Press Release: November 30, 2015

The Autry Presents Its 19th Annual Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale®

Annual Exhibition and Fundraiser Celebrates Premier Western Art and Artists

Saturday, February 6, through Sunday, March 20, 2016

Los Angeles, CA (November 30, 2015)—Featuring more than 75 premier Western artists, the Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale opens Saturday, February 6, 2016, at the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles. This prestigious exhibition and sale showcases paintings and sculptures by nationally recognized artists such as Bill Anton, George Carlson, Tammy Garcia, Robert Griffing, Z. S. Liang, Kyle Polzin, Mian Situ, Tucker Smith, Howard Terpning, and Morgan Weistling. Proceeds from Masters support the Autry’s dynamic educational programs, ongoing collections conservation, and much more.

Masters includes work by established artists and emerging talent. One new artist, John Bye, will join Masters this year. Five guest artists—John Budicin, Lori Forest, Conchita O’Kane, Cliff Scott, and Adam Smith—will contribute works to the popular Miniatures wall.

John J. Geraghty, a longtime Autry trustee and special advisor to Masters, passed away on May 27, 2015, following a battle with cancer. "Under John's guidance, Masters became one of the nation’s foremost Western art shows and one of the Autry’s most successful annual fundraisers," said W. Richard West, Jr., Autry's President and CEO. "This year's event will be dedicated to John's life and legacy—one that inspired countless artists, collectors, and visitors."

Masters opens Saturday, February 6, with a ticketed opening-day program that includes presentations by award-winning painters Logan Maxwell Hagege and George Carlson, and a chuck wagon luncheon with an awards presentation. The lively event continues into the evening with a cocktail reception and fine art sale, where patrons and artists join in festivities and approximately 275 fixed-price works are sold through a drawing.

Entrance to the Masters exhibition is included with museum admission; however, tickets are required for the opening-day events. The museum will close at 4:00 p.m. to prepare for the evening cocktail reception and sale, which begins at 5:30 p.m. To purchase opening-day tickets, visit TheAutry.org/Masters or call 323.495.4375. Pre-registration closes on Thursday, February 4, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. PST. Tickets may be purchased onsite at Registration Guest Services on Saturday, February 6, 2016, while supply lasts.

A special artists’ dinner will be held on Friday, February 5, for Silver-level sponsors and above. For information about sponsorship opportunities, call Janet Reilly, Director of Special Events, at 323.495.4317.

All of the artwork in the Masters show will remain on view through Sunday, March 20, 2016, during regular museum hours. For additional details, visit TheAutry.org/Masters.

About the Autry Museum of the American West

The Autry is 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, theatre, 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 of Native American materials in the United States.

Hours

Museum and Autry Store:

Tuesday–Friday, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Crossroads West Cafe:

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Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

The museum, store, and cafe are closed on Mondays except select holidays.

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