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This month’s issue marks our 45th anniversary. In celebration, we took a look back at four and a half decades of covers to trace the evolution of the magazine and the art market it has chronicled.
The magazine was founded in 1971 with an initial focus on Texas galleries, but five years later, the content had expanded to include the greater Southwest.
By 1978 the western art market was beginning to establish itself, but a wide range of artwork was still featured in the magazine, such as this abstract painting on the cover.
Our first annual wildlife art issue featured a cover painting by Gary Swanson along with articles on Bob Kuhn, Ken Carlson, Kent Ullberg, and more.
This floral still life is by Texas artist Darryl Trott, who was interviewed by longtime editor Susan Hallsten McGarry.
The cover of this 250-page issue, a photograph by Kurt Markus, is one of only a handful of black-and-white covers in the magazine’s history.
Our 15th anniversary issue featured a cover painting by renowned artist Richard Schmid and an article about his retrospective exhibition at the Gilcrease Museum.
This issue’s cover is by internationally recognized Hopi artist Dan Namingha, who continues to create colorful and meaningful work.
This striking cover painting by legendary artist John Nieto accompanied a story on how the coyote has been interpreted in western art.
Our first “Art Source” issue was a directory of over 1,000 galleries plus auction houses, print publishers, and more. We published Art Source annually through 1997.
A Pueblo Indian boy captured by artist Mike Desatnick. Scenes of Native Americans and cowboys were common cover subjects in this era.
This issue commemorates Covering the West, a traveling exhibition featuring 60+ cover artists that the magazine created to celebrate its 25th anniversary.
Work by popular sculptor Dave McGary graced this cover. McGary’s death in 2013 at age 55 saddened the western art world.
From 2000 through 2002, our August issue was the official magazine of the annual Indian Market in Santa Fe. The 2001 edition set an all-time record at 320 pages.
For many years our October Collector’s Issue featured the homes of prominent collectors; this year the homes were in Jackson Hole, Palm Desert, and Hilton Head.
As Salt Lake City hosted the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, this issue surveyed some of Utah’s top artists, including cover artist Christopher Young.
Every September issue since 2000 has included our “21 Under 31” feature on young artists to watch. It’s been one of our most popular features.
During our 40th anniversary year, this painting by Nicholas Wilson graced the cover of an issue that focused on wildlife art.
Our annual landscape issue stretched the boundaries slightly with this seascape by California artist Debra Huse on the cover.
Our cover got a brand-new look last fall, and a painting by rising star Mark Maggiori finds us galloping into the future.
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