Feature Articles

If you’ve been searching for art articles on the best talent in the West, look no further. Here you’ll find articles about art and artists as well as collections of themed works. You’ll find our art magazine articles reprinted here in full and with bonus artwork images we couldn’t fit in our printed pages. Check back often to find the most current art articles highlighting upcoming art events you don’t want to miss and explore new artists and techniques as each month we gather a collection of works from different artists all on a single theme.

40 Prominent People | Nedra Matteucci

Nedra Matteucci Owner of Nedra Matteucci Galleries • Santa Fe, NM Distinction: Matteucci purchased her gallery from Forrest Fenn—a pioneer in western art—in 1988. The gallery has been open and specializing in historical American and Southwestern art at the same location since 1972. What are some of the biggest changes you’ve seen in the...

40 Prominent People | Rose Fredrick

Rose Fredrick Curator • Denver, CO Distinction: As curator of the annual Coors Western Art Show, Fredrick brings together modern and traditional western art in a unique showcase for art in the West. What has been the biggest change in the art world during your career? The internet. Now that artists maintain their own...

The Arborists' Reward, oil, 28 x 28.

40 Prominent People | Curt Walters

Curt Walters Painter • Sedona, AZ Distinction: After years of capturing the Grand Canyon on canvas, Walters is unquestionably the best-known contemporary artist to take up the daunting subject. What are some of the biggest changes you’ve seen in the art world during your career? Historically the gallery system has been in the service...

Katie Painting, oil, 14 x 11.

40 Prominent People | Jeremy Lipking

Jeremy Lipking Painter • Agoura Hills, CA Distinction: Lipking is a young leader in the resurgence of traditional art in California. What are some of the biggest changes you’ve seen in the art world during your career? Since I started about 10 years ago, there are many more figure painters, and the figure in...

Last Stand

40 Prominent People | Dave McGary

Dave McGary Sculptor • Scottsdale, AZ Distinction: For many years, McGary has been one of the best-known sculptors in the West. What are some of the biggest changes you’ve seen in the art world during your career? The access that computers provide has had such an impact. The computer has expanded our reach worldwide. Also,...

Artists in Cowgirl Up!

40 Prominent People | Cowgirl Up!

Cowgirl Up! Mary Ann Igna, Curator Distinction: Igna oversees the Desert Caballeros Western Museum’s annual Cowgirl Up! show, which provides a counterpoint to the Cowboy Artists of America, giving women a place of their own in the western art scene. What has been the biggest change in the art world during your career? I...

40 Prominent People | Bill & Joffa Kerr

Bill & Joffa Kerr Museum Founders • Jackson, WY Distinction: The Kerrs helped found the National Museum of Wildlife Art, which has bestowed increased credibility on wildlife art as a genre. What has been the biggest change you’ve seen in the art world over the years? The dramatic increase in collector interest and museum...

40 Prominent People | Gary BeBout

Gary BeBout Co-Founder of Southwest Art Magazine • Stockport, OH Distinction: Along with his partner, Bill Freckleton, BeBout founded Southwest Art magazine in Houston, TX, helping to legitimize and chronicle the western art movement. What prompted you to start Southwest Art magazine in 1971? There was no vehicle at the time for communications between...

40 Prominent People | Gerald Peters

Gerald Peters Owner of Gerald Peters Gallery • Santa Fe, NM Distinction: Peters’ gallery is an institution in western art, dealing in works by artists from Joseph Sharp to Georgia O’Keeffe to Deborah Butterfield. When did your gallery open? I began selling art in 1972, and our first gallery opened in 1976. What are...

40 Prominent People | Mark Sublette

Mark Sublette Owner of Medicine Man Gallery • Tucson, AZ & Santa Fe, NM Distinction: Sublette is a prominent dealer and expert in numerous categories, including the work of Maynard Dixon, Navajo rugs, and today’s western artists. He is also a leader in the use of online technology in the art world. When did...