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Home People & Lifestyle Western Art Western Art Sale Raises $3.8 Million for Autry National Center in Los Angeles

Western Art Sale Raises $3.8 Million for Autry National Center in Los Angeles

13th annual Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale open to the public through Sunday, March 7, 2010

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One of the nation's most important Western art shows, the Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles, brought in more than $3 million for the museum on opening night Feb. 6, 2010.

Overall fundraising totaled $3.8 million for the 13th annual Western art event. The art-only gross sales were just over $3 million. Artwork continues to be available for sale through the run of the exhibition, which ends March 7, 2010.

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"Sales for opening night were wonderful considering the current economy, and we have had numerous additional sales since the opening. We are especially pleased with the new artists joining us this year," said John Geraghty, Autry trustee and special advisor to Masters.

Awards were given in several categories, including two Autry purchase awards. The first was presented to George Carlson for his painting In the Shadow of the Sun, going for $52,000, while the other went to Kenneth Bunn for his bronze Rimrock Cougar, for $18,000.

Both works will be added into Autry National Center's permanent collection.

Carlson also was presented with the Booth Western Art Museum Artists' Choice Award for his painting.

The evening's Patrons' Choice Award was awarded to Morgan Weistling's Country Schoolhouse, 1879, which sold for $152,000.

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Among the 75 participating artists were five whose works are highly sought after: Z. S. Liang, Mian Situ, Tucker Smith, Howard Terpning, and Morgan Weistling.

One work by each of these artists was selected for the sealed silent-bid process. Patrons wishing to purchase one or more of these works sealed their silent bids in envelopes, from among which the highest bidder for each work was selected, raising just over $1.5 million. These works and their winning bid amounts (in alphabetical order) were:

  • - Z. S. Liang, First-Born Son, Montana Territory, 1859 - $100,000
  • - Mian Situ, The Intruder, Angel's Camp, California, 1849 - $200,000
  • - Tucker Smith, Gardner's Hole - $80,155
  • - Howard Terpning, The Sound of a Distant Bugle - $1,050,000
  • - Morgan Weistling, Country Schoolhouse, 1879 - $152,001

"We are extremely pleased with the dedication of the artists and the ever increasing quality of the works presented at this year's Masters," added Geraghty.

A summary of the night's awards includes:

The Masters Of The American West Purchase Award went to George Carlson, In the Shadow of the Sun. The award is given in recognition of the work acquired by the Autry National Center for its permanent collection.

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The James R. Parks Trustees' Purchase Award went to Kenneth Bunn, Rimrock Cougar. The award is given in recognition of the work designated for purchase by the Autry National Center Board of Trustees.

The Thomas Moran Memorial Award For Painting went to Howard Terpning, The Sound of a Distant Bugle. The award is given in recognition of exceptional artistic merit.

The Kenneth T. And Eileen L. Norris Foundation Award For Sculpture went to John Coleman, The Game of Arrows. The award is given in recognition of exceptional artistic merit.

The Booth Western Art Museum Artists' Choice Award was presented to George Carlson, In the Shadow of the Sun. The award is given in recognition of the work most popular with artists participating in the exhibition and sale.

The David P. Usher Patrons' Choice Award went to Morgan Weistling, Country Schoolhouse, 1879. The award is given in recognition of the work most popular with patrons of the exhibition and sale.

The Autry National Center Award For Watercolor was presented to John Fawcett, To the Council. The award is given in recognition of exceptional artistic merit.

The Bob Kuhn Wildlife Award, Sponsored By Carl And Rosella Thorne went to Tucker Smith, Gardner's Hole. The award is given in recognition of exceptional artistic merit.

The Sue And Judson Ball Spirit Of The West Award was presented to Bill Anton, Racing the Weather . The award is given in recognition of the most outstanding work in cowboy subject matter.

The Gene Autry Memorial Award, Sponsored By Jay H. Grodin went to Mian Situ. The award is given in recognition of the most outstanding presentation of three or more works.

The John J. Geraghty Award was presented to Joanne Hale. The honor was established by the Autry National Center Board of Trustees to recognize an individual for his or her advancement of contemporary Western art.

Opening-day events attracted more than 750 art collectors (up from 2009's 700 art attendees) and patrons from across the country who had the opportunity to meet and mingle throughout the weekend with the 75 participating artists.

A chuck wagon lunch, artist presentations and panel discussions, and the awards ceremony took place during the day on Saturday, Feb. 6, culminating in a festive evening reception and the opening of the exhibition and sale of the 279 works of art.

The Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale is open to the public through Sunday, March 7, 2010, during regular museum hours: Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Learn more about the Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale by visiting
www.TheAutry.org/masters.

The Autry National Center is an intercultural history center dedicated to exploring and sharing the stories, experiences, and perceptions of the diverse peoples of the American West.

Located in Griffith Park in Los Angeles, the Autry includes the collections of the Museum of the American West, Southwest Museum of the American Indian, and the Autry Institute's two research libraries: the Braun Research Library and the Autry Library.

Museum admission is $9 for adults, $5 for students and seniors 60+, $3 for children 3-12, and free for Autry members, veterans, and children 2 and under. Admission is free on the second Tuesday of every month.

For more information about the center visit the Web site at
www.theautry.org


 
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