Visitors to Oklahoma City can get a preview of the 37th annual Prix de West® Invitational Art Exhibition and Sale featuring 110 artists at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum® beginning June 11 and continuing through September 6. The exhibit includes more than 350 Western paintings and sculpture by the finest contemporary Western artists in the nation. Art seminars, receptions and an awards banquet round out the exhibition’s opening events June 11-13. Reservations are required for most opening weekend activities and may be made by calling 405-478-2250.
The exhibiting artists bring a diversity of styles to this prestigious art exhibition. Works range from historical pieces that reflect the early days of the West, to more contemporary and impressionist works of art. Landscapes, wildlife and illustrative scenes are always highlighted in the exhibition.
The seminars and demonstrations are crowd pleasers and feature an impressive cross-section of presenters. Friday’s speakers include Michael Duty, Managing Director — Fine & Decorative Arts, Heritage Auction, Dallas, Texas; Bob Pickering, Senior Curator at Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma; Prix de West Artist Curt Walters, Sedona, Arizona; and Ron McCoy, Professor of History, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma.
On Saturday, an artist panel discussion with Prix de West artists Sherrie McGraw, Randal M. Dutra, Ross Matteson and Bill Anton will be moderated by Edna Mae Holden. Following the panel will be a presentation by the Museum’s Curator of Art, Anne Morand. Additionally, the 2010 Prix de West Purchase Award Winner will be announced.
After the hectic pace of the Prix de West opening, on Sunday, June 13, visitors can enjoy a Sunday morning pick-me-up at the Museum’s Prix de West Perk. Stroll through the galleries and view the Prix de West art in a relaxed atmosphere and see those paintings and sculptures still available for purchase. There will be complimentary coffee, bagels and admission from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
The Museum publishes a commemorative Prix de West catalog with orders being accepted now. In addition, an online catalog is available.
The exhibition runs through September 6. It is just one of the many signature events the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum hosts each year. For information about Prix de West opening weekend or to make reservations or order a catalog of art, call (405) 478-2250 or visit www.nationalcowboymuseum.org.