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The 41st showing of the Prix de West invitational art exhibition opened at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City on June 13th.  One of the top western art shows in the country, it features the foremost painters and sculptors of western, southwestern, landscape and wildlife genres from across the country.

Jodie and I always enjoy attending the Prix de West to catch up with the collectors, artists and museum folks who have become close friends over the years.  Two days of events include seminars, book signings, receptions, the Prix de West sale, and the awards banquet that features a smaller auction of fine western art.

This year, the big surprise for us was that long time friend and CAC Signature artist Jeremy Lipking was awarded the coveted Prix de West Museum purchase award in only his third outing at the show.

Silence & Sagebrush
64″ x 64″ Oil on Linen
Jeremy Lipking
Prix de West Museum Purchase Award
Silence & Sagebrush on display at the exhibit

  Here is Jeremy receiving the award medal at the awards banquet and another photo of his wife Danielle and their baby as they look on when the award was announced earlier in the day at the luncheon.

Other award winners included Trust by Carrie L. Ballentyne winning the Donald Teague Memorial Award.  Carrie does phenomenal work in oil, pencil and conté crayon.

21 1/2″ x 16 1/2″ Conté
Carrie L. Ballantyne
Donald Teague Memorial Award

Wildlife sculptor Tim Shinabarger won the Major General and Mrs. Don D. Pittman Wildlife Award for “The Mountaineers”, a very cool wall mounted sculpture of three Dall Sheep standing proudly on top of a mountain crag.

The Mountaineers
52″ H x 23″ W x 10″ D Bronze
Tim Shinabarger
Major General and Mrs. Don D. Pittman Wildlife Award

CAA Artist Loren Entz won the Express Ranches Great American Cowboy Award for his oil painting “When the Work’s All Done This Fall”.

When the Work’s All Done This Fall
48″ x 48″ Oil on Canvas
Loren Entz
Express Ranches Great American Cowboy Award

George Carlson won the Frederic Remington Award for achievement in a painting for his painting “Ravens of the Palouse” and the Robert Lougheed Memorial Award for the best display of three or more works for “Ravens of the Palouse”, “The Tempest” and “Reflections”.

Ravens of the Palouse
42″ x 42″ Oil on Linen
George Carlson
Frederic Remington Award

Finally, John Coleman won both the James Earle Fraser Sculpture Award and the Buyer’s Choice Award for his stunning monumental sized “Honeymoon at Crow Fair”.  It was definitely a crowd pleaser.

Honeymoon at Crow Fair on display at the Prix de West show
8′ 2″ H x 80″ W x 38″ D Bronze
John Coleman
James Earle Fraser Sculpture Award
Buyer’s Choice Award

The rooms were full both at the Friday night reception and the Saturday evening sale as buyers worked the room to figure out which works they wanted to put in to purchase.

Linda Teague Biro, daughter of the late and legendary painter Donald Teague gave a wonderful presentation about her father’s career entitled “Donald Teague, A Life In Color”.  I wish I had the space to completely cover her presentation because it was enlightening, entertaining and quite fascinating.

Linda Teague Biro

“Donald Teague, A Life In Color”
Donald Teague, the artist at work
Pete Biro, Jodie, Seth Hopkins head of the Booth Museum,
Linda Teague Biro and myself

John Geraghty, Special Advisor of the Masters of the American West was in attendance with Jay Grodin, the Chairman of the Masters Committee.  Their attendance was recognized during the banquet.  John, who many years ago was involved with the Cowboy Museum and the Prix de West has been running the Masters of the American West at the Autry National Center for over 15 years.

Juhn Geraghty & Jay Grodin being
recognized at the awards banquet
Jodie with John Geraghty

Another great surprise at the show this year was to learn the Dr. Steven Karr had been selected to be the new CEO of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, replacing Chuck Schroeder.  We initially knew Steven when he was Director of the Southwest Museum, one of the museums in the Autry National Center.  He then moved to San Antonio to start the Briscoe Museum and there saw to the completion of their new world class facility.  We were thrilled to learn that he will be joining the Cowboy Museum and look forward to working with him there.  He was joined throughout the festivities with his lovely wife Carrie.

Dr. Steven Karr being recognized
at the banquet.  His wife Carrie
is seated behind him.

Jodie with Carrie Karr

Of course it is always great to see our many artist, collector and museum friends at the show.  I posted lots of photos of them along with many other images from the show on my website at jimrea.com/zenphoto/PDW2014.  I would like to wrap up with one photo I took of our friend, sculptor Gerald Balciar.  Jerry carved the huge monumental sculpture of a mountain lion climbing down a canyon from a single piece of marble weighing more than 31 tons.  It sits at the end of the main foyer before the entrance of the Gaylord Exhibition Wing.  The sculpture was so tall that he had to sculpt it laying on its side.  The finished sculpture weighs more than 8 tons and stands 15′ above its base.  Toward the end of the festivities, I grabbed this shot of Jerry next to his “Canyon Princess”

Canyon Princess with Gerald Balciar

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By: archcomm