2017 Featured Artist Announced

Dinah K. Worman
Dinah K. Worman
Taos, NM
  2017 Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale Annouces Dinah Worman as Featured Artist

DENVER, CO. Dinah Worman has been named the 2017 Featured Artist of the 24th Annual Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale. Dinah’s painting Community will be the signature work for the 2017 Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale, and thereafter will reside in the National Western’s permanent collection. Community will also be available for sale as a poster, and can be purchased at the 2017 Coors Show or online.

The Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale opens Tuesday evening, January 3, 2017, with the Red Carpet Gala Reception. The Exhibit features 66 contemporary realists from North America and Europe who capture the Western way of life.

Featured Artist Dinah Worman, a painter and printmaker, has been in the Coors Western Art Show since 2011. In prior shows, Ms. Worman received the Best in Show Award and the Southwest Art Award. Her oil painting “Community” depicts Ms. Worman’s signature style of “stacked landscapes,” where she often treats the landscape like a still life for compositional elements rather than the beauty of individual objects.

New artists to the 2017 Coors Western Art Show are Alicia Bailey, Michael Blessing, Tanya Bone, Kevin Box, Lois Conner, Stephanie Hartshorn, Linda Lillegraven, Scott Parker, Pati Stajcar, Debbie Stevens, and Rob Watt. Also look for 15 exciting emerging artists at the Young Guns Reception on Monday, January 2, 2017 – an event designed for up-and-coming art collectors ages 40 and under. The Young Guns artists will be on display in the Gallery at the National Western Club during the Stock Show. Artwork in both shows can be previewed here.

The 2017 Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale is in its 24th year. Last year over 1000 people attended the Red Carpet Gala Reception on opening night, and over 29,000 viewed the exhibit during the National Western Stock Show. The 2016 Coors Western Art Show raised $1.1 million in ticket and art sales, with net proceeds going to the National Western Scholarship Trust, which provides financial support to 80-plus college students studying medicine, agriculture, and veterinary medicine.

   

 Worman Community Featured

Community
Oil on Canvas
2017 Featured Art
National Western Permanent Collection


2016 Award Winning Artists Announced

The 23rd Annual Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale announces the winners of several significant awards given among the 63 artists exhibiting in the Show, which opened during its signature Red Carpet Reception on Tuesday, January 5, 2016, at the National Western Stock Show. Over 1000 attended the sold-out event, which supports the National Western Scholarship Trust.

The winners of the 2016 Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale include the following:
• Best of Show: Teresa Elliott, Brahman Cow, Oil on Linen
• Artist’s Choice: David Grossmann, Oil painter
• Southwest Art Award: David Grossmann, Oil painter
• Fine Art Connoisseur Coors Western Art Award of Recognition: Steve Kestrell, sculptor
• Fine Art Connoisseur Young Guns Award of Recognition: Maeve Eichelberger, mixed media & photographer

The 2016 Featured Artist is Don Coen, whose oil stick painting, The Hush of Evening Snow, was added to the National Western Stock Show’s Permanent Collection. The Coors Western Art Show exhibits the works of some of the finest contemporary artists from North America and Europe who capture the “Western Spirit.” We invite the public to come to the National Western Stock Show until January 24th to view the exhibit and purchase art, with net proceeds going to the National Western Scholarship Trust.

Giving over $300,000 in 2015 to the National Western Scholarship Trust, the Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale’s contribution annually provides financial support to more than 70 college students studying agribusiness, veterinary science and rural family medicine.


BrahmanCow big

Teresa Elliott
Brahman Cow
Oil
40"x30"

Descending Moon and Reaching Trees 30x50 inches Oil on Linen Panel big

David Grossmann
Descending Moon and Reaching Trees
Oil
30"x50"

Kestrel Dream of Little Dipper

Steve Kestrel
Dream of Little Dipper / Big Fish
Bronze
22"x15"x19"

A-Horse-Story-35x52

Maeve Eichelberger
A Horse Story
UV Ink on Plexiglass
50"x35"x4"


2016 Featured Artist Announced

Don Coen
Don Coen
Boulder, CO
  2016 Coors Western Art Show Chooses Painter Don Coen as Featured Artist

Dr. Lewis Sharp, former director the Denver Art Museum wrote of Don Coen: The common denominator in the lives of artists is their overpowering urge to create. This impulse exists before there is knowledge of the making of art or a choice of a medium: It is a human impulse blind to all internal and external factors.

Don was born in 1935 on a 640 acre rural farm in the southeastern corner of Colorado, near the town of Lamar that his family, along with his uncle’s family, work with four mules and a single-bottom plow. While life on the farm was demanding, it was also nurturing. They did not have indoor plumbing or electricity until Don was 15. While the making of art was foreign to farm life both of Don’s parents quietly encouraged his preoccupation to draw. “It was such a different existence for me,” he said. “I started drawing when I was, I think, four. I’d sit at the dining room table with a kerosene lamp and draw.”

At the University of Denver, Don received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Advertising Design and later, at the University of Northern Colorado, a Master’s in Ceramics and Fine Arts. In his new environment, he was encouraged to look beyond the romantic images of the American West and to focus on contemporary subjects. Shortly, he stepped into the world of abstract art; the experiment was profound and changed his work forever. Though he would return to representational painting, from this point forward, his paintings were conceived in broad patterns of color, abstract in value, giving his mature work a new artistic value. Don explained, “There is no way I could do the paintings I do today if I had not spent twelve years painting what most people call non-objective paintings. I learned to think only in terms of color, shape, form, texture and pattern. Once I switched to more realistic work, this gave me the freedom to work up close on areas and never consider the subject.”

Don considers his work ‘photo-impressionistic’ and works primarily in oil stick, airbrush, and twig and ink. Don’s work is in numerous museum collections including the Denver Art Museum; Whitney Western Art Museum, Buffalo Bill Center of the West, WY; Phoenix Art Museum; Oklahoma Art Center, Oklahoma City; Sangre de Cristo Art and Conference Center, Pueblo.

Don's painting The Hush of Evening Snow will be the signature work for the 2016 Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale, and thereafter, will reside in the National Western’s permanent collection. The Hush of Evening Snow will also be available for sale as a poster, and can be purchased at the 2016 Coors Western Art Show during the National Western Stock Show or online.

   

 Coen Hush of Evening Snow-sm

The Hush of Evening Snow 
Oil Stick
41"x61"
2016 Featured Art
National Western Permanent Collection

 


2015 Mary Belle Grant Award Winner

Kent-rides-mastadon
  Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale artist Kent Ullberg is the winner of the 2015 Mary Belle Grant Award.

Selected for his generous contributions as a bronze sculpture artist to the art community of Colorado and for his tremendous support of the Coors Western Art Show, Ullberg was one of the first artists to work with what was then a tiny metal shop which turned into internationally renowned Art Castings in Loveland foundry. He will be honored in a ceremony on October 22, 2014, at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science (DMNS), where his newest sculpture of a life-sized mastodon will be unveiled. 


The DMNS is underwriting this event in honor of Ullberg and the Museum’s long-time relationship with Coors Western Art Show and its parent organization, the National Western Stock Show. Ullberg, who initially came to the United States in the early 1970s to oversee the creation of the Botswana rooms of the Museum, considers this mastodon a great honor and a kind of “coming full-circle” in his career. A native of Sweden, Kent Ullberg is recognized as one of world's foremost wildlife sculptors.

Kent Ullberg is the 15th Mary Belle Grant Award winner in the Coors Western Art Show’s history. Mary Belle Grant was one of the creators and early visionaries of the Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale. She served on the advisory committee since its inception and every year had been a patron and passionate friend of the arts in the Denver community. Beginning in 2000, the Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale created this award in her memory to honor an individual who embodies the spirit of the western way of life and symbolizes the passion of the West through art.

Rocky Mountain PBS will feature Kent Ullberg and his 19-foot tall, 5,000 pound bronze sculpture called “The Snowmastodon” on Arts District on October 23, 2014, at 7:30pm MT. This bronze monument was created with the help of a team of scientists to celebrate the discovery of the mastodon fossil in Snowmass Village in 2010. This mastodon sculpture will be unveiled on October 23, at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

     

 

2015 Featured Artist Announced


Teresa Elliott
Alpine, TX
  2015 Coors Western Art Show Chooses Painter Teresa Elliott as Featured Artist

Painter Teresa Elliott has been named the 2015 featured artist of the 22nd Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale. For the last five out the seven years, paintings by Elliott were chosen People’s Choice Winner, voted by the attendees over the 15-day Coors Western Art Show, which is part of the National Western Stock Show in Denver, CO. The Coors Western Art Show, which opens January 6, 2015, with the Red Carpet Gala event, features 65 artists and raises scholarships for the National Western Scholarship Trust. The show represents artists from North America and Europe who capture the “Western Spirit.”

Teresa’s highly detailed oils blend pure beauty with classical poses and designs that harken back to 17th century portraiture, with one key difference: the majority of her subjects are cattle. Teresa’s painting “High Noon” will be the signature work for the 2015 Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale, and thereafter, will reside in the National Western’s permanent collection. “High Noon” will also be available for sale as a poster, and can be purchased at the 2015 Coors Western Art Show or online.

Primarily self-taught, Elliott, who worked for a short time after collage as a police sketch artist, is highly sought after for her dramatic depictions of Texas longhorns, as well as her stunning figurative work. She has paintings in numerous private and corporate collections across the United States, Canada, and Australia. She has been selected to exhibit in many invitational museum shows nationwide. Elliott has won countless awards and has been part of the Coors Western Art Show for five years.

The 2015 Coors Western Art Show is in its 22rd year. Last year 900 people attended the Red Carpet Reception on opening night and over 31,000 attended the show during the National Western Stock Show. The 2014 Coors Western Art Show raised $1.14 million in ticket and art sales, with net proceeds going to the National Western Scholarship Trust, which provides financial support 70+ college students studying agribusiness and rural family medicine.


   

Elliott High-Noon

High Noon
Oil on Canvas
36"x40"
2015 Featured Art
National Western Permanent Collection

 

WAA Coors Collectors eye web

WESTERN ART & ARCHITECTURE features Coors Show patrons Kathy and Brad Coors 

COLLECTOR'S EYE
December 2013/January 2014

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2014 COORS WESTERN ART EXHIBIT & SALE EVENT LINE UP ANNOUNCED
Open to the Public, Art Show gave quarter of a million to scholarships last year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Krista Hanley, 720-243-2698
October 23, 2013

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2014 Featured Artist Announced


Quang Ho
Denver, CO
The Coors Art Advisory Committee is pleased to announce the selection of Quang Ho as the 2014 featured artist. As featured artist, a painting by Mr. Ho will be selected in September, and this work will be purchased for the National Western’s Permanent Collection. The image of this work of art will be the signature piece for all promotional materials and on our website, and will be reproduced as a fine art poster to be sold during the show, January 11-26, 2014.

Mr. Ho has shown in the Coors Art Exhibit the past three years and, over that time, has consistently brought a fresh voice and new vision to the exhibit, by marrying traditional subject matter, such as horses and landscape, with more modern and abstracted painting techniques. “I think Quang offers a terrific counter-point to the question: What is Western Art?” said curator Rose Fredrick. “His work is always about so much more than subject and story-telling; it is impactful and at times challenging. He is, in my opinion, one of many artists working today in the West who have helped establish our region as one where important, thoughtful work is being created.”

Mr. Ho was born and raised in Vietnam. When he was 12, he and his family escaped just days before the country fell to the Vietcong, in 1975, first arriving in Korea, then immigrating to the United States. Mr. Ho studied at the Colorado Art Institute, and spent many years working as an illustrator before switching over to fine art. He teaches at the Art Students League of Denver, and occasionally offers workshops in other states. He has received numerous awards of excellence and his paintings are part of major private and public collections. Mr. Ho enjoys playing golf, and reading about philosophy and region.

   



Coral
Oil
36"x36"

Representative painting
not available for
2014 show



Dark Horse
Oil
24"x36"

Representative painting
not available for
2014 show



Horse Group, TCross
Oil
24"x24"

Representative painting
not available for
2014 show