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, held from 2000-2015, became a premier art show featuring established and emerging artists specializing in Western art. The art show was named “Empire 100” to reflect the number of pieces selected through a jury process for the show. Ranging from impressionistic and traditional Western art subjects, to plein air landscapes, to colorful still lifes, the show offered something for every collector. The show also featured entries of “Empire-inspired art” – artwork inspired by images and scenes at the historic Empire Ranch in Sonoita, Arizona.
A portion of all sales supported 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.
The show was discontinued in 2016 due to a number of factors including the lack of an affordable venue and the financial viability of the event. We are grateful for the contributions of past art show chairs: Marion Hyland, Ginger Hambly, and Laura Davis. To read articles about past shows, including information about the Featured Artists, click here to go the ERF Newsletter index and find the listings under Events–Empire 100 Art Show.