Step Back into the American West,
Where Art and History Come Together.

It is the mission of the American Museum of Western Art to promote the public’s understanding and appreciation of art depicting the American West from the early 1800s through the present day. The art presented is intended to give the public a better understanding and appreciation of the character, history, and beauty of the American West and the peoples, individuals, and ideas that transformed it over time.

The Anschutz Collection offers guided and self-guided tours of the museum on Mondays and Wednesdays and tickets must be purchased in advance. In addition to guided and self-guided tours, The Anschutz Collection accommodates school tours and group tours on Tuesdays and Thursdays, which can be arranged using the forms provided in Visitor Information.

The Anschutz Collection offers educational programs including our monthly special topic conversations, Artful Insights. Please see our upcoming programs listing below or visit our Tickets page for more information.


Join Our Special Programs

The American Museum of Western Art strives to create educational and entertaining programs for our visitors throughout the year. Our Special Programs are designed to engage visitors in conversation, explore specific works and artists found in the collection, and cultivate the inspiration found all around us in the galleries. We invite you to browse our upcoming programs and join us in our adventures through the American West through art.

Drawing in the Galleries

March 1st, 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.

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Artful Insight -
Georgia O’Keeffe

March 6th, 2017

In recognition of Women’s History Month, this Artful Insight will focus on Georgia O’Keeffe. Known for bringing her unique brand of modernism to the West, O’Keeffe was fascinated with the New Mexico landscape as seen with statements like, “…A flower touches everyone’s heart, but a red hill does not touch everyone’s heart the way it touches mine…” Join us to learn more about O’Keeffe’s artistic process and life work.

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Western Women

March 8th, 2017

What does it take to be a Western Woman? We might not see many women within the galleries, but that does not mean women never ventured west or were not making art out west. Come explore the women of the West in honor of Women’s History Month, with a staff member that will highlight important western women including the first woman that traveled west, the partner of a prominent western artist, and an important female historical figure, among many more.

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Writing the West -
Western Women

March 15th, 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.

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Artful Insight - 
Grace Carpenter Hudson

March 20th, 2017

Grace Carpenter Hudson, one of the only four female artists in the collection, spent the majority of her life among the Pomo Indian tribe in Northern California. Having grown up amongst their culture, Hudson related to her subject and painted insightful and sensitive portraits of children and adults. Come to the upcoming Artful Insight to learn more of this amazing artist and woman.

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Artful Insight - 
Bert Geer Phillips

April 3rd, 2017

Join us for an Artful Insight on Bert Geer Phillips. Phillips was so fascinated with the landscape and people of Taos, New Mexico that he chose to stay as his travel companion Ernest L. Blumenschein returned to New York. Phillips wrote to his friend and fellow artist, “for heaven’s sake tell people what we have found! Send some artists out here. There is a lifetime’s work for twenty men.”

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Drawing in the Galleries

April 5th, 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.

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Colorado History through Song

April 12th, 2017

Come join the Museum and Swallow Hill Musicians in a fun-filled afternoon of music and history! We will be exploring Colorado History through song as guests are welcomed into the gallery for an engaging and educational musical program.

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Artful Insight - 
Charles Schreyvogel

April 17th, 2017

During this Artful Insight, we will discuss Interpreter of the West, Charles Schreyvogel.  Although his name may be unfamiliar to most, his action-packed paintings of the United States Cavalry are probably not. Schreyvogel dedicated his relatively short career to accurately and sensitively depicting the military that defended the western frontier in the years following the Civil War.

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Writing the West –
Western Tools

April 19th, 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.

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SPARK! Alzheimer’s Association Program

April 20th, 2017

In partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association Colorado Chapter, the American Museum of Western Art offers through the SPARK program an opportunity for individuals with mild memory loss and their care partners to enjoy art and artifacts in a guided, comfortable setting that is both welcoming and stimulating.

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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. 

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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.

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Artist Talk -
Kim Wiggins

May 10th, 2017

Join the American Museum of Western Art 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. 

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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.” 

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Writing the West –
The Modern Brushstroke

March 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.

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