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William E. Weiss Purchase Award Winners-Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale

A quick search for "Weiss" in our online collection returns some 800 instances in which the name is used. For us here at the Center of the West, we have just two words for the Weiss family: Thank you. Through their generosity, the collections here at the Center have benefited from exciting acquisitions. In 1960, William E. Weiss donated some 100 Charlie Russell illustrated letters, sketches, and drawings. William D. Weiss (one of the Center's current trustees) presented a gift of 16 works by Edward Borein--pen and ink, watercolor, and etchings. The William E. Weiss Memorial Fund provided monies for purchases in 1995 of colorful Yellowstone prints by John Beauchamp Jr. and William Wilke. "A significant group of bronzes" by Charlie Russell were gifted to the Center in 2005 by the William E. Weiss Foundation. Thanks to the Weiss family for their kind regard for the Center and their passion for western art, the Center has enjoyed the acquisition of some real treasures: Untitled Teton Valley Scene-John Mix Stanley, A Surround of Buffalo by Indians-Alfred Jacob Miller, The Lower Falls of the Yellowstone-W.R. Leigh, and The Buffalo Hunt-Frederic Remington. The list quite literally goes on and on! In this gallery, I've gathered the William E. Weiss Purchase Award Winners from the annual Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale sponsored by the Cody Country Chamber of Commerce and hosted by the Center of the West. This awarded artist's work becomes part of the Center's permanent collection. Not pictured are Gerald Balciar's Beaver Pond (1999), Charles Ringer's Indian Paintbrush (2013) and Taliesin West by Dean Mitchell (2014). Now for the good part: These works are on display at the Center in a new exhibit titled-appropriately-"Showstoppers." Take a look at these images, and you'll see why! Which one is your favorite?

A Buffalo Bill Center of the West Virtual Exhibit
Curated by: Marg2309


Sign of Spring
Balkanski, Nicolo | Painting...
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Exhibit notes: 2012

Museum record: 9.12 | canvas height: 20 in, canvas width: 30 in, Frame height: 27.75 in, Frame width: 36.75 in | Sign of Spring | William E. Weiss Purchase Award - 2012 Buffalo Bill Art Show | handprinted on reverse: "Sign of Spring" / #194062 3937 484 / by / Nikolo Balkanski | heavy ridges of gouache undercoat throughout. Scattered hairs/dust in lower painting | LL: (cc) / N. Balkanski | 9.12.jpg | barn | Fox | Painting | oil on canvas | Balkanski, Nicolo

Granuja
Beardsley, Duke | Painting |...
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Exhibit notes: 2011

Museum record: 12.11 | 2011 | sight height: 40 in, sight width: 40 in, Frame height: 42 in, Frame width: 42 in | Granuja | William E. Weiss Purchase Award - 2011 Buffalo Bill Art Show | side view of upper portion of horse and rider with lariat. .25" offset space between frame and painting. | 12.11.jpg | horse | Cowboy | Painting | mixed media | Beardsley, Duke

Emerging Spring -...
Vance, Karen | Painting | oi...
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Exhibit notes: 2009

Museum record: 61.09 | 2009 | H: 25.5 in, width: 23.25 in, Frame height: 33.5 in, Frame width: 31.75 in, frame depth: 2.5 in | Emerging Spring - Where the Colorado River Begins | William E. Weiss Purchase Award - 2009 Buffalo Bill Art Show | reverse: UR | reverse: UR | 61.09.jpg | Colorado River | river | trees | Landscape | mountain | Painting | oil on canvas | Karen Vance (b. 1951) Emerging Spring– Where the Colorado River Begins 2009, oil on canvas William E. Weiss Purchase Award–2009 Buffalo Bill Art Show Vance captures late afternoon sunlight in a scene of trees and mountains. According to the artist, “…the Never Summer Peaks and Kawuneeche Valley gave me the perfect vehicle for the intricate gradations of visual elements. All is done in an effort to describe the subtle grandeur of the changing seasons.” 61.09 | Vance, Karen

Corriente Gathering
Seabeck, Robert | Painting |...
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Exhibit notes: 2008

Museum record: 8.08 | 2008 | sight height: 12.25 in, sight width: 48.125 in, Frame height: 19.75 in, Frame width: 55.625 in, frame depth: 1.75 in | Corriente Gathering | William E. Weiss Purchase Award - 2008 Buffalo Bill Art Show | lower right of center: R. Seabeck | lower right of center: R. Seabeck | 8.08.jpg | Cowboy | longhorn | cattle | horse | Painting | oil on canvas | Robert Seabeck (b.1945) Corriente Gathering 2008, oil on canvas William E. Weiss Purchase Award–2008 Buffalo Bill Art Show Seabeck, a Wyoming artist, is familiar with the western lifestyle. For example, a cattle drive is not just an event of the Old West, but is current practice for living ranchers. The subject in art has long endured—as shown by the paintings here. 8.08 | Seabeck, Robert

Saddlestring Cavvy
Graham, Bruce | Painting | o...
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Exhibit notes: 2007

Museum record: 11.07 | 2007 | H: 24 in, width: 36 in, Frame height: 32.625 in, Frame width: 44.5 in | Saddlestring Cavvy | William E. Weiss Purchase Award - 2007 Buffalo Bill Art Show | 11.07.jpg | horses | Painting | oil on canvas | Bruce Graham (b. 1961) Saddlestring Cavvy 2007, oil on canvas William E. Weiss Purchase Award - 2007 Buffalo Bill Art Show, 11.07 Bruce Graham is intrigued by color and light, and he strives to capture these elements in his paintings. For example, sunlight is the main focus in this painting of a string of horses. | Graham, Bruce

Autumn Snow Along...
Bohler, Joseph | Painting | ...
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Exhibit notes: 2006

Museum record: 10.06 | 2006 | H: 22 in, width: 30 in | Autumn Snow Along the Missouri | William E. Weiss Purchase Award - 2006 Buffalo Bill Art Show | Watercolor painting, Autumn Snow Along the Missouri, by Joseph Bohler. Transparency sent to artist. | 10.06.jpg | 10.06.jpg | Landscape | Painting | watercolor on paper | Autumn Snow Along the Missouri This painting received the William E. Weiss Purchase Award at the 2006 Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale. This acquisition fund, established in mid 1970s, has helped the Whitney add over 40 contemporary western American art works to the collection. It was named in honor of a great patron of western art, William E. Weiss, who died in 1985. Long-term enthusiasm for western art by the Weiss family has resulted in many beautiful and important works of art being added to the Historical Center's collections over the decades. Joseph Bohler (b. 1938) Autumn Snow Along the Missouri 2006, watercolor on paper William E. Weiss Purchase Award-2006 Buffalo Bill Art Show, 10.06 | Bohler, Joseph

Yellowstone Lilies
Fillerup, Mel | Painting | o...
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Exhibit notes: 2005

Museum record: 6.05 | 2004 | sight height: 51.5 in, sight width: 45 in, Frame height: 60.25 in, Frame width: 54.25 in, frame depth: 2.25 in, H: 52 in, width: 46 in | Yellowstone Lilies | William E. Weiss Purchase Award - 2005 Buffalo Bill Art Show | Inspired by several sketching sessions, this painting portrays an ideal image of Yellowstone beauty, not one limited to a specific site. "Among the wonders of Yellowstone National Park are several lakes and streams which are covered with luxurious mountain lilies. One such lake is Isa Lake on Craig Pass. Another is along DeLacy Creek between West Thumb and Old Faithful. I have, with much joy, painted at both locations several times," wrote the artist. | 6.05.jpg | 6.05.jpg | 6.05.web.jpg | Painting | oil on canvas | Mel Fillerup (b. 1924) Yellowstone Lilies 2004, oil on canvas William E. Weiss Purchase Award-2005 Buffalo Bill Art Show, 6.05 Inspired by several sketching sessions, this painting portrays an ideal image of Yellowstone beauty, not one limited to a specific site. "Among the wonders of Yellowstone National Park are several lakes and streams which are covered with luxurious mountain lilies. One such lake is Isa Lake on Craig Pass. Another is along DeLacy Creek between West Thumb and Old Faithful. I have, with much joy, painted at both locations several times," wrote the artist. | Mel Fillerup (1924-2010) Yellowstone Lilies 2004, oil on canvas William E. Weiss Purchase Award–2005 Buffalo Bill Art Show 6.05 | Fillerup, Mel

Great Basin Bucka...
Ballantyne, Carrie L. | Draw...
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Exhibit notes: 2004

Museum record: 10.04 | ca. 2004 | H: 26.375 in, width: 17.25 in, Frame height: 39.25 in, Frame width: 29.75 in, frame depth: 1 in | Great Basin Buckaroo | William E. Weiss Purchase Award - 2004 Buffalo Bill Art Show | To be a cowboy, or ‘buckaroo’ as they say in the Great Basin country, is most suited to the younger single man,” wrote the artist. Ballantyne cited the historic Hispanic inspiration on the contemporary cowboy, “My subject is a picture of our modern day buckaroo with traditional vaquero influence: colorful, proud, practical and classy.” | 10.04.jpg | 10.04.web.jpg | 10.04.jpg | Drawing | colored pencil on paper | Carrie L. Ballantyne (b. 1956) Great Basin Buckaroo ca. 2004, color pencil William E. Weiss Purchase Award—2004 Buffalo Bill Art Show, 10.04 “To be a cowboy, or ‘buckaroo’ as they say in the Great Basin country, is most suited to the younger single man,” wrote the artist. Ballantyne cited the historic Hispanic inspiration on the contemporary cowboy, “My subject is a picture of our modern day buckaroo with traditional vaquero influence: colorful, proud, practical and classy.” | Ballantyne, Carrie L.

Canyon Frosting
Wilcox, Jim | Painting | oil...
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Exhibit notes: 2001

Museum record: 12.01 | 2001 | Frame height: 37.75 in, Frame width: 43.75 in, frame depth: 3.125 in, canvas height: 30.125 in, canvas width: 36 in | Canyon Frosting | William E. Weiss Purchase Award - 2001 Buffalo Bill Art Show | In his paintings, Wilcox uses the principal subjects of light, mood and design to express the landscapes around him. According to the artist, the contrast between the cool snow and the warm rock of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone "makes this view even more spectacular." | LR: JIM WILCOX [copyright symbol]; reverse frame UC: CRESTWOOD/STYLE #23-B/FINISH: UMBER (LIGHT); reverse canvas at UL stretcher: #2057 "CANYON FROSTING"; tag reverse ULC: BUFFALO BILL/ART SHOW & SALE/10/Wilcox, Jim 10/Canyon Frosting | LR: JIM WILCOX [copyright symbol] | 12.01.jpg | Lower Falls of the Yellowstone | Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone | Yellowstone National Park | snow | Painting | oil on canvas | Wilcox, Jim

October Moon
Lawson, T. Allen | Painting ...
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Exhibit notes: 2000

Museum record: 12.00 | 2000 | Frame height: 31.5 in, Frame width: 45.25 in, H: 24 in, width: 37.75 in | October Moon | William E. Weiss Purchase Award - 2000 Buffalo Bill Art Show | "The penetrating sight of this October full moon rising stopped me in my tracks. I completed a very quick (15 minute) color study to solidify my memory of the evening. The idea to add the grazing sheep came several weeks later as I was completing drawings of the barn and trees. This final version has been a work in progress for more than two years, " explained the artist. | reverse center "OCTOBER MOON" / T. ALLEN LAWSON / ALL RIGHTS RESERVED / [copyright symbol] / 20 00 | LL: T.ALLEN LAWSON | 12.00.jpg | sheep | Landscape | ranch house | barn | Painting | oil on linen mounted on board | Lawson, T. Allen

Fawn Egg
Kestrel, Steve | Sculpture |...
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Exhibit notes: 1998

Museum record: 11.98 | 1997 | H: 8 in, width: 9.25 in, L: 14.125 in | Fawn Egg | William E. Weiss Purchase Award - 1998 Buffalo Bill Art Show | underside: (swirl)/ (copyright mark)/ 18/21 | underside: KESTREL | 11.98.jpg | 11.98.jpg | 11.98.web.jpg | fawn | Sculpture | bronze | Kestrel, Steve

Ranch Buildings a...
Fritz, Charles | Painting | ...
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Exhibit notes: 1997

Museum record: 20.97 | 1997 | H: 30 in, width: 40 in, Frame height: 35.75 in, Frame width: 45.75 in | Ranch Buildings above Rock Creek | William E. Weiss Purchase Award - 1997 Buffalo Bill Art Show | Painting plein air, in the outdoors, gives Charles Fritz the advantage of natural light as well as the inspiration he finds essential for creating harmonious landscapes. This impressionistic winter scene was painted outside the town of Red Lodge, Montana. | LRC: C FRITZ | 20.97.JPG | 20.97.jpg | 20.97.jpg | 20.97.web.jpg | ranch | Painting | oil on canvas | Fritz, Charles

Star Blanket
Joe, Oreland C. | Sculpture ...
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Exhibit notes: 1996

Museum record: 9.96 | 1996 | H: 25.625 in, width: 11 in, depth: 8 in | Star Blanket | William E. Weiss Purchase Award - 1996 Buffalo Bill Art Show | This sculpture shows the artist's masterful carving in stone with intricate details, powerful use of texture and expressive color. A Southern Ute/Navajo, Oreland C. Joe has said that he draws his inspiration from "memories of childhood, from my aunts and uncles, grandmothers and grandfathers." | [reverse bottom edge] O C Joe (C over A intersected) (c inside circle) '96 | 9.96.JPG | Ute | star | woman | trade blanket | Sculpture | alabaster | Joe, Oreland C.

Home on the Range
Rudolph, Jeffrey B. | Sculpt...
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Exhibit notes: 1995

Museum record: 18.95.1 | 1995 | H: 26.25 in, width: 16.5 in, depth: 9.75 in, overall height: 38.25 in, overall width: 16.5 in, overall depth: 13.375 in | Home on the Range | William E. Weiss Purchase Award - 1995 Buffalo Bill Art Show | plaque on wooden base: HOME ON THE RANGE/ Rudolph | 18.95.1.2.JPG | cowgirl | child | Sculpture | alabaster | Rudolph, Jeffrey B.

Homestead, Canyon...
Matthews, William | Painting...
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Exhibit notes: 1994

Museum record: 4.94 | ca. 1994 | H: 22.75 in, width: 31.25 in, mat height: 28.125 in, mat width: 36.875 in, Frame height: 32.5 in, Frame width: 41.125 in | Homestead, Canyon de Chelly | William E. Weiss Purchase Award - 1994 Buffalo Bill Art Show | To create the depth seen in this landscape, William Matthews focuses on design and the use of color. By leaving a painting seemingly unfinished, the viewer is drawn into the piece and is left with a sense of yearning. | LLC: William M | 4.94.JPG | Canyon de Chelly | Painting | watercolor | Matthews, William

A Matter of Choice
Howell-Sickles, Donna | Pain...
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Exhibit notes: 1993

Museum record: 14.93 | 1993 | H: 44.5 in, width: 30 in, Frame height: 55 in, Frame width: 40.75 in | A Matter of Choice | William E. Weiss Purchase Award - 1993 Buffalo Bill Art Show | Texas artist Donna Howell-Sickles began portraying cowgirls when a friend gave her an old postcard of a waving cowgirl with a caption reading "Greetings from a real cowgirl of the old Southwest." Howell-Sickles became interested in the combination of "real" cowgirls and the fake, glamourized image. "The cowgirl has become my icon for woman in general . . ." the artist has said. | llc, in script: Donna Howell Sickles c (in a circle) 93 | The painting features a cowgirl and has representations of the phases of the moon and a feather. According to the artist, the feather is a reference to the Egyptian deity, Maat. After death your heart is weighed against her pure white feather. If they balance, you are all right. If your heart is heavier, you still have work to do. The artist placed a mythological reference with her contemporary cowgirl, noting that all of us were at one time looking for someone pure of heart. | 14.93.JPG | cowgirl | Painting | mixed media on paper | Howell-Sickles, Donna

No Easy Way Out
Fellows, Fred | Sculpture | ...
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Exhibit notes: 1992

Museum record: 12.92 | 1991 | H: 42.875 in, L: 27 in, width: 15 in, overall height: 74.78 in, overall length: 29.125 in, overall width: 19 in, Base Height: 3 in, Base Length: 23.625 in, Base Width: 13.5 in, Base Height: 29 in, Base Length: 29.25 in, Base Width: 19 in | No Easy Way Out | William E. Weiss Purchase Award - 1992 Buffalo Bill Art Show | While the mounted horseman appears in many forms in world art, the cowboy on the bucking bronco appears to be a uniquely American theme. Remington created the prototype, emphasizing the classic challenge between man and animal. In this bronze, Fellows uses the subject to symbolize the virtues of commitment and hard work. | back left of sculpture: Fred Fellows [superimposed over each other:] CA [Back] 24/50 [Plaque on front:] In the unwritten law of the range/ the work ethic still exists/ when you hire on with an outfit/ you ride for their brand/ No matter how difficult the task/ true commitment takes/ NO EASY WAY OUT [Around bronze base, brands] | 12.92B.JPG | 12.92.jpg | 12.92.web.jpg | 12.92.jpg | 12.92.JPG | Cowboy | subject | horse | Sculpture | bronze | wood | Fellows, Fred

Chief Joe
Wade, Bob | Painting | oil o...
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Exhibit notes: 1991

Museum record: 14.91 | 1988 | H: 35.125 in, width: 22.047 in, Frame height: 36.375 in, Frame width: 23.125 in | Chief Joe | William E. Weiss Purchase Award - 1991 Buffalo Bill Art Show | Wade's use of found imagery links his art with the "postmodern" movement. In reaction to the modernism of the early twentieth century, the postmoderns assert that the idea of progress in the arts is no longer valid and all images of the past can be re-manipulated. Taking old photographs and printing them on linen with applied color, Wade challenges the viewer to look again at the stereotypes of the past. | Back of top of frame: c [with a circle around it] BOB WADE '88; Center stretcher: "CHIEF JOE" [covered by label]OTO LINEN | Copyrighted by artist | 14.91.JPG | Indian | chief joe | Painting | oil on photo linen | Wade, Bob

Traditions
Hanson, Ann | Painting | pas...
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Exhibit notes: 1990

Museum record: 5.90 | 1989 | H: 13 in, width: 23 in, Frame height: 22.5 in, Frame width: 32.441 in | Traditions | William E. Weiss Purchase Award - 1990 Buffalo Bill Art Show | The invention of photography has influenced the art of painting by introducing the snapshot composition. This pastel features a cropped detail of contemporary cowboy. | LRC: A Hanson c 89 | 5.90.JPG | Wyoming Centennial | Cowboy | Painting | pastel on paper | Ann Hanson (b. 1953) Traditions 1989, pastel on paper William E. Weiss Purchase Award - 1990 Buffalo Bill Art Show 5.90 | Hanson, Ann

The Broken O
Blake, Buckeye | Painting | ...
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Exhibit notes: 1989

Museum record: 4.89 | 1989 | H: 12 in, width: 15.315 in, Frame height: 24 in, Frame width: 26.5 in | The Broken O | William E. Weiss Purchase Award - 1989 Buffalo Bill Art Show | Contemporary western art often celebrates the continuity of western traditions. The cowboy became the dominant hero in the art of Frederic Remington and Charles Russell, and this subject finds reinterpretation in the work of recent artists. By using a cropped, casual composition, Blake depicted a present-day cowboy as a down-to-earth workingman. | lr: c Buckeye Blake 89 | 4.89.JPG | Cowboy | branding | Animal | horse | Painting | gouache on paper | Blake, Buckeye

Morning Fog on Cl...
Oberg, Ralph E. | Painting |...
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Exhibit notes: 1988

Museum record: 16.88 | 1988 | H: 24 in, width: 36 in, Frame height: 34.5 in, Frame width: 46.5 in | Morning Fog on Clarks Fork | William E. Weiss Purchase Award - 1988 Buffalo Bill Art Show | Inspired by a love for the wilderness, Oberg has depicted the Clark's Fork River with Pilot and Index Peaks of the Absaroka range. The two rugged mountains provide a beacon to travelers headed toward the Cooke City, Montana, region and the northeast entrance to Yellowstone National Park. | LR: oberg./c. 88, Written on back of canvas: MORNING FOG ON CLARKS FORK/ c. 1988 RALPH E. OBERG/ALL REPRODUCTION RIGHTS RESERVED | 16.88.jpg | 16.88.JPG | Landscape | Painting | oil on canvas | Oberg, Ralph E.

American Bison
Sander, Sherry | Sculpture |...
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Exhibit notes: 1987

Museum record: 11.87 | 1987 | H: 21.25 in, L: 37 in, width: 19.375 in, base depth: 3 in, Base Length: 29.125 in, Base Width: 17 in | American Bison | William E. Weiss Purchase Award - 1987 Buffalo Bill Art Show | In modeling a sculpture of bison, Sander emphasized the mass and power of the animal. Her sculpture also reveals the effects of patinas in providing color for the surface. Patinas are made by brushing an acid solution on to the surface of the sculpture. Different chemical mixtures produce the variety of colors. | Back left side: c. 87 (underneath c. and underlined) S SANDER, Stamped back left side: 7/35 | Provenance: Buffalo Bill Art Sale 1987 | 11.87.JPG | buffalo | Animal | Group | bison | Sculpture | bronze | Sander, Sherry

Brothers of the D...
Coleman, Michael | Painting ...
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Exhibit notes: 1986

Museum record: 13.86 | 1986 | H: 23.875 in, width: 29.875 in, Frame height: 34.25 in, Frame width: 40.25 in | Brothers of the Deer | William E. Weiss Purchase Award - 1986 Buffalo Bill Art Show | "Brothers of the deer refers to the ravens in the painting. The ravens were in many cases spotted on the horizon, preceding the migration of the great herds of caribou, and called brothers of the deer by northern tribes," wrote the artist about this scene on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. | LR: c. Michael Coleman/1.9.8.6 VIII | 13.86.JPG | 13.86.jpg | Animal | Landscape | Painting | oil on board | Coleman, Michael