Autry National Center

Logan Maxwell Hagege, Mesa Drifters, oil on linen, 30 x 50 in.

The Autry Presents the 17th Annual Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale

Annual exhibition and fundraiser celebrates America’s finest Western art and artists

Saturday, February 1, through Sunday, March 16, 2014

Los Angeles, CA (November 19, 2013) — The country’s premier Western art show, the Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale celebrates its 17th anniversary at the Autry National Center of the American West with opening-day activities on Saturday, February 1, 2014. This prestigious exhibition challenges nationally recognized artists such as Howard Terpning, Mian Situ, George Carlson, Bill Anton, Tucker Smith, Z. S. Liang, Robert Griffing, Morgan Weistling, Tammy Garcia, and others to exhibit their very best work. The juried exhibition and sale features 82 artists, including established Masters artists and emerging talent. Proceeds from Masters support the Autry’s dynamic educational programs, ongoing collections conservation, and much more. 
 
“Each year our Masters artists challenge themselves to show their very best work in both painting and sculpture at this prestigious event,” said John Geraghty, Autry Trustee and Special Advisor to Masters. “Masters of the American West provides the opportunity for these artists to showcase their work alongside the nation’s highest level of contemporary artists working in representational art. The Autry is honored to have the unique opportunity to present this exhibition and sale."
 
New artists joining Masters this year include Jeremy Lipking and Dustin Van Wechel. Six guest artists will also be welcomed this year: John Budicin, John Cosby, Lori Forest, Lynn Gertenbach, Conchita O’Kane, and Brittany Weistling. These emerging Western artists will contribute works to the popular Miniatures wall. “This opportunity allows these talented individuals to exhibit their paintings with today’s foremost artists and to be introduced to art enthusiasts, established collectors, and major gallery representatives, with the potential of becoming part of the Masters family,” said Geraghty. “Recent high school graduate Brittany Weistling is an amazing talent,” he added, describing the daughter of Masters artists Morgan Weistling and Joann Peralta.
 
The exhibition opens on Saturday, February 1, and will be on view from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The opening-day program will feature artist talks and a chuck wagon luncheon with an artist awards presentation. The event continues into the evening with a cocktail reception and fine art sale, where patrons and artists join in festivities and approximately 275 works are sold by a drawing. 
 
Entrance to the Masters exhibition is included with museum admission; however, tickets are required for the special opening-day events. The museum will close at 4:00 p.m. to prepare for the ticketed evening cocktail reception and sale, which begins at 5:30 p.m. All of the artwork in the show will remain on exhibit through Sunday, March 17, 2013. Tickets for opening-weekend activities will be available at TheAutry.org/masters.
 
In addition, for the first time at Masters, four pieces from the exhibition will be sold by live auction at a special artists’ dinner on Friday, January 31, for Patron-level sponsors and above. Attendees can bid on works by Howard Terpning, Mian Situ, Z. S. Liang, and Kyle Polzin. For information about sponsorship opportunities, call Janet Reilly, Director of Special Events, at 323.495.4317.
 
To learn more about the Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale, visit TheAutry.org/masters.

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About the Autry National Center of the American West

The Autry is a museum dedicated to exploring and sharing the stories, experiences, and perceptions of the diverse peoples of the American West, connecting the past to the present to inspire our shared future. The museum presents a wide range of exhibitions and public programs—including lectures, film, theater, festivals, family events, and music—and performs scholarship, research, and educational outreach. The Autry’s collection of more than 500,000 pieces of art and artifacts includes the Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection, one of the largest and most significant in the United States.

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