• Joe Beeler’s Epic Talent and Legacy Highlighted in Exhibition

    “The Art of Joe Beeler: A Western Original,” on display January 19 through October 28, 2018 at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, includes more than 80 paintings and bronze sculptures by the artist, as well as a recreation of Beeler’s Sedona, Arizona studio. The nearly completed painting “Into the North Wind,” which was […]

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  • Museum Named 2018 Nation’s “Best Western Museum”

    The people have spoken! In the January 2018 issue of True West magazine, Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West was named the nation’s “Best Western Museum” by its readers. This readers’ choice award builds upon the museum’s previous recognition as the editors’ choice “Best Western Museum” in both 2017 and 2016. Additionally, the magazine’s […]

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  • 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 Taos Society of Artists Symposium. […]

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  • 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 Strickland Collection of Western Film […]

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  • 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 are honored to be recognized […]

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  • “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 West through both Native and […]

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  • CAA Artist Profile: Master Sculptor Oreland Joe

    New Mexican artist Oreland Joe Sr. is the creator of the only stone sculptures in the Cowboy Artists of America (CAA) 50th anniversary exhibition, which is on display at Scottsdale’s Museum of the West through Tuesday, May 31, 2016. His artworks connect with viewers of many cultures and backgrounds by portraying the spirit, history and […]

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  • Western Traditions Show Debuts

    The new year brings a new show for museum guests to enjoy. “Western Traditions” features Ermal Williamson, an award-winning John Wayne impersonator, and Paula Williamson, a Patsy Cline tribute artist and national yodeling champion. The show takes place in the Virginia G. Piper Theater on scheduled performance dates. The “Western Traditions” show is included with […]

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  • “Spirit of the West” Featured Object: Maggie Wright’s Phillips & Gutierrez Prize Spurs

    Mrs. Ed (Maggie) Wright was a skilled and talented professional rodeo performer, who had a true west spirit for daring stunts. Maggie won the top rodeo event at Cheyenne, Wyoming’s Championship Lady Bronco Busting contest on July 28, 1917. As the top rider she won the spurs now shown in the Hays Collection at Scottsdale’s […]

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  • Cowboy Artists of America 50th Anniversary Exhibition Opens Saturday, November 7

    Fifty years ago, four prominent Arizona artists who shared a fervent desire to authentically preserve and perpetuate the culture of Western life in fine art formed the Cowboy Artists of America (CAA). Since that time, CAA’s distinguished artists have become recognized as the leaders in the field of Western representational art. To celebrate CAA’s golden […]

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