Harold T. Holden

Harold T. Holden—or “H,” as he is known to most folks—has been capturing the West in sculptures and paintings for nearly forty years. Although his work can be found in the Oklahoma State Capitol and on a U.S. postage stamp, his public sculptures have kept him busy, with twenty monuments completed in the past twenty years.

Holden’s work is found in museums and collections around the world. He has participated in the Autry Museum’s Masters of the American West, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition and Sale, the Cheyenne Frontier Days Western Art Show and Sale, and the Gilcrease Museum’s Rendezvous in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Since undergoing a single lung transplant in July of 2010, he has resumed work on his current projects, including a larger-than-life sculpture of U.S. Deputy Marshal Bass Reeves for Ft. Smith, Arkansas. In 2010 the Oklahoma Heritage Association in Oklahoma City featured a one-man retrospective of his work and he received the American Cowboy Culture Award in Art from the National Cowboy Symposium, Lubbock, Texas. He has also had one-man shows at the Oklahoma State University Foundation in January 2008 and the Museum of Western Colorado in Grand Junction in May of 2007. He is a Professional Member of the National Sculpture Society and was recognized with a Distinguished Alumni Award by Oklahoma State University in 2005. He was inducted into the Cowboy Artists of America in 2012.

In April 2017, Holden was inducted into the Hall of Great Westerners at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. He was the first Oklahoma artist and only the tenth artist to be inducted since the inception of the award in 1955. In 2014 he was inducted, along with Blake Shelton, Wanda Jackson, and Alfre Woodard, into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, the highest award the state of Oklahoma can bestow on one of its citizens.

Holden lives on a small ranch near Kremlin, Oklahoma, with his wife, Edna Mae, where they raise American Quarter Horses and Texas Longhorns.

Harold T. Holden is represented by Michael Henington Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico; and Wilcox Gallery, Jackson, Wyoming. His work can be seen at his own gallery, Holden Art & Law, in downtown Enid.

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