The country’s most important Western art show, the Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale, celebrates its 16th anniversary at the Autry National Center with opening-day activities on Saturday, February 2, 2013. This prestigious exhibition challenges nationally recognized artists such as Howard Terpning, Mian Situ, George Carlson, Bill Anton, Tucker Smith, Z. S. Liang, and others to exhibit their very best work. The juried exhibition and sale features 82 artists, including a newly added guest artist group of emerging talent, whose work is stylistically and thematically diverse.
“The Masters is recognized as the premier Western art exhibition and sale in the country,” said John Geraghty, Autry National Center Trustee and Special Advisor to Masters. “It has become the benchmark for each of the other major art events and has brought the nation’s most prominent artists and supporters to the Autry. Our artists have provided an exceptional presentation of paintings and sculptures for the 2013 Masters. In their capable hands, we can rest assured that the Western art genre remains strong and will thrive for many generations to come.”
The public is invited to participate in opening-weekend activities, which provide an opportunity to meet the artists and purchase their works. The exhibition opens on Saturday and will be on view from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. A chuck wagon luncheon will feature the presentation of artist awards, followed by an evening cocktail reception and sale. Patrons and artists engage in a festive atmosphere where approximately 275 works are sold by a drawing. One of the highlights of the evening will be a silent-bid process for Howard Terpning’s, Mystery of the Underwater People. Tickets for opening-weekend activities are now available at www.TheAutry.org/Masters.
Seven new artists joining Masters this year include Tom Browning, Donald Demers, Mick Doellinger, Logan Maxwell Hagege, Ned Mueller, Kenny McKenna, and Thomas Saubert. Also new this year is a group of guest artists, identified as emerging Western artists, who will contribute works to the popular Miniatures wall only. “This will provide these talented individuals the opportunity to exhibit their paintings with today’s foremost artists and be introduced to art enthusiasts, established collectors, and major gallery representatives, with the potential of becoming part of the Masters family,” said Geraghty. The guest artists include John Budicin, Lynn Gertenbach, Annette Hammer, and Brittany Weistling. “At only sixteen years of age, Brittany Weistling is an amazing talent,” he added, describing the daughter of Masters artists Morgan Weistling and Joann Peralta.
On Saturday, February 2, Masters opens to the public at 10:00 a.m. Visitors are admitted to the Masters exhibition free with museum admission. Special opening-day events require additional ticket purchase. The museum will close at 4:00 p.m. to prepare for the ticketed evening cocktail reception and sale. All of the artwork in the show will remain on exhibit through Sunday, March 17, 2013.
To learn more about the Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale, visit www.TheAutry.org/masters.
About the Autry National Center
The Autry is an intercultural history center dedicated to exploring and sharing the stories, experiences, and perceptions of the diverse peoples of the American West. Located in Griffith Park, the Autry’s collection of over 500,000 pieces of art and artifacts, which includes the collection of the Southwest Museum of the American Indian, is one of the largest and most significant in the United States. The Autry Institute includes two research libraries: the Braun Research Library and the Autry Library. Exhibitions, public programs, K–12 educational services, and publications are designed to examine the contemporary human condition through the lens of the historical Western experience and explore critical issues in society.
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