Milestones July 1998

Museum News

The Tacoma Art Museum, WA, recently hired architect Antoine Predock of Albuquerque, NM, and Los Angeles to build its 50,000-square-foot building near Union Station and the Federal Courthouse. Predock has designed numerous museums and academic buildings and won many American Institute of Architects awards. The museum completion date is set for 2001.

The Smithsonian Women’s Committee has provided $304,000 in grants to the Smithsonian Institution, which will fund 27 new projects this year. Among them are an exhibit of the Ice Age mummy at the National Museum of Natural History and educational programming to accompany the traveling exhibition Hubble Space Telescope: Amazing Space. On a related note, First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton was honorary chair of the annual Smithsonian Craft Show in April, which is sponsored by the Smithsonian Women’s Committee.

Daystar by Val Berger, sculpture, southwest art.
Daystar by Val Berger


Peter Hassrick, founding director of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, NM, has been selected as the first holder of the Charles M. Russell Memorial Chair in Art of the American West at the University of Oklahoma, Norman. Before he oversaw the design and inaugural exhibitions for the $7 million museum, Hassrick was director of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, WY. The chair focuses on the study of Russell, his art, and western American art in general.

Several records were broken at the Cowboy Artists of America Mus-eum’s Roundup ’98, held May 1-2 in Kerrville, TX. Almost 80 of the 108 available works sold, setting a new sales record of $346,130. In addition, more collectors than ever attended the weekend event, which also included a welcoming ceremony for new CAA member Ron Riddick.


The winners of the Plein Air Painting Event at the Carmel Art Fes-tival in Carmel, CA, in May were Dennis Doheny, first place; Barry J. Raybound, second place; and John Cosby, third place.

Ann Hall-Richards (basketry), Hulda and Kenneth Bridgeman (wearables), and Maria Phillips (jewelry) won excellence awards at the eighth annual Smithsonian Craft Show. Atelier Janiye (jewelry) and Tim and Kathleen Harding (fiber decorative) were awarded honorable mentions; JoAnne Russo (basketry) and Mon-ica Tinker (mixed media) won Craftmen’s Choice awards.

At the 17th annual Governor’s Arts Award Dinner, Arizona Governor Jane Dee Hull recognized individuals and organizations who have helped bolster the Arizona arts community. Tom Philabaum, the City of Flagstaff, the Arizona Alliance for Arts Education, FINOVA, and Marvin Cohen were all honored.

The American Craft Council bestowed awards of excellence on six artists at its Baltimore show. The recipients were selected for the overall quality of their work. They are Susan Barth, jewelry; Dan Kvitka, turned-wood pieces; Allen Linder, mixed-media works; Francia Patti, fashion; Gretchen Romey-Tanzer, large-scale fiber wall pieces; and Wendy Stevens, metal fashion accessories. Sales totaled more than $4 million, a record for the show. Sales at the ACC Atlanta show were also up—by 20 percent—totaling almost $2 million.

I ve Lost Mine by Diane Denghausen from the National Western Art Exhibit & Sales, painting, southwest art.
I’ve Lost Mine by Diane Denghausen from the National Western Art Exhibit & Sale

Show Results

National Western Art Exhibition & Sale

San Dimas, CA, April 1998

Overall sales: $93,000

Best of Show

Kay Homan, A Break From Eatin’ Dust, watercolor, 15 x 40


Steven Lang, Hanta Yo, oil, 30 x 24, gold

Bruce Graham, Grass Is Always Greener, oil, 18 x 30, silver

Rock Newcomb, Desert Beauty, oil/acrylic, 131⁄2 x 221⁄2, bronze


D. Michael Thomas, When Your Best Hand’s Gone Lame, bronze, 16 x 21, gold medal

Richard Myer, Ranch Hand, bronze, 28 x 14, silver medal

Vic Riesau, Samantha, bronze, h38, bronze medal


Donal Jolley, 119 On Time, 17 x 23, gold

Diane Denghausen, I’ve Lost Mine, 121⁄2 x 18, silver

Karen Habblitz, Afternoon Shadows, 133⁄4 x 19, bronze

Other Media/Pastel

A.B. Word, No Place Else, pastel, 361⁄2 x 261⁄2, gold

Suzanne Ebner, Home, photograph, 16 x 20, silver

Bob Quick, Mission Doves, pastel/watercolor, 18 x 24, bronze


Sheri Greves-Neilson, Welcome Home, graphite pencil, 23 x 17, gold

Sheri Greves-Neilson, Wagon Man, colored pencil, 15 x 11, silver

Kay Homan, Teamwork, pencil, 9 x 6, bronze

California, Western, and American Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture Sale

Christie’s Auction House Los Angeles, CA, April 1998

Overall sales: $2,889,240

Top Lots:

Charles Caryl Coleman, Decorav At the Dogwood Festival Invitational Art Show in Lewiston, ID, Genevra Sloan won Best of Show in the two-dimensional category for her work Man Getting Dressed. Daystar by Val Berger won three-dimensional Best of Show. Also placing in the two-dimensional category were Mark Abrahamson, first place for Cul de Sac, and Cheri Christensen, second place for A Summer’s Day. Lars Rosenblad received the first place three-dimensional award for Poof; second place went to Jim Gale for Surf Scooter Daddy. Honorable mentions were awarded to Edie Dunlap, Robert Duerloo, Stephen Maudlin, and Joan Reeves.

Joseph Skywolf received Best of Show for Dog Soldier at the Wichita Indian Art Market, KS. Pat McAllis-ter’s painting Apache Crown Dancers won first place in the two-dimensional category; others in the category were Tillier Micah Wesley, second place; Luther Narcomey, third place; and Frederico Eaton, honorable mention. The first place three-dimensional award went to Larry L. DeCoteau for his stone sculpture Running Buffalo. Other recipients were Frank Sheridan, second place; Patrick Scott, third place; and Adrianne Roy Keene, honorable mention. Frank Chee placed first in the jewelry category, Raylan and Patty Edaakie won second, and Marilyn Bushyhead won third.

Thirty-one illustrations topped the Altermann & Morris Last Call Sale, a periodic auction of less expensive works, in Santa Fe, NM. Among the top lots were Harry Anderson’s Those Wonderful Flying Machines ($2,600), Peter Helk’s America Takes to the Tin Lizzie ($4,600), Bob McCall’s The Flying Machine Conquers the Air ($2,500), Mort Kunstler’s The Right to a Free Press ($4,000), and Charles Santore’s An American Orbits the Earth ($3,000).

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