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 premier 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.
In 2016 the Foundation’s new event, From 1880’s to Steampunks substituted for the 2016 Western Art Show and Sale. The ERF Board of Directors is considering the feasibility of continuing the Empire 100. Considerations include locating an affordable venue and the financial viability of the event.
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 2015 show on the Empire Ranch Foundation website here.
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.