Best of Show
Presented by Kathy and Brad Coors

A select group of prominent art professionals are convened each year to select the piece of art to receive this $2500 cash award. This award is graciously donated by Kathy and Brad Coors.

• 2017 Dan Chen "Spring"
• 2016 Teresa Elliott "Brahman Cow"
• 2015 Brent Greenwood "Native Sisters"
• 2014 Scott Fraser "Animal Farm"
• 2013 Dinah Worman "History of a Field"
• 2012 G Russell Case "Marvel of Ages"
• 2011 Don Stinson "Awakening at Buena Vista: A New Significance"
• 2010 Howard Post "The Neighbor’s Favorites"
• 2009 William E. Sharer "Cemetery at Grafton, Utah"
• 2008 Steve Kestrel "Rattle Me Naught"
• 2007 Gordon Brown "Steamboat Pastures"
• 2006 Len Chmiel "Barrel with Chuparosa"
• 2005 Steve Kestrel "Vantage Point"
       
 
2016 Best of Show
Brahman Cow
Teresa Elliott
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Medium: Oil





Teresa Elliott - Alpine, TX

I’ve always enjoyed conjuring my own realities in paint. Once the bones of a painting are in place the sweeping landscapes, epic bovines and calves are all there to entice me to capture them in situations that I would gladly trade places with. I paint them as I see them, living in the moment, casually exchanging a glance with a visitor who may pick up on the operatic atmosphere I strive for. My visual storytelling for the West is one I hope many will enjoy where this “Home On The Range” has skies that may be “cloudy all day.”

Teresa was the Coors Western Art Exhibit Featured Artist in 2015, and has shown eight years at the Coors Western Art Exhibit, resulting in five People’s Choice awards. Other honors include Chairman’s Choice from the Art Renewal Center’s International Salon; Best Of Show at the Briscoe Western Art Museum’s Night Of Artists; and Artist’s Choice at the 2008 Cowgirl Up! exhibit at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum.Read More »
 
2015 Best of Show
Native Sisters
Brent Greenwood
Greenwood Native Sisters
Medium: Acrylic





Brent Greenwood - Edmond, OK

Brent is a proud member of the Chickasaw and Ponca Nations of Oklahoma. As an award winning artist, he is primarily an acrylics and mixed media artist, Brent creates depth and emotion in his work through various layers of paint, washes, drips and splatters. He blends early tribal history and design elements with his subject matter in a contemporary fashion and breathes life back into those traditional facets through his paintings.

Brent graduated in 1994 with an AFA in 2-Dimensional Art from the Institute of American Indian Arts. This experience not only had an impact on his life, but it definitely transformed his art. IAIA created an exhilarating environment and encompassed Brent with other Indian artists, students and instructors alike, launching Brent's art career. Three years later he completed his BFA from Oklahoma City University.

Brent stays involved with happenings in and around the art scene. He is inspired from other artist's work and energy, but also gets much of his inspiration from his wife and two children, which are all also artists. Music also has a definite impact on his creative process and singing is a large part of his artistic expression. Brent takes pride in singing his Ponca songs at dances and in church and continues to share this spirit by singing with his children and the youth in the community.

Many Native artist have inspired Brent over the years. Some of those artists include: Jerome Tiger, T.C. Cannon, Alan Houser, Fritz Scholder, Kevin Red Star (living) and Bert Seaborn (living). Others include: abstract expressionist Mark Rothko, Robert Rauschenberg, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, and Pablo Picasso. Today, there are numerous artists that continue to influence his work.
 
2014 Best of Show
Animal Farm
Scott Fraser

Medium: Oil



Scott Fraser - Longmont, CO

I consider myself a realist painter, someone who works from direct observation. I gravitated to the still life genre many years ago because of the narrative possibilities it offered - since I am a very object oriented person. It is this narrative that allows me to express myself and defines who I am as a painter. Of equal importance to the overall composition is the surface quality of my work. It is the combination of these two elements that brings the viewer in, first from a distance, then forward for closer scrutiny. Many adjectives have been used to describe my work: quirky, intense, humorous, personal, surreal. Of these, personal  best defines what I am after. Often ideas come to me out of experiences I have lived and felt. Art history, nature, friends, family and former teachers - all these provide inspiration and material for my paintings. Anything is fair game as far as subject matter goes. Using a modern sensibility, my goal is to combine common place things in unexpected ways, creating the kind of art that lingers in the viewer's mind. Read More »
 
2013 Best of Show
History of a Field
Dinah K. Worman

Medium: Oil



Dinah K. Worman - Taos, NM

Education: Colorado State University.

Awards and Honors: Best of Show, 2013 Coors Western Art Exhibit; Master Pastelist; Pastel Society of America Award; Joseph V. Giffuni Memorial Award, Pastel Society of America; Hahnemuhle Paper Award, Pastel Society of America; Elected a full member of the Pastel Society of America; Dick Blick Award, Pastel Society of America. Museum Collection: The Harwood Museum of Art.

Publications: Art Journey: New Mexico and Best of Pastel II; Art Journey of America: Landscapes; Southwest Art; Taos News; The Artist Magazine; Pastel Journal. Read More »
 
2012 Best of Show
Marvel of Ages
G Russell Case

Medium: Oil



G Russell Case - Brigham City, UT

Education: Utah State University.

Awards and Honors: Edith Hamlin Award and Golden Thunderbird Best of Show, Maynard Dixon Country invitational; Best of Show, Phippen Museum, Desert News and Journal Show, Salt Lake, and Springville Museum, Provo, UT.

Selected Publications: Western Art and Architecture; Southwest Art. Read More »
 
2011 Best of Show
Awakening at Buena Vista: A New Significance
Don Stinson

Medium: Oil



Don Stinson - Evergreen, CO

Don Stinson works as an artist in Evergreen, Colorado. He is known for painting vistas that explore the physical and cultural landscapes of the West and is drawn to the emerging forms of 21st century energy and communication industries. Forms such as wind turbines and cell towers, as well as the 20th century ruins of abandoned gas station canopies and drive-in theatre screens.

He wrote on contemporary landscape painting for the Petrie Institute of Western American Art s Elevating Western American Art (2012) and for Sojourns Magazine (2013). His work appears in the permanent collections of the Phoenix Art Museum and the Denver Art Museum and may be seen at David B. Smith Gallery in Denver, Colorado, and the Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Read More »
 
2010 Best of Show
The Neighbor's Favorites
Howard Post

Medium: Oil



Howard Post - Queen Creek, AZ

Education: BFA, MFA, University of Arizona.

Awards and Honors: Prix de West Great American Cowboy Award; Quest for the West Victor Higgins Award of Distinction; Denver National Best of Show Award.

Collections: The Smithsonian; Tampa Art Museum; Eiteljorg; Denver Art Museum; Phoenix Art Museum; Whitney Museum at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center; National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museums. Read More »
 
2009 Best of Show
Cemetery at Grafton, Utah
William E. Sharer

 
2008 Best of Show
Rattle Me Naught
Steve Kestrel

Medium: Bronze



Steve Kestrel - Loveland, CO

Steve Kestrel grew up in southern New Mexico at the interface of the high desert and Sacramento mountains. This edge of the Chihuahuan Desert is a land of contrasts, in its ecosystems and corresponding flora and fauna. The bones of the land are there for all to see and read, if motivated and curious enough. With his family, he raised and trained quarter horses and worked cattle on ranches up through his college years. Kestrel now resides with his wife, Cindi, on a 43-acre wildlife preserve in Colorado’s Redstone Canyon.

Of his Colorado home and studio, Kestrel says:

"My studio in Redstone Canyon is a converted 3,400 sq. ft. barn (originally built in 1952 & added to in 1984) on which I have done very extensive remodeling. I now have it divided into working sections- stone carving room; welding & metal chasing room; mold & wax storage room; large 28’ x 40’ general work room; office, library / display room. Read More »
 
2007 Best of Show
Steamboat Pastures
Gordon Brown

Medium: Oil



Gordon Brown - Palisade, CO

Education: Self-taught, studied with Jack Kephardt, Shang Ding, Quang Ho. Awards and Honors: Best of Show, National Parks 75th Anniversary Exhibit.

Publications: Southwest Art; Western Art and Architecture; Santa Fean.

Exhibitions: Masterpieces of Colorado: A Rich Legacy of Landscape Painting traveling exhibition; Salon d Art, Denver Art Museum; Arts for the Parks; Reflections of Reverie, American Tonalist Painters; Colorado Invitational, Into the San Juans, Telluride Fine Art. Read More »
 
2006 Best of Show
Barrel with Chuparosa
Len Chmiel

Medium: Oil



Len Chmiel - Hotchkiss, CO

A successful painting must satisfy my intent to convey beauty, however obvious, subtle or ambiguous, while pushing the boundaries of realism instead of merely creating a facsimile in paint.

Education: Art Center College of Design, CA.

Awards and Honors: Artist Choice Awards, Autry Museum; Best of Show and Artists  Choice, Coors Western Art Exhibit; Best of Show and Artists Choice Awards, Maynard Dixon Country Show. Read More »
 
2005 Best of Show
Vantage Point
Steve Kestrel

Medium: Bronze



Steve Kestrel - Loveland, CO

Steve Kestrel grew up in southern New Mexico at the interface of the high desert and Sacramento mountains. This edge of the Chihuahuan Desert is a land of contrasts, in its ecosystems and corresponding flora and fauna. The bones of the land are there for all to see and read, if motivated and curious enough. With his family, he raised and trained quarter horses and worked cattle on ranches up through his college years. Kestrel now resides with his wife, Cindi, on a 43-acre wildlife preserve in Colorado’s Redstone Canyon.

Of his Colorado home and studio, Kestrel says:

"My studio in Redstone Canyon is a converted 3,400 sq. ft. barn (originally built in 1952 & added to in 1984) on which I have done very extensive remodeling. I now have it divided into working sections- stone carving room; welding & metal chasing room; mold & wax storage room; large 28’ x 40’ general work room; office, library / display room. Read More »