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 broadcast over the internet. Video recordings of the symposium speakers’ presentations can be found below to accommodate those who were unable to enjoy the live presentations – or who wish to experience them again.

Symposium guests heard detailed histories and little known accounts relating to the Taos Society of Artists, one of the most highly regarded artist groups in the nation’s history. The program’s internationally recognized scholars discussed the lives, artistic techniques and patrons of the society’s members, as well as the components that established the artistic circle in Taos, New Mexico during the early twentieth century.

Featured speakers included Barbara Brandenburg Brenner, granddaughter of Oscar E. Berninghaus and lifetime supporter of the Taos arts community; Virginia Couse Leavitt, granddaughter of E. Irving Couse and one of the founders of the Couse-Sharp Foundation; Michael Grauer, Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs/Curator of Art and Western Heritage of the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, and Instructor in Art History at West Texas A&M University; Peter Hassrick, Co-curator of “The Taos Society of Artists” exhibition, and Director Emeritus of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West; Tricia Loscher, Ph.D., Co-curator of “The Taos Society of Artists” exhibition and Chief Curator of Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West; and Susan Sessions Rugh, Ph.D., Dean of Undergraduate Education and Professor of History at Brigham Young University.

Special thanks to Western Art Collector magazine and Candee Productions, Inc. for their support.

To view the The Taos Society of Artists Symposium presentations, please click on the videos below.

Day 1: April 6, 2017

“Taos Transformations: The Art of E. Martin Hennings” by Peter H. Hassrick

“A Step Back in Time: The Couse-Sharp Historic Site” by Virginia Couse Leavitt

“The Taos Painters and Branding the Southwest for Tourists” by Susan Sessions Rugh, Ph.D.


Day 2: April 7, 2017

“What Buck Brought to the Table: W. Herbert Dunton and the Taos Society of Artists” by Michael R. Grauer

“My Grandpa Painted Pictures” by Barbara Brandenburg Brenner

“The 1924 Sands Family Trip to Taos, New Mexico” by Tricia Loscher, Ph.D.


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