The newest and most distinctive Western art exhibition in the country makes its debut Friday, October 21, 2011, at Phoenix Art Museum. Presented by the Museum’s Men’s Arts Council, The West Select unites more than 30 of today’s leading artists to present an expansive look at the American West. Featuring nearly 100 paintings, drawings, sculptures and photographs the selected works will reveal iconic landscapes, still-lifes and wildlife; historical genre scenes of cowboys, settlers and American Indians; and depictions of the modern, or "New West."
“Phoenix Art Museum has been at the forefront of Western American art for more than three decades,” commented James Ballinger, The Sybil Harrington Director, Phoenix Art Museum. “In that time, Phoenix has become a vibrant metropolis, maintaining a sense of tradition while embracing a contemporary approach to life in the American West. The Museum’s primary Western art exhibition should represent the breadth of this new environment.”
The West Select will feature the best Western artists from across the country, including: William Acheff, Bill Anton, Scott Baxter, Arturo Chávez, Len Chmiel, Jay Dusard, Josh Elliott, Luke Frazier, George Hallmark, Ann Hanson, Steve Kestrel, Richard Loffler, Merrill Mahaffey, Walter Matia, William Matthews, Louisa McElwain, Ed Mell, Dean Mitchell, John Moyers, Terri Moyers, Dan Ostermiller, Howard Post, Cynthia Ridgen, Bill Schenck, William Shepherd, Bob "Shoofly" Shufelt, Gary Ernest Smith, Don Stinson, Kent Ullberg, Curt Walters and Benjamin Wu. Offering a rich survey of works that exemplify the “American West”, this select group of highly regarded artists will bring their talents together to create a new Western classic sale and exhibition.
The West Select Sale Weekend
On Friday, October 21 from 10am to 3pm, The West Select opens with a special viewing for ticketed Sale patrons only prior to the sale that evening. The sale will be held at 5:30pm. The Exhibition opens to Museum Members on Saturday, October 22 and the general public may view the exhibition on Sunday, October 23. The artwork will remain on exhibit through Sunday, November 20, 2011.
The West Select ticket holders are invited to attend the host of activities at the Museum on Friday including artist presentations and the Awards Luncheon. Between the Museum's events and additional collecting opportunities to be found in nearby Western art galleries, it will be a weekend of activities to excite first-time buyers and keep even the most active collectors busy. This is the "Don't Miss" Western art event of the season!
Chris Gooch, President of the Men’s Arts Council, concludes that “As an organization, the Men’s Arts Council is thrilled with the opportunity to assist in the creation of what will be, from its first year, the major event on the national Western art calendar. This Sale Weekend has the potential to revitalize Arizona’s commitment to Western American art.”
For more information visit MensArtsCouncil.com.
The Men’s Arts Council
The Men’s Arts Council of Phoenix Art Museum is a nonprofit organization that was founded in January 1967 to support the programs and activities of the Museum. With the talents and efforts of its over 175 members, MAC organizes two distinctively different annual events: an annual Western Art Sale and Exhibition and the Bell Lexus Copperstate 1000 Vintage Car Rally.
The success of these fundraising events enables MAC to make annual contributions to the Museum's operating budget, to financially sponsor exhibitions, and to fund three separate endowments for art acquisition and education: Western American Art Endowment Fund, Men's Arts Council Sculpture Endowment, and the James K. Ballinger Director's Scholarship Endowment. As of August 2010, MAC's cumulative financial contribution to Phoenix Art Museum over the last 44 years is over $9 million.
Left: Gary Ernest Smith, Clouds Over Red Earth, 2011, Oil on canvas. Center: Steve Kestrel, Arc of Time, 2011, bronze. Right: Louisa McElwain, Day Break Moonset, 2011, Oil on canvas.