• Members’ Exhibition Preview and Reception for John Coleman: Past/Present/Future

    Meet John Coleman, one of the nation’s most highly regarded contemporary artists, and preview this exciting exhibition of artworks spanning more than four decades by the pioneering painter, sculptor and influential teacher. The members’ preview and reception will take place 6-8 p.m., Friday, September 16. Please call Visitor Services at 480-686-9539 to make your reservation […]

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  • Exhibition Opening – John Coleman: Past/Present/Future

    Images of American Indians infused with the history and mythology of the American West have made John Coleman one of the nation’s most highly regarded contemporary artists. This exhibition provides an unparalleled opportunity to examine the career of this pioneering painter, sculptor and influential teacher. It includes creations in charcoal, graphite, oil and bronze. Coleman […]

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  • Homeschool Day

    On September 27, children and their parents/guardians are invited to attend a special day at the museum exclusively for homeschooled students. Drop in any time between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. for a unique opportunity to explore the artwork of two contemporary western artists. In the gallery featuring the exhibition “John Coleman: Past/Present/Future” (on view […]

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  • Spirit of the West Celebration

    Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West is celebrating the donation of “The A.P. Hays Spirit of the West Collection” to the museum with free admission to the entire museum from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and a special informational presentation by the collection donor Abe Hays. The Paradise Valley resident and retired owner of […]

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  • OK Chorale: Gunfighters of the Old West

    Join Yodeling Al, Jingel’n Jud and Tumbleweed Tony ‒ members of the OK Chorale ‒ for an entertaining program of songs and stories about the Old West.

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  • Exploring the West with the Smithsonian, Part 1, Aerial America: Arizona

    The Grand Canyon is one of the seven natural wonders of the world, but it’s just one of many breathtaking marvels you’ll find in Arizona. Explore the Copper State’s remarkable history and its awe-inspiring landscapes, spectacular sunsets and infamous gunfights. From Tombstone to tent jails, from the Valley of the Sun to lost cities of […]

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  • Exploring the West with the Smithsonian, Part 2, Aerial America: Wyoming

    Soar over Wyoming and explore the fertile landscapes that first lured men like Jim Bridger out West in search of furs and game. Then visit the Cowboy State’s famous towns and landmarks, from Jackson Hole to the Teton Mountains, and from the Sheridan Rodeo to the Continental Divide. Delve into its controversial past, including a […]

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  • Gunnar Widforss: Painter of the National Parks

    Gunnar Widforss (1879-1934) spent much of his creative life painting Zion, Bryce, Mesa Verde, Yosemite, Crater Lake, Carlsbad Caverns, Sequoia, Death Valley, Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon, which earned the Swedish artist the nickname “Painter of the National Parks.” His realistic watercolors were noted for their strength and depth of color, similar to that of […]

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  • Meet the Artist: Master Sculptor Oreland C. Joe Sr.

    Award-winning artist Oreland C. Joe Sr., whose heritage is Diné (Navajo) and Ute, is the first Native American artist to be admitted into the prestigious Cowboy Artists of America. He is also a founding member of the Indigenous Sculpture Society, which was created to sustain and promote Native American stone sculpture. Joe’s worldwide travels have […]

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  • The American West in Film and Television: TV Westerns Grow Up: 1955-1968

    In the early days of television, children were the primary audience for most westerns. Between 1955 and the late ‘60s, an explosion of Westerns for grownups took over the TV screen – shows such as “Rawhide,” “Bonanza,” “Gunsmoke,” “Cheyenne,” “The High Chaparral,” “Wagon Train” and “The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp.” At one point, […]

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