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 -
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 -
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.
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.