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