Prix de West exhibit opens Friday at National Cowboy Museum
The 38th annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition and Sale featuring more than 100 artists will open Friday at The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.
The exhibit will include more than 300 Western paintings and sculptures by the finest contemporary Western artists in the nation. Art seminars, receptions and an awards banquet round out the exhibition’s opening events Friday-Sunday. Reservations are required for most opening weekend activities.
The exhibiting artists bring a diversity of styles to this prestigious art exhibition. Works range from historical pieces that reflect the early days of the West, to more contemporary and impressionist works of art. Landscapes, wildlife and illustrative scenes are always highlighted in the exhibition. The annual event kicks off with two days of seminars on art-related topics and art demonstrations, a sale of all the submitted works and finishes with the Prix de West Perk on Sunday morning.
This year will carry on the tradition of the minimum-bid sale. Any Prix de West patron with a registered ballot book may participate in the minimum-bid sale. In addition, a live auction of art will be offered during the banquet.
The seminars and demonstrations are crowd pleasers. The tentative 2011 seminar and art demonstrations feature an impressive cross-section of presenters.
On Friday, Dean A. Porter of Indiana, will kick off the presentations discussing Walter Ufer. Resident curator at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Richard Rattenbury will speak Friday about the art of American armsmakers. Sarah Burt, senior curator at the C.M. Russell Museum, Great Falls, Mont., will follow with a lecture on the influence of Karl Bodmer on Western artists. Andrew Peters, a Prix de West artist, will conclude with a presentation about Bodmer’s voyage and legacy. During lunch break, authors and artists will participate in a book signing.
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