De­pic­tions from Den­ver

This Jan­uary, West­ern artists gath­ered in Den­ver for the and the Petrie In­sti­tute of Amer­i­can Art’s an­nual sym­po­sium.

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The start of the new year saw sev­eral notable ex­hi­bi­tions of West­ern art in the state of Colorado. The 25th an­nual Coors West­ern Art Ex­hibit & Sale in Den­ver opened dur­ing its sig­na­ture Red Car­pet Re­cep­tion on Jan­uary 3 at the Na­tional West­ern Stock Show. On Jan­uary 4, Den­ver saw the Petrie In­sti­tute of West­ern Amer­i­can Art’s 12th an­nual West­ern Amer­i­can art sym­po­sium, which this year had the theme Be­yond Amer­ica’s Heart­land: Re­gion­al­ism and the Art of the Amer­i­can West.

The Coors West­ern Art Ex­hibit & Sale dis­played the works of con­tem­po­rary artists from North Amer­ica and Europe who cap­ture the “West­ern Spirit.” Around 1,000 guests at­tended the event, which sup­ports the Na­tional West­ern Schol­ar­ship Trust, a con­tri­bu­tion that an­nu­ally pro­vides fi­nan­cial sup­port to 100 col­lege stu­dents study­ing agribusi­ness, vet­eri­nary sci­ence and ru­ral fam­ily medicine.

Dur­ing the show, win­ners of sev­eral sig­nif­i­cant awards were an­nounced. Best of Show went to Len Ch­miel from Hotchkiss, Colorado, for his oil Once a Fen­ce­post. The piece was se­lected by an es­teemed panel of judges and pre­sented by Kathy and Brad Coors, who gra­ciously donated the $2,500 cash award.

The artist’s choice award went to painter Ron Hicks from Den­ver, whose body of work was se­lected by fel­low artists in the Coors West­ern Art Ex­hibit. Among his works in the show was an oil on board ti­tled The Cov­er­ing. The 2018 fea­tured artist was Silt, Colorado, artist Dan Young, whose oil paint­ing The Su­per Moon on the Colorado will be added to the Na­tional West­ern

Stock Show’s per­ma­nent col­lec­tion.

The fol­low­ing day, the

Petrie In­sti­tute of West­ern

Amer­i­can Art held its 12th an­nual sym­po­sium, Be­yond

Amer­ica’s Heart­land:

Re­gion­al­ism and the Art of the Amer­i­can West.

Ex­pand­ing upon the well­known artist tri­umvi­rate of

Thomas Hart Ben­ton, John Steuart Curry and Grant Wood, this year’s sym­po­sium fo­cused on re­gion­al­ism and its im­pact on artists work­ing in the West.

Thomas Brent Smith, cu­ra­tor of West­ern Amer­i­can art at the Den­ver Art Mu­seum and di­rec­tor of the Petrie In­sti­tute of West­ern Amer­i­can Art, com­ments, “In Jan­uary we hosted an­other suc­cess­ful West­ern Amer­i­can art sym­po­sium. About 200 at­ten­dees en­joyed a wide va­ri­ety of lec­tures on re­gion­al­ism from our speak­ers. The lec­tures re­vealed new

At the 25th An­nual Coors West­ern Art Show & Sale, 60 artists ex­hib­ited art­work

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