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.
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.
Artful Insight -
July 10th, 2017
Drawing from the influence of European Impressionism, many American artists applied this modern style of painting, characterized by loose brushwork and vivid colors, to the American landscape. During this Artful Insight, we’ll discuss and compare four major artists of the American Impressionist movement: John Twachtman, Childe Hassam, John F. Carlson, and Edward Henry Potthast. We’ll discover how these artists achieved their unique effects by examining their Western landscapes in the Museum’s Collection.
Artful Insight -
July 17th, 2017
Ernest Blumenschein has been long respected as one of the founding fathers of the Taos Society of Artists, and one of the most expressive, intelligent, and enthusiastic spokesmen for the group. During this Artful Insight, four of his paintings will be studied and discussed, and we think you’ll find that Blumenschein’s experiences in the Southwest greatly influenced his style of painting, especially as he became aware of modern art movements that were changing the art world.
Writing the West –
Reading and Installation
July 19th, 2017
AMWA partners with the Lighthouse Writers Workshop in offering monthly writing sessions in the museum galleries! Join us for a very special reading where guests will hear from the authors who have been inspired by the colorful history and paintings of the West. The program will include poetry and short story readings, and a chance to talk with the authors about how the paintings sparked their memories and creativity. Attendees of the program will receive a book of the writings produced and read in the 2016/2017 Writing the West sessions, so come and get yours!
Puzzlin’ Art SPARK! Alzheimer’s Association Program
July 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.