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Please join us for the opening of Icons of the West on May 15th, from 6-8 PM at Dana Gallery in Missoula, MT. The evening will include an introduction from Mayor John Engen with an awards ceremony to follow along with live music and refreshments.
Icons of the West is a national show in it's early years that follows the Dana Gallery's success hosting two Oil Painters of America events along with the touring Out West exhibition. Icons of the West promises to become a major community event and a fixture in the contemporary regional arts scene.
We will be featuring over 160 of the best of the west. Over $10,000 in prizes and certificates furnished by entry fees, magazine donations, art manufacturers, and patrons of the gallery will be given to winners in various categories, including a $2500 best of show.
Icons of the West is a diverse and engaging investigation and portrayal of western icons and the role they play in contemporary American culture.
Best of Show: “The End of the Day” by Diane Ainsworth (Port Townsend, WA)
Most Original Thematic Interpretation: “Kachinas” by Mary Conway (Whitefish, MT)
Best Landscape: “Morning Gold” by Susan Gutting (Hayden, ID)
Best Traditional Western: “Spring Camp” by Tom Gilleon (Cascade, MT)
Best Contemporary Western: “Lyle Lovit” by Richard Lande (Hamilton, MT)
Best Critter: “Marta” by Brenda Wolf (Great Falls, MT)
Best Figurative: “Cowboy Poet” by Jerry Markham (Vernon, British Columbia—Canada)
Best Non-Traditonal Media: “Climb” by Jessica Walsh (Jackson, WY)
Dana Gallery Purchase Award: “Sawhorse” by Steve Cook (Dillon, MT)
Mayor's Choice: "Sheep herder, Sheep Dog, & 3 Sheep" by Adair Peck (Bozeman, MT)
Jack Richeson & Co. Award of Excellence: “Happy Trails to You” by Greg Wilhelmi (Roundup, MT)
Jack Richeson & Co. Award of Excellence: “Orphan” by Deb Schmit (Cascade, MT)
Ampersand Art Supply Award of Excellence: “The Shake” by Zach Babbat (Silver Star, MT)
Chartpak Award of Excellence: “Ranch Raised” by H. Steven Oiestad (Fort Shaw, MT)
Glaser Frames Award of Excellence: “Night on the Plateau” by Jan Kirchhoff (Moscow, ID)
Glaser Frames Award of Excellence: “Missoula Today” by Barbara Michelman (Stevensville, MT)
UPS Award of Excellence: “Canyon Light Zion” by Sheri Nagy (Missoula, MT)
Blick Award of Excellence: “After Moab” by Paige Barth (Eden, UT)
Blick Award of Excellence: “Western Icon” by Jerry Markham (Vernon, British Columbia—Canada)