Press Release: November 28, 2016

The Autry Presents Its 20th Annual Masters of the American West Art Exhibition and Sale®

Annual Exhibition and Fundraiser Celebrates Premier Western Art and Artists
Saturday, February 11 Through Sunday, March 26, 2017

Los Angeles, CA (November 28, 2016)—Featuring 76 premier Western artists, the Masters of the American West Art Exhibition and Sale opens Saturday, February 11, 2017, 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, Curt Walters, 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. New and returning artists include Luke Frazier, Herb Mignery, John Moyers, Terri Kelly Moyers, Thomas Quinn, William Shepherd, and Curt Walters. All of the artwork in the Masters show will remain on view through Sunday, March 26, 2017, during regular museum hours.

Opening Day: Saturday, February 11

For the 2017 Masters, an early preview from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. is available to Masters sponsors, and Masters ticket holders who have an Autry membership at the Copper level or higher. The preview is followed by a ticketed opening-day program that includes "State of the Art" conversations with award-winning painters John Fawcett and Tammy Garcia, and a 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.

"The State of the Art conversations represent our effort to understand the experience of Masters from the artists' point of view. It is important for us to know what artists are thinking when creating work for museum exhibitions, and we want to ensure that Masters is a success for the artists, the Autry, and our audience," said Amy Scott, the Autry's Chief Curator and Marilyn B. and Calvin B. Gross Curator of Visual Arts.

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, call 323.495.4375 or visit TheAutry.org/Masters. Pre-registration closes on Thursday, February 9, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. PST. Tickets may be purchased onsite at Registration Guest Services on Saturday, February 11, 2017, while supply lasts.

A special artists’ dinner will be held on Friday, February 10, for Silver-level sponsors and above. For information about sponsorship opportunities, call Janet Reilly, Director of Special Events, at 323.495.4317. For additional details, visit TheAutry.org/Masters.

About the Autry Museum 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, 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 in the United States.

Museum admission is $14 for adults, $10 for students and seniors 60+, $6 for children ages 3–12, and free for Autry members, veterans, and children age 2 and under. Admission is free on the second Tuesday of every month.

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:
Tuesday–Friday, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

The museum, store, and cafe are closed on Mondays. Visit TheAutry.org for more information.