Western Art Associates, established in 1968 as a support group of Phoenix Art Museum, has generously made possible the acquisition of fifty-three works for the Museum’s collection, all on display in Celebrating 50 Years. Its impetus was the purchase of Pink Abstraction (1929) by Georgia O’Keeffe, which prompted several influential Phoenicians to observe that if the museum had wanted a painting by this artist, it should have been one of her Western paintings.
The focus of the group has been the historical and contemporary art of the Western United States portraying cowboys, American Indians, and landscape. Their first purchase was Maynard Dixon’s Watchers from the Housetops in 1973. Thereafter, the group made possible the acquisition of significant works for the Museum’s collection nearly every year. Most recent is the 50th Anniversary purchase of Emil Bisttram’s stunning Ranchos de Taos Church (in partnership with Men’s Arts Council). Members of Western Art Associates had a strong interest in contemporary Western art, and for 37 years, between 1973 and 2010 were involved with the annual exhibition and sale of the Cowboy Artists of America, founded in Sedona in 1965.
$23 — Adults
$20 — Senior Citizens (Ages 65+)
$18 — Students (with ID)
$14 — Children (Ages 6-17)
All exhibitions and installations are included with General Admission.
This special installation is open to the public during voluntary-donation hours from 3–9 pm each Wednesday, from 6–10 pm on the first Friday of each month, and from noon–5 pm on the second Sunday of each month.
Maynard Dixon, Watchers from the Housetops, 1931. Oil on canvas. Museum purchase with funds provided by Western Art Associates.