Special Programs

The American Museum of Western Art hosts Special Programs throughout the year designed to educate and entertain our guests. Please view our current selection of Special Programs below.

Artful Insight - 
George de Forest Brush

May 1st, 2017

During this Artful Insight, Join us for this Artful Insight where we discuss George de Forest Brush’s romantic imagery and approach toward subjects. As he said himself, “in choosing Indians as subjects for art, I do not paint from the historians or the antiquary’s point of view… I am interested in those habits and deeds in which we have feelings in common.” Come explore the highly academic style of painting that Brush applied to the two paintings on display here at the Museum. 


Drawing in the Galleries

May 3rd, 2017

Every Masterpiece starts somewhere! Join our new drawing workshops led by local artist, Mitch Caster, and held in the museum galleries monthly. Spark your imagination and creativity with these workshops that are open to everyone, no matter your artistic ability. Come draw with us next to American Masters! This is one workshop offered within a series of three. Check the calendar for more available dates if interested. Feel free to bring your own drawing materials or use ours, but please note that pencil is the sole medium being used at these workshops.


Artist Talk -
Kim Wiggins

May 10th, 2017

Join us in welcoming Kim Wiggins for an Artist Talk, discussing his life as an artist, his major influences, and his artwork hanging on our gallery walls! During the 1980’s Wiggins deliberately leapt from Impressionism to the Modernist style he is known for today. Wiggins’s interests and subject matter are diverse with a heavy influence from Modernism, Expressionism, American Scene, and Hispanic Folk Art. They range from Symbolism to dynamic cityscapes of New York to complex battle scenes of the historic Old West. 


Artful Insight -
William Jacob Hays

May 15th, 2017

Join us for a discussion on William Jacob Hays, who traveled west in the early 1860s and captured the dramatic vistas and striking wildlife that would soon disappear. Hays was fascinated most by buffalo, also known as bison. With this fascination he studied these animals closely and spoke about them in the most beautiful way, stating “as far as the eye can reach, wild herds are discernable and yet, farther behind these bluffs, over which they pour, the throngs begins, covering sometimes the distance of a hundred miles.” 


Writing the West –
The Modern Brushstroke

May 17th, 2017

This program is one in a series of writing sessions offered monthly, with different topics and ideas to explore each time. Anyone who joins us and puts pen to paper has the option to submit a piece of writing to Lighthouse's project: Write Denver, which includes a Reading and Installation taking place in July at the Museum. We hope the writers that attend (both experienced and novice) will be inspired by the American West presented in the Collection.


First Friday FREE

June 2nd, 2017

The Museum is now open on Fridays! The first Friday of each month this summer we are offering All-Day Self-Guided tours FREE of charge! Come on down to the museum to explore fine art and western history anytime between 10:00am and 4:30pm.


Artful Insight - 
William de Leftwich Dodge

June 5th, 2017

Did you know that one of the largest canvases here at the museum was painted by a 19 year-old? Come explore the amazing life and artwork of William de Leftwich Dodge in the upcoming Artful Insight. Educated and living in Europe at a very young age, Dodge attended prominent art schools and gained international recognition for his early paintings, one of which is on view here at the museum. Join us in discovering even more about William de Leftwich Dodge.


Framing AMWA: Special tour with expert framer, Joan Loughridge

June 14th, 2017

Have you ever looked at a painting and been captured by the beauty and craftsmanship that frames the image itself? If so, explore the Collection through the frames displayed at AMWA. Expert framer Joan Loughridge will be leading her second tour and discussion on period frame restoration and replica frame construction. With her vast knowledge and expertise on the subject, guests will learn how many of the frames here at AMWA were restored, repaired, and matched with the paintings they protect.


Artful Insight - 
Joseph Henry Sharp

June 19th, 2017

Joseph Henry Sharp, known as the “father of the Taos Society of Artists,” was an illustrator, painter and teacher. After making his first trip to Taos, New Mexico in 1893, Sharp was inspired by the Native people who were living there.  Known for his realistic portrayal of Native Americans, his paintings display a respect and sympathy for a culture that he felt was swiftly changing.  During this Artful Insight, we will discuss the four paintings by Sharp that are currently on display. 


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