Category Archives: Southwest Art Blog

Hear directly from the editors of Southwest Art in this art blog. Discussions of how to begin an art collection are found here as well as reflections on the latest contemporary American artists creating landscape paintings, still life paintings, and more. We delve into cowboy art and Native American art too, plus updates on art competitions, art shows, art exhibitions, and more.

Editor’s Letter | Oklahoma on My Mind: A report from the Prix de West art show

Waiting on Spring by Walt Gonske

It’s become a bit of a tradition on this page for me to share my thoughts on the Prix de West show each year. After all, it’s one of the western art world’s biggest parties, hosted in grand style each June by the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. This year’s event was as impressive as ever…

Lasting Impressions Hurricane Relief Art Sale

Daniel Keys, Tea-Tins With Peaches, oil, 16 x 20.

In August 2011, the Schoharie Valley in New York was devastated by flooding from Hurricane Irene. Far inland from the coast, Schohaire Creek rose above its banks and flooded local towns and fields; destroyed crops; drowned livestock; contaminated food and water sources; and destroyed roads, bridges, homes, and businesses. Local artist Jonathan Stasko, moved to […]

Cowboy Artists of America Show: Cowboy Art

Bill Allison, Saddle Maker, Roundup, Montana by Loren Entz

I just returned from the Cowboy Artists of America’s 46th annual exhibition and sale, which was held this year at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City for the first time since the early 1970s. This year the show coincided with the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association’s 13th annual exhibition and sale, featuring […]

Quest for the West Winners

Naranjas en Venta by Scott Tallman Powers

The annual Quest for the West show and sale opened recently at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis, IN. This year’s show attracted more than 400 attendees and tallied nearly $1 million in sales. Almost all of the 50 participating artists attended the opening-weekend festivities at the museum, which included […]

Art & Wildflower Celebration

In the Wild by Kate Kiesler

Art and outdoor lovers converge July 7-10 in Breckenridge, CO, to celebrate the resort town’s natural and manmade beauty. Artists from across the country fan out across the scenic mountain town to paint scenes with a wildflower theme. The public is invited to watch the artists work. Tricia Bass, Ginger Whellock, Adele Earnshaw, and Kate […]

Dan Beck Wins Top Award at OPA

dan beck

Devin Galleries, located in the scenic resort town of Coeur d’Alene, ID, hosted the National Juried Exhibition of the Oil Painters of America on June 11. The annual show unfolded at the gallery with a shoulder-to-shoulder crowd eyeing paintings by more than 170 artists from across the country. Later that evening, the artists gathered in […]

Strong Sales at Prix de West

Umatilla Rock by George Carlson

There were top-notch artworks and lots of sales at the 38th annual Prix de West Invitational, held last weekend at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, OK. Opening-night purchases totaled $3.4 million, nearly matching last year’s $3.5 million tally. The prestigious Prix de West Purchase Award went to “Umatilla Rock,” one […]

Top Awards at Gold Medal Exhibit

Winter Orchstration, Markleeville Coda by Charles Muench

The 100th annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition unfolded on April 2 at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. The show draws top artists from California and beyond. This year’s event featured 154 painters and sculptors. Best of Show honors went to Steve Huston. Charles Muench took home Southwest Art’s Award of Excellence for his snowy […]