About the Art Show & Sale

2014 Empire 100 Western Art Show & Sale

The 2014 Western Art Show & Sale was held February 3 through March 9 at the Tucson Jewish Community Center/Jewish Heritage Center, 3800 E. River Road, Tucson, AZ. Our thanks to Featured Artist Carol Swinney, Chair Laura Davis, participating artists and buyers and the Tucson Jewish Community Center. Details about 15th Annual Empire 100 Western Art Show & Sale will be announced in early fall. 

Empire 100 Art Show poster

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.

About the Featured Artist: Carol Swinney Carol Swinney cropped red

We are proud to welcome the 2014 Empire 100 Featured Artist: Carol Swinney.  Originally from Casper, Wyoming, Carol spends time between travels in Wyoming and her second home in Tucson. Carol paints with a palette knife instead of a brush, and is nationally recognized for her richly textured and expressive artwork. Carol’s inspiration comes from location painting in the majestic Rocky Mountain of Colorado, the Catalina Mountains of Tucson, and the Grand Teton Mountains in Wyoming. Carol has won numerous awards and honors and has had many solo shows and exhibitions shows at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, the Gilcrease Museum, the Briscoe Museum of Western Art, the CM Russell Museum and the Desert Caballeros Western Museum, and the Clymer Museum. Carol is a Master Signature Member of American Woman Artists.

About the Chair: Laura Davis

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.