• A Timeless Tribute to “the Father of Western Art”

    George Catlin (American, 1796-1872) is considered by many to be the father of western art. However, the artist was laid to rest in an unmarked grave for almost a century, until 1961 when a very simple grave marker was added to his burial site. When award-winning, contemporary western artist John

  • Understanding the Museum’s Eco-Friendly Design

    Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West offers a unique perspective on the importance and application of conservation in Arizona. The LEED® Gold-certified museum building functions as an active teaching tool for all ages, and allows visitors to experience how contemporary architecture can minimize waste. When walking around the museum

  • Western Wednesdays at Scottsdale’s Museum of the West

    Beat the heat this June with family-friendly Western Wednesdays at Scottsdale’s Museum of the West! Each Western Wednesday, the museum will have engaging and educational activities for children ages 6 through 14. Cost per person for adults and children ages 6 and older is $5. Children 5 and under are

  • The Taos Society of Artists Symposium Presentations Now Available Online

    On April 6 and 7, 2017, Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West hosted The Taos Society of Artists Symposium. The two-day event, which was sponsored by Marcia and Hugh Ruddock, received an enthusiastic response from those who attended in-person, as well as individuals who viewed the symposium via live

  • Upcoming Events Tell the Story of Taos, New Mexico’s Origins as a World-famous Center of Art and Culture

    In conjunction with the museum’s exhibition The Taos Society of Artists sponsored by Scottsdale Art Auction (on view January 10 through April 30, 2017), Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West will host a series of four, monthly “Taos Tuesdays” programs, as well as the April 6 and 7 The

  • Registration is Open for Museum Members’ Cultural Tour

    Registration is now open for the second annual museum members’ cultural tour. The three-day tour will take place April 19 – April 21, 2017. This year’s trip to Northern Arizona will expand your experience with art beyond our galleries, taking you into the private studios of some of today’s most

  • Museum, ASU Acquire World’s Premier Collection of Western and Indian Movie Posters

    Visitors to Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West during summer 2017 will be treated to an exhibition of rare western and Indian movie posters and related graphic arts, thanks to a newly announced partnership with Arizona State University. The museum and university are the new stewards of The Rennard

  • Seeing U.S. National Parks through Artists’ Eyes

    August 25, 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Museum guests can enjoy images of Yellowstone (the nation’s first national park) and Grand Canyon National Park by artists Thomas Moran and Lone Wolf (aka Hart M. Schultz) in our current exhibitions. “Lone Wolf (Hart M. Schultz): Cowboy,

  • Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West Named Best Western Art Museum in the Nation

    Since opening in January 2015, Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West has garnered numerous awards, achievements and accolades, including the designation of Smithsonian Affiliate. To these, it can now add “Best Western Art Museum in the Nation” for its “extraordinary exhibitions and dedication to Western art and culture.” “We

  • “A Real Indian Painter Paints Indian Life”

    Lone Wolf (aka Hart M. Schultz; 1883-1970) bridged the diverse cultures of the Old and New West through his compelling life and career as an artist. His experiences as the son of a Blackfeet Indian mother and the prolific western book writer James Willard Schultz allowed him to interpret the