Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum

Canyon, TX



First Panhandle-Plains Invitational Western Art Exhibition and Sale


On March 26, 2000, the Friends of Southwestern Art of the Panhandle-Plains Historical Society and the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon, Texas will sponsor the first Panhandle-Plains Invitational Western Art Exhibition and Sale. This event will provide the only museum-quality venue in the Texas Panhandle for contemporary Western artists. The proceeds of the Invitational will benefit the art department of the Museum by funding additions to the collection and bringing the finest in historic Southwestern art to the area.

The Museum has a history of hosting contemporary Southwestern artists, beginning with the Coppini Academy of San Antonio's annual exhibitions in the 1950s through the Amarillo Rotary Club exhibitions in the early 1990s. Moreover, the Museum's outstanding historic Southwestern art collection will be complemented by inviting accomplished, skillful, and sought-after artists to the Panhandle-Plains Invitational. Consequently, the Invitational will be curated like any other museum exhibition and only the highest-quality works will be shown.

Over 35 artists from Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, and Oklahoma have been invited to the exhibition. Among those artists planning to exhibit are Richard Thompson of Amarillo, Jim Ward of Canyon, Pat Dagnon of Colorado Springs, James Holmes of Santa Fe, Barbara Vaupel of Henryetta, Oklahoma, and Doug Scott of Taos. (left: Amarillo artist Richard Thompson will be among the artists featured at the Panhandle-Plains Invitational, an exhibit of contemporary Western art.)

Educational activities associated with the Invitational will include a lecture on Taos master Walter Ufer (18876-1936) by Dr. Dean A. Porter, director emeritus of the Snite Museum of Art at Notre Dame.

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rev. 11/26/10

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