National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
Contact: Stacy Pearce, Assistant Director of Marketing
Phone: (405) 478-2250, Ext. 234 Fax: (405) 478-4714
Web Link: http://www.nationalcowboymuseum.org/
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 4, 2011
OKLAHOMA CITY—The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, announces a major addition to its lineup of fine art exhibitions and sales. The Museum will present the Cowboy Artists of America (CAA) 46th Annual Sale & Exhibition October 14-15, 2011. The event will be held alongside the Museum's longstanding Traditional Cowboy Arts Association (TCAA) Exhibition and Sale, now in its 13th year. The combination offers collectors of Western fine art an unparalleled opportunity in one location.
The CAA show is returning to its roots. Its inaugural exhibition was held at what was then the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in 1966. In 1973, the CAA Sale & Exhibition moved to the Phoenix Art Museum. Today, the organization represents some of the most regarded Western artists, including 22 active members anticipated to exhibit more than 100 works of art in Oklahoma City.
Tim Cox, president of the Cowboy Artists of America, said, "The Cowboy Artists of America are tremendously excited about the association with the National Cowboy Museum. We hope our followers will join us in the kickoff celebration."
The TCAA is dedicated to preserving and promoting saddlemaking, bit and spur making, silversmithing and rawhide braiding, traditional crafts evolved from the cowboy culture of the American West. TCAA members are master craftsmen who have elevated their work to an artistic level, and in 2011, 17 members are expected to offer 50 works of functional art for purchase and exhibition.
"The TCAA is anxious to share the stage already set at the Museum," said Scott Hardy, TCAA president. "Our members believe these exhibitions and sale may well make history this year and in the years to come."
"We constantly strive to serve as America's premier institution preserving and interpreting the history of the American West," said Museum President Chuck Schroeder. "We believe that bringing the Cowboy Artists of America home to the National Cowboy Museum is one of the most exciting and historic events to take place in the art world in a very long time."
In the tradition of its Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition and Sale, the Museum is hosting a full complement of activities around the grand opening of the two exceptional exhibits. Art enthusiasts are encouraged to save the dates now in order to attend the preview party October 14. On October 15, attendees can look forward to an autograph party luncheon and educational activities during the daytime, followed by a marquee fixed-price sale that evening.
A cocktail reception allows patrons the opportunity to submit ballot slips for works they wish to purchase, and the energy at the event kicks into high gear when the air horn is blown signaling the first draw of buyer names. The hour that follows is a lively period filled with excitement as buyers make purchases.
A celebratory banquet and dance with Western entertainment will cap the evening's activities. It will be held in the Museum's Sam Noble Special Events Center, one of the grandest venues in the West.
The CAA exhibition and sale will continue through November 27, while the TCAA fine art will be on display and available for purchase through January 8, 2012.
The move to October does represent a change in dates for the TCAA from its traditional last Saturday in September. It also was announced that Rodeo Weekend, the annual awards and hall of fame inductions sponsored by the Rodeo Historical Society, will move to September 23-24 with a new Friday/Saturday format. The sixth edition of the Museum's Small Works, Great Wonders Winter Art Sale remains scheduled for November 17.
"The autumn events schedule at the Museum sets a new high water mark for fans of Western culture. The full calendar of exhibitions and events make this a not-to-be missed destination," said Schroeder. "Every one of these events will be important to the Museum's overall financial well being. We encourage attendance and participation, because it allows us to keep presenting rich cultural experiences to guests of all ages."
Pricing is being established for the events. It is anticipated that reservations will be able to be made online beginning in mid-June or by contacting the Museum at (405) 478-2250. Closer to opening weekend, the Museum will feature both exhibitions in online catalogs, and commemorative printed catalogs will be available for purchase. Watch for updates on all Museum events at www.nationalcowboymuseum.org.
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