Old Faithful by Shirley Ann Jorns from Arts for the Parks
At the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s 11th annual Western Visions Miniatures Show and Sale, 97 of the 104 available artworks sold for a total of $237,745. Clyde Aspevig received this year’s “Red” Smith Award, the participating artists’ choice as the best in the show, for his oil Goats in Norway.
The Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale, held for the first time at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, WY, set new records for both sales and attendance. More than 600 collectors were on hand, and sales totaled almost $440,000. Sculptor Steve Kestrel won the William E. Weiss Purchase Award for his bronze Fawn Egg, which becomes part of the museum’s permanent collection. Clyde Aspevig received the Juror’s Choice Award, M.C. Poulsen received the People’s Choice Award, and Skip Whitcomb received the Artists’ Choice Award.
Winners of the 12th annual Arts for the Parks contest were announced at a banquet and awards ceremony at Jackson Lake Lodge in Grand Teton National Park in September. The Grand Award went to Arizona artist William Scott Jennings for Timeless Beauty, his painting of the Grand Canyon. Regional awards went to Louis Stephen Gadal, June Carey, and Jocelyn Lillpop. Ronnie Barnes received the People’s Choice Award and the Steven Ashenbrenner Collectors’ Award, while Michael Albrechtson received the Grand Teton Natural History Award and the Judges’ Award of Merit. Judges for this year’s contest were M. Stephen Doherty, editor in chief of American Artist magazine; Ginger Renner, noted authority on western American art; and Jane Weinke, curator of collections at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, WI.
At the second Rocky Mountain Invitational in Park City, UT, Linda Curley won the Trustee’s Award for her work Zion’s Drama. Michael Albrechtsen’s Evening on the Kansas River won the People’s Choice Award and the Critic’s Award. Gallery Awards went to Seth Winegar, Kimball Warren, John Hughes, and L’Deane Trueblood.
Sales at the 13th annual C.M. Russell Museum Benefit in September totaled $101,690. M.C. Poulsen’s Steve Spider–An American Indian topped the auction bids, selling for $3,520.
The Kresge Foundation of Troy, MI, awarded a $450,000 challenge grant to the C.M. Russell Museum’s Trails to the Future campaign. To receive the grant, the museum must meet the $5.7 million goal by June 1, 1999; it has already raised more than $4.2 million.
Primavera in Panzano by Penny Stewart
Primavera in Panzano by Colorado artist Penny Stewart received the Milford Zornes Award at the National Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition, held in Fullerton, CA, in November. The exhibition continues through December 28 at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center.
Painter Kay Witherspoon received the Founders’ Award from the American Academy of Equine Art at their 19th annual Juried Fall Showcase, held at the International Museum of the Horse in Lexington, KY.
Featured in December 1998