Exhibition Details

Location: Steele Gallery
Dates: November 11, 2012
to December 31, 2012


The nation's newest and most distinctive Western American art event is an exciting exhibition and opportunity for patrons to collect exceptional works of contemporary Western art. The Sale takes place Friday, November 9, and the exhibition is open to the public Sunday, November 11 through December 31 -- all at Phoenix Art Museum. Presented by the Museum's Men's Arts Council, The West Select unites 35 leading artists from across the country to present an expansive take on the great diversity of the American West. Featuring more than 110 paintings, drawings, sculptures, watercolors and photographs, the selected works will reveal iconic landscapes, still-lifes and wildlife; genre scenes of the historical and modern West, as well as depictions of the "New West."

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.

Image Credits

Left: Scott Baxter, Silkie Perkins at Bakers Pass Tank, Yavapai County, Arizona, 2011. Photograph, 41" x 36".
Middle: Len Chmiel, Black Canyon Rainbows, 2012. Oil on canvas, 32" X 34".
Right: Bob "Shoofly" Shufelt, We’re Gettin’ Western Now Boys...!, 2012. Graphite on paper, 21.5" x 31.5".

Exhibition Sponsors

The West Select is organized by Phoenix Art Museum and the Men’s Arts Council. This exhibition is made possible by Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold with additional support provided by J.W. Kieckhefer Foundation and Margaret T. Morris Foundation.