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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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First Friday FREE

July 7th, 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.

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Artful Insight - 
American Impressionists

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.

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Artful Insight -
Ernest Blumenschein

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.

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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!

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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.

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