Exhibition Details

Location: Steele Gallery
Dates: October 18, 2008
to November 16, 2008


"One of the country's premier Western American art events" - Western Art Collector Magazine

The most anticipated Western American fine art event in the country, the annual Cowboy Artists of America (CAA) Exhibition & Sale presents a depiction of the West only the members of the CAA can capture with such realistic skill and spirit. This is the only time each year that the members of the CAA exhibit together as a group. With its rich and colorful history, the Exhibition continually captures the attention of art fans from across the globe, both young and old alike.

More than 130 new works created in the last year by the 23 active members of CAA are unveiled for the first time each year at this annual event at Phoenix Art Museum. Included are bronze and stone sculptures, oil paintings, water solubles and drawings that capture the life of a cowboy. Some of the artists portray the West that is long gone and only visible through art, while others portray contemporary cowboy life, using their own life experiences on the ranch or reservation as their research.

The Sale, organized by the Museum’s Men’s Arts Council, is a specially-ticketed event and is held on the evening prior to the exhibition’s opening to the public. Providing the first opportunity to view the more than 130 new works of art, the Sale attracts hundreds of fine art collectors from across the country. Rather than a typical art auction, attendees of the Sale submit intent-to-purchase slips and the first name drawn has the option to buy the work of art. This method not only proves exciting but also offers an equal opportunity for both the first time buyer and the seasoned collector. Sale ticket holders enjoy a full weekend of activities, including a breakfast at the Museum and a docent tour of the permanent collection as well as plenty of opportunities to mix and mingle with the artists. For more information, click here.

This year, Phoenix Art Museum welcomes a newly-inducted CAA member, Tim Cox, to the Exhibition and Sale. Cox, who lives in northern New Mexico, is both an artist and a working cowboy, raising cattle and training horses when he is not painting. He strives for perfection in the details of the cowboy and the horse, and it is this quality that caught the eye of the CAA.

Concurrent with the CAA exhibition will be a display of showpiece saddles of the early 20th century. These ornate trophy and parade saddles feature intricate designs in silver, gold, jewels, and leather. Saddles by Edward H. Bohlin were extremely popular in Hollywood, and his clients included Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Hopalong Cassidy, and Ronald Reagan.

Don't miss artists from the Dry Creek Arts Fellowship demonstrate the making of functional, yet beautiful, accoutrements to Western life. Click here for more information!

Image Credits

Left:Lives With Honor, John Coleman, 2008. Bronze, 28” x 26” x 14”. Courtesy of the artist.

Center: Jughead, Bill Owen, 2008. Oil on canvas, 18” x 24”. Courtesy of the artist.

Right: Moonlight Warriors, Martin Grelle, 2008. Oil on linen, 28” x 28”. Courtesy of the artist.

The 43rd Annual Exhibition & Sale is organized by Phoenix Art Museum and the Museum’s Men’s Arts Council. It is presented by Wells Fargo and with the continued, generous support from Mr. and Mrs. Robert Norris and the Dellora A. and Lester J. Norris Foundation. Additional support provided by the Sharron and Delbert R. Lewis Exhibition Endowment Fund. Promotional support has been provided by The Arizona Republic. This Exhibition & Sale would not be possible with out the continued contributions of Western Art Associates. The saddles are generously lent by Mort and Donna Fleischer.