Last updated: 1/9/2011
Kerrville, Texas
Street Address
1550 Bandera Highway
Kerrville, TX 78029
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 294300
Kerrville, TX 78029
phone: 830-896-2553
fax: 830-896-2556
web: www.caamuseum.com
Museum Type(s)
Art
Staff
Michael Duty, Director
Natalee Nunn, Executive Director
Diana Comer, Director of Publicity
Hans Poppe, Chief of Security and Maintenance
Ron Aday, Collections Manager
Sylvia Hellen, Public Relations & Tourism
Lynette Waldon, Education Director
Peg Hainey, Youth Education Director
Sarah Cowen, Executive Assistant
Cristina Sanchez-Navarro, Gift Shop Manager
Description

The Cowboy Artists of America Museum is located in Kerrville, only a short drive from San Antonio, in the heart of the famed Texas Hill Country. This outstanding facility provides the opportunity for one-and-all to relive the Western heritage, through great Western Art.

In a manner of speaking, the museum is an architectural work of art in its own right. Like a fortressed hacienda, the buildings's exterior features heavy timbers and rugged retaining walls of stacked limestone. Heroic and life-sized bronzes dot the landscape of the outer grounds. Inside, boveda domed ceilings give visitors a glimpse of artisan work rarely seen today. Endcut mesquite-wood, and saltillo-tile floors are polished to a warm glow, complementing the Western artwork displayed in over 14,000 square feet of gallery space.

The Cowboy Artists of America Museum serves as a public facility to house and display the artwork of the Cowboy Artists of America, as well as periodic displays of great Western masters of the past. The CAA has taken inspiratin for it's very existence from the work of famous masters such as Charles Russell and Frederic Remington. Setting the highest standards, from it's inception the goal of the CAA has been "to insure authentic representation of the life of the West, as it was and is."

History

It was April 23, 1983 when the Cowboy Artists of America Museum first opened its doors to a standing-room only crowd. In the years since, hundreds of thousands of visitors have walked the museum galleries and have seen the West brought to life through the art work on display. The hard-working Cowboys, the Plains Indians, women of the West, settlers, mountain men and others are included in the artwork. Through displays, the history of famous ranches as well as other diverse aspects of our Western heritage, are shared with an ever-widening audience.

The museum is a separate non-profit entity from the Cowboy Artists of America. However, the artists of the CAA assist the museum by securing their art for display, as well as serving as a teaching arm of the museum's expanding education program. This unique program has offered training to hundreds of up-and-coming artists in applied techniques of Western art.

In addition, every Spring the CA artists participate in the museum's annual " Roundup" fundraiser. It's an exciting weekend, filled with a variety of activities, the highlight of which is the "Art Stampede Show and Sale." This fast-paced event features exclusively the artwork of the Cowboy Artists of America, with a portion of the proceeds from the sale benefitting the museum.

The Cowboy Artists of America extend an open invitation to you! Experience the West as it was and as it is, at the Cowboy Artists of America Museum, "where the Western legend lives!"

Artifact Collections

Art collection - 200 pieces,Artifacts - 155,Research library - 3,000,Archival prints - 700,All collections pertaining to the American West.

Research Collections

Archival prints; available for research.

Educational Programs

The museum has some exhibitions with educational content. It also has programs for docents to further educate them about the American West, art, and the Cowboy Artists of America. Special gallery tours led by one of the CAA members or other special guests are sometimes scheduled. Art workshops for professional and amateur artists are offered.

Some of the exhibitions are available for loan upon request; fees and other cost considerations to be discussed based on request.

Publications

The museum has a quarterly newsletter. The museum publishes membership solicitation brochures, renewal brochures, and a four-color visitors' brochure.

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