The Price of West Art exhibit celebrates 50 years at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City will celebrate 50 years of hosting the Art exhibition and sale by invitation of the Prix de Westthe country’s first exhibition and sale of Western art.

The 50th edition West’s Price begins in June, with the art exhibition open to the public from June 2 to August 7 and the weekend art sale from June 17 to 18

The event will showcase works by top contemporary Western artists.

“Since its beginnings as National Academy of Western Art in 1973, West’s Price artists represented the American West through painting and sculpture,” said Natalie Shirley, President and CEO of the Museum. “The Cowboy is proud to continue the tradition of preserving and promoting Western heritage and culture through this extraordinary event.”

The works of art on display and for sale range from depictions of historical subjects that reflect the beginnings of the West to contemporary and impressionistic expressions. Landscapes, wildlife art and illustrative scenes are always a highlight of the exhibition.

The exhibit is the Cowboy Museum’s largest annual fundraiser. It grossed over $2.8 million in 2021 to support exhibitions and programming.

Credit: National Museum of Cowboys and Western Heritage

Ninety-eight artists from the United States and around the world are expected at the 50th West’s Pricebringing together more than 300 original works.

Guest artists Grant Redden and D. LaRue Mahlke will be present for their premiere West’s price. Each will bring two original works.

” Since West’s Price is made up of today’s “best” Western artists, the artwork submitted each year is always of the highest possible quality because the artists know that their work will be compared, by entrants, to the work of their peers – that they a lot of respect,” said West’s Price Committee Chairman Dan Corazzi. “In addition, to ensure that the artworks in each year’s exhibition meet the quality standards of the West Price, all artwork is reviewed/judged (by the committee) before being placed in the galleries for the public to view.

The exhibited art will also compete for West’s Price rewards.

The Cowboy Museum will host events surrounding Art Sale Weekend including artist seminars, workshops, a cocktail reception, a live auction and an awards dinner to be held again on Saturday evening.

Those who cannot attend West’s Price in person can use virtual viewing and proxy bidding options.

To visit nationalcowboymuseum.org/prixdewest for more information.

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