Milestones January 1998


Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, director Peter Marzio and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, Southwest Art
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, director Peter Marzio and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, won a National Award for Museum Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Director Peter Marzio accepted the award from First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton in September in Washington, DC. The award recognized the museum’s Artists and Schools at Work project, in which students in seven schools worked with community leaders and the museum to create public artworks for their neighborhoods.

Carol Peek’s painting The Grey Gelding won the Founders Award at the annual American Academy of Equine Art Show, held in October at the Museum of the Horse, Lexington, KY.

Oklahoma artist Harold T. Holden received the 1997 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oklahoma Sculpture Society in October.

Sculptor Michael Westergaard and painter Lee Kromschroeder won the People’s Choice Award at Wild Wings’ 24th annual Fall Festival, held in September in Lake City, MN.

In Memoriam

Taos, NM, painter and sculptor Veloy Vigil, 66, died of heart failure on October 25, 1997. Vigil [swa apr 86] had lived in Taos since 1980 and was active in the local art community as an artist, gallery owner, and member of the Taos Art Association and the Taos Society of Watercolorists. Vigil’s family has initiated a memorial fund administered by First State Bank, Taos, to create scholarships for art students. Donations may be made by calling 505.758.6600. In addition, the Taos Art Association is sponsoring a memorial retrospective exhibition that opens January 9 at the TAA Gallery. Proceeds from sales of Vigil’s work will be donated to the memorial fund and the association.

Oklahoma artist Jane McCarty Mauldin, 61, died of a brain tumor on October 27, 1997. A native of Tulsa, OK, she won more than 100 awards during her career and was recently named a Master Artist by the Five Civilized Tribes Museum, Muskogee, OK

Show Results

The Hunters and the Hunted by Howard Terpning, painting, Southwest Art
The Hunters and the Hunted by Howard Terpning

The eighth annual Southwest Art in the Wine Country show sponsored by Lee Youngman Galleries was held in October at the Napa County Fairgrounds in Calistoga, CA. People’s Choice Awards were presented to Frank Magsino for painting and Chester Armstrong for sculpture. The new Artists’ Choice Award was presented to Neil Boyle for his painting House on Halladay Street.

At the 32nd annual Cowboy Artists of America Sale, held at the Phoenix Art Museum, AZ, in October, sales exceeded $1.5 million. Howard Terpning was honored with the Artists’ Choice Award for best overall show. Other award-winners included John Moyers, who received the award for best of show and a Gold Award for his oil Winter Travelers, as well as Oreland Joe (Gold Award, sculpture), Ray Swanson (Gold Award, water solubles), and Gary Carter (Gold Award, drawing and other media).


We neglected to credit the owner of a 16th-century stone figure of the Virgin that was pictured in the October Best of the West column on Texas. The piece belongs to Fred Kline, Santa Fe, NM.

Our Conversation Piece column in December incorrectly identified the gallery owned by Fay Abrams. Abrams owns Mariposa Gallery in Albuquerque, NM, not Mariposa Gallery in Santa Fe, NM.

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