Artful Insights

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

Artful Insights are limited to a small number of visitors so each guest can have an intimate experience with the art and Museum guide.  Advance reservations are highly recommended, as programs often sell out.  Tickets are not refundable for sold-out events.

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.”


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.


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.


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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