The 2015 Western Art Show & Sale will be held at the Tucson Desert Art Museum. The opening reception will take place on Sunday, March 29 from 2-5 pm and the show will run through Sunday, April 19. To request an invitation to the opening reception click here. For directions, museum/gallery hours, and admittance to the Empire 100 show after the opening reception click here.
The Empire 100 Western Art Show & Sale was established in 2000 by Chair Marion Hyland, with the purpose of showcasing fine Western art while raising funds for the preservation of the historic Empire Ranch Headquarters. The juried art exhibition & sale has grown in stature to become a premiere art show featuring established and emerging artists specializing in Western art. The art show is named “Empire 100″ to reflect the number of pieces selected for the show. Artwork is selected through a jury process that examines hundreds of submissions to offer an unparalleled selection of Western art. Ranging from impressionistic and traditional Western art subjects, to plein air landscapes, to colorful still lifes, the show offers something for every collector. The Empire 100 Western Art Show & Sale is a not-to-be-missed event for the serious collector, or for the individual who wants the opportunity to see and purchase superb Western art. The show also features entries of “Empire-inspired art” – artwork inspired by images and scenes at the historic Empire Ranch in Sonoita, Arizona.
A portion of all sales supports the Empire Ranch Foundation’s programs for preservation, interpretation, and education at the historic Empire Ranch House and Headquarters, a property that is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. View images of artworks selected for the 2014 Show on the Empire Ranch Foundation website here. For sales, please contact, Ali Boelts, Administrator, at the ERF phone line, 888-364-2829.
Empire 100 Chair is Laura Davis, Business Development Manager for her family business, Arizona Lithographers. She is a member of the Friends of Western Art, a key organizer of the Mountain Oyster Club art show, and also a collector of Western and Native American art. Laura is serving her third year as chair of the Empire 100 Western Art Show, succeeding Ginger Hambly, and Empire 100 Western Art Show Founder Marion Hyland.
Doug Oliver has been a significant contributor to the art of the American West for more than three decades. His landscape images of soaring skies and panoramic vistas are well known throughout the contemporary art world. He was born in Dayton, Ohio relocating with his family to California as a young boy. The grandeur of the western landscape had a profound influence on him. He began painting at age twelve and continued his studies throughout his high school and community college years. He entered the prestigious Chouinard Art Institute, earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1968. Soon after, he was awarded a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Redlands, California. His early career was spent as an art educator in Lancaster, California teaching in secondary and local community college art departments. He began full time studio work in 1981.
Today he lives with his wife Barbara in Prescott, Arizona where they make their home and studio high on a hill overlooking the Prescott National Forest. They are parents of two sons: Jeffrey, an IT professional in San Diego, and Jason, post-production sound editor with Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California.