The following completed exhibitions at Scottsdale’s Museum of the West played a significant role in the museum’s mission to immerse guests in the stories of the Greater Western region:
Will James: Cowboy Artist and Author (January 15, 2015 – December 2016)
Illustrations by the prolific writer and artist Will James (1892-1942), who at age 15 left his home near Montreal, Canada to work for large and small cattle outfits in the American West. James wrote and illustrated more than 24 books and numerous magazine articles; he is perhaps best known for his award-winning book “Smoky the Cowhorse.”
Inspirational Journey: The Story of Lewis and Clark (January 15, 2015 – October 30, 2016)
Contemporary painter Charles Fritz chronicled the historic early 19th century expedition of Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark in a dynamic series of 100 paintings that were accompanied by sculptural bronzes by artists including Barry Eisenach, Richard Greeves, and Harry Jackson. Interactive audio/video kiosks featured commentary by Fritz on his work.
Lone Wolf (Hart M. Schultz): Cowboy, Actor & Artist (June 21, 2016 – Aug. 31, 2016)
This retrospective highlighted the compelling career and artwork of Lone Wolf (aka Hart M. Schultz), who bridged the diverse cultures of the Old and New West. The exhibition featured a selection of the artist’s paintings, sculptures, illustrated books and ephemera that illuminated his contributions as a contemporary Blackfeet Indian artist. It also discussed his significant role in capturing the accounts of the individuals and events that shaped the American frontier during the first half of the 20th century.
A Salute to Cowboy Artists of America and a Patron, the Late Eddie Basha: 50 Years of Amazing Contributions to the American West (Nov. 7, 2015 – May 31, 2016)
Since its founding by four prominent Arizona artists, Cowboy Artists of America (CAA) has been recognized as one of the most influential artists’ groups in the nation’s history. This retrospective featured more than 90 paintings and sculptures by the 77 artists who have been CAA members during the past 50 years, and showcased their contributions to both fine art and western culture. The exhibition also paid tribute to renowned Arizona businessman and community leader, the late Eddie Basha, whose legacy includes one of the largest private collections of contemporary Western American and American Indian art in the world.
Process and Materiality: The Bronze Artistry of John Coleman with Erik Petersen (Jan. 15, 2015 – Oct. 11, 2015)
Majestic sculptures in bronze by this highly regarded western artist, accompanied by photographs revealing the fascinating and complex process by which Coleman creates his work, including the contribution of artist Erik Petersen.
Fine Art of the American West: People and Places (Jan. 15, 2015 – Oct. 11, 2015)
A diverse and engaging selection of works by artists such as Charles Bird King, Georgia O’Keeffe, Charles M. Russell, W. Herbert Dunton, Fritz Scholder, William R. Leigh, Ed Mell, Allan Houser, Kate T. Cory and Marjorie Thomas showcased the rich variety of themes, styles and imagery in western art.