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[LECTURE] Santa Fe & Taos: Havens of Creativity

September 29, 2019 @ 2:00 pm 4:00 pm

Deer Dancers by Joseph A. Imhof, Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Canyon, Texas

Included in Museum Admission Price. RSVP Required!

In the first half of the twentieth century, the American Southwest became a mecca for American artists and their patrons. Our guest curator for Visions of New Mexico, Byron Price, will discuss how this remote region became a haven of creativity and how the communities of Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico, emerged as symbols of this artistic renaissance.

Visions of New Mexico is drawn from the collection of the Panhandle Plains Museum and feature nearly 50 paintings from some of the most recognizable painters from the Taos and Santa Fe Schools including Joseph Sharp, Walter Ufer, Martin Hennings, and Irving Couse.  The exhibition is curated by Byron Price, Director of the Charles M. Russell Center for the Study of Art of the American West at the University of Oklahoma.

Price currently holds the Charles Marion Russell Memorial Chair, is Director of Charles M. Russell Center for the Study of Art of the American West at the University of Oklahoma and is Director of the University of Oklahoma Press. He is a 1970 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and earned an MA in Museum Science at Texas Tech University in 1977. Before taking his current position, Price spent nearly 25 years in the museum profession. He served as executive director of the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum in Canyon, Texas (1982-1986); the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center in Oklahoma City (1987-1996); and the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming (1996-2001).

In addition to his published works, he has served as a consultant for several television series and specials including “Unsolved History: The Gunfight at the OK Corral”, “Cowboy Tech”, “Cowboys and Outlaws” on the History and Discovery Channels, and “Cowboys of the Tall Grass” and “Treasures of the Gilcrease: Charles M. Russell” for Oklahoma Public Television.