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Browse objects from the western American art collection in our online collection.
Since its inception, PIWAA has actively published significant contributions to the field of western American art, including award-winning exhibition catalogs. Western Passages, its signature scholarly series, includes essays on the art of the American West by curators and historians. A collection catalog, The American West in Art, provides an updated account of our growing collection with wide-ranging essays by Thomas Brent Smith, Jennifer R. Henneman, and Molly Medakovich.
West Point Points West, Vol. 1 of Western Passages (Denver Art Museum, 2002)
Sweet on the West: How Candy Built a Colorado Treasure, Vol. 2 of Western Passages (Denver Art Museum, 2003)
Redrawing Boundaries: Perspectives on Western American Art, Vol. 3 of Western Passages (Denver Art Museum, 2007)
Heart of the West: New Painting and Sculpture of the American West, Vol. 4 of Western Passages (Denver Art Museum, 2007)
Colorado: The Artist’s Muse, Vol. 5 of Western Passages (Denver Art Museum, 2008)
Peter H. Hassrick and Elizabeth J. Cunningham, In Contemporary Rhythm: The Art of Ernest L. Blumenschein (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2008)
Carol Clark, Charles Deas and 1840s America, Vol. 4 of The Charles M. Russell Center Series on Art and Photography of the American West (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2009)
Joan Carpenter Troccoli, ed., The Masterworks of Charles M. Russell: A Retrospective of Paintings and Sculpture, Vol. 6 of The Charles M. Russell Center Series on Art and Photography of the American West (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2009)
Charlie Russell and Friends, Vol. 6 of Western Passages (Denver Art Museum, 2010)
Shaping the West: American Sculptors of the 19th Century, Vol. 7 of Western Passages (Denver Art Museum, 2010)
Thomas Brent Smith, ed., Elevating Western American Art: Developing an Institute in the Cultural Capital of the Rockies, Vol. 8 of Western Passages (Denver Art Museum, 2012)
Thomas Brent Smith, ed., Rocky Mountain Majesty: The Paintings of Charles Partridge Adams (Denver Art Museum, 2013)
Decades: An Expanded Context for Western American Art, 1900–1940. Vol. 9 of Western Passages (Denver Art Museum, 2014)
Thomas Brent Smith and Thayer Tolles, eds., The American West in Bronze, 1850–1925 (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2013)
Thomas Brent Smith, ed., A Place in the Sun: The Southwest Paintings of Walter Ufer and E. Martin Hennings (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2016)
Mary-Dailey Desmarais and Thomas Brent Smith, eds., Once Upon a Time . . . The Western: A New Frontier in Art and Film (Denver: Denver Art Museum; Milan: Five Continents Editions, 2017)
Maggie Adler, Diana Greenwold, Jennifer R. Henneman, and Thomas Brent Smith, Homer Remington (Fort Worth: Amon Carter Museum of American Art; Denver: Denver Art Museum; Portland: Portland Museum of Art, Maine, 2020)
Thomas Brent Smith and Jennifer R. Henneman, eds. The American West in Art: Selections from the Denver Art Museum, Vol. 10 of Western Passages (Denver: Denver Art Museum; Milan: Five Continents Editions, 2020)
In 2007, former director of the institute Peter H. Hassrick initiated the Petrie Institute of Western American Art’s annual symposium. Each year, invited scholars of art and history present their thoughts and research on an array of topics related to the art of the West to enthusiastic audiences.
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Past symposia include:
2020: Natural Forces: Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington
2019: Familiar Images: Icons of International Frontiers
2018: Beyond America’s Heartland: Regionalism and the Art of the American West
2017: Set in the West: Telling Tales in Art and Film
2016: Walter Ufer and E. Martin Hennings: An In-Depth Look
2015: Western Character: Expressions of Identity and Place in Portraiture
2014: Journeys West
2013: Decades: An Expanded Context for Western American Art, 1900-1940
2012: Lest We Forget California: Artists in the Golden West
2011: A Distant View: European Perspectives on Western American Art
2010: Shaping the West: American Sculptors of the 19th Century
2009: Taos Traditions: Artists in an Enchanted Land
2008: Heart of the West: New Art/New Thinking
2007: Redrawing Boundaries: Perspectives on Western American Art
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The Martin Building Project
The gallery for this collection is closed during the Martin Building renovation project. Standing seven stories tall, the Martin Building will house collection galleries, a conservation laboratory, interactive classroom space, a family activity center, two restaurants, and the brand new Anna and John J. Sie Welcome Center.