one work in the show with exceptional artistic merit. This year the award goes to Walt Gonske of Taos, N.M., for Waiting on Spring. The Major General and Mrs. Don D. Pittman Wildlife Award was given for exceptional artistic merit for a wildlife painting or sculpture to Ross Matteson for his Black Belgian marble Ripple Effect.
All the Prix de West winners and others are on display at the Museum through Aug. 5. For information about Prix de West visit www.nationalcowboymuseum.org or call (405) 478-2250. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Commemorative catalogs and collector’s bolos are available for purchase at The Museum Store.