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The cowboys, the Native Americans, the settlers, the mountain men and others who tamed the West...share their adventure through the rotating exhibits on display at the Museum of Western Art where the legend of the American West lives on. The Museum of Western Art is dedicated to the appreciation, presentation and promotion of Western American heritage as expressed through art and artifacts. It is a showcase for Western art and artists, past and present, and provides art and history education for all ages, focusing on the American West.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 22 June 2017
Contact: Stephanie Turnham
Contact: 830.896.2553

MUSEUM OF WESTERN ART ISSUED CHALLENGE GRANT

The award-winning Museum of Western Art has been issued a Challenge Grant from an anonymous donor. From July 1 until October 31, 2017, the donor will match any monies contributed up to $50,000.

“We want all of our supporters to be aware of this terrific opportunity for the Museum,” said Executive Director Stephanie Turnham. “The Museum provides our community with so much more than fine art and educational programs. It is a resource for curriculum enhancement for our area schools, helps keep our taxes low through the out-of-town visitors from around the world who stay in our hotels and RV parks, and contributes to the unique quality of life in the Texas Hill Country.”

The Museum of Western Art is a non-profit organization that receives no government support. As such it relies on grants, memberships and earned income to operate and to continue serving as the region’s premier cultural attraction. “The Museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation and interpretation of our nation’s rich Western heritage through art and artifacts, which has helped shape who we are as a nation.”

All contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

For more information about the museum, please call 896.2553, or visit the museum’s website at www.mowatx.com.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 1 June 2017
Contact: Stephanie Turnham
Contact: 830.896.2553

MUSEUM TO HOST VAQUERO EXHIBITION

The Museum of Western Art is pleased to host “Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy” that open June 9 and will remain on view through July 14, 2017.

In the early 1970s, noted Texas historian Joe Frantz offered Bill Wittliff a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – to visit a ranch in northern Mexico where the vaqueros still worked cattle in traditional ways. Wittliff photographed the vaqueros as they went about daily chores that had changed little since the first Mexican cowherders learned to work cattle from a horse’s back. Wittliff captured a way of life that now exists only in memory and in the photographs included in this exhibition.

“Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy” features photographs with bilingual narrative text that reveal the muscle, sweat and drama that went into roping a calf in thick brush or breaking a wild horse in the saddle. The exhibition is created by the Wittliff Collections at the Alkek Library, Texas State University, presented in partnership with Humanities Texas, the state affiliate for the National Endowment for the Humanities. It is made possible in part by a “We the People” grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information, please contact the museum at 830.896.2553.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 1 June 2017
Contact: Stephanie Turnham
Contact: 830.896.2553

MUSEUM OF WESTERN ART INVITES SUMMER CAMPERS TO “COLORS OF THE WEST"

The Museum of Western Art invites area youth to enjoy four fun-filled days of Summer Camp from June 13-16, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. until 2 p.m. Cost for the camp is only $65 per youth.

During the camp’s theme, “Colors of the West,” participants will be able to complete many age-appropriate arts and craft activities, including making paper, candles, woodworking, and games and snacks. A highlight of the camp will be enjoying a program by the “Crayon Man,” Richard Gwynn. Everyone should bring a sack lunch.

To sign your child up for the camp, please call the museum at 830.896.2553.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 30 May 2017
Contact: Stephanie Turnham
Contact: 830.377.6443

RITA MORRIS IS ARTIST OF THE MONTH AT MUSEUM OF WESTERN ART

The Museum of Western Art is showcasing artist Rita Morris as its June Artist of the Month. A wine and cheese reception will be held on Thursday, June 15, at 5:30 p.m. Non-museum members are invited to attend with a suggested donation of $10, and museum members can attend at no charge. Please call 896.2553 to r.s.v.p.

About her art, Rita says, “Because of my Native American roots, as well as my father’s involvement in the cattle industry, the subject matter for most of my paintings became the western way of life. I began . . . to study the rich history of brave men and women who struggled just to survive, paving the way for generations that would follow. These cowboys, Indians, mountain men, pioneer women, buffalo, horses and longhorns – and their interaction with each other on the prairies and plains – are stories that must be told.”

Rita’s work has been on view at The Russell Show and Exhibit, the Spirit of Texas Show and Sale, the Western Associates Show and Sale, Bosque Conservatory Juried Show, Brazos River Invitational, Oklahoma Impressionism, and in Greeley, Colorado.

For more information on The Museum of Western Art, please call or visit www.museumofwesternart.com.


 
 
       

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