The American Museum of Western Art - The Anschutz Collection

The American Museum of Western Art - The Anschutz Collection is an art museum located in downtown Denver. With more than the expected cowboys and landscapes on view, the three floors of galleries reveal a range of styles and subject matter, from the historic to the contemporary.
For the months of June, July, and August there are many programs to participate in! Join us for FREE All Day Self-Guided tours on the first Friday of each month this summer!

In the month of June we will be hosting an Artist Talk, featuring Steve DeOrio, who painted the ceiling of the Museum and other historic sites in Denver. A Denver local, he is a featured artist of the Chalk Art Festival and will discuss his processes and various projects around town on June 8th. If you are interested in modern art movements then join us for a staff-led discussion on Emil Bisttram, featuring several of his works on paper that have never been on view at the Museum before!

On July 25th, the Museum will be hosting local authors in collaboration with Lighthouse Writers Workshop for a reading and installation. The program will include poetry and short story readings, and a chance to talk with the authors about how the paintings in the Museum sparked their memories and creativity.

For the month of August the Museum will be celebrating Colorado History. August 1st, the anniversary of Colorado's statehood,the Museum will be offering FREE admission for self-guided tours where we will highlight artists that were born here, worked here, or simply passed through the state. On August 22nd at 3pm we will be exploring Colorado History through music, with Swallow Hill Musicians playing a series of songs that take us through the development of Colorado as a state.

The American Museum of Western Art has many connections to the Denver and larger Colorado area. The Museum is housed in a historic 1880s building that was one of the first buildings in the Denver
business district. The Collection also holds many Colorado based artists that spent a significant portion of their career in the state.
 One of these artists is Frank Tenney Johnson, a Western illustrator that worked in Colorado on commission for Field and Stream magazine. The magazine gave Johnson railroad passage for a trip
in exchange for illustrations that he would bring back for them. He proceeded to spend the summer on a ranch in Hayden, Colorado, observing cowboy life. It was during this time that Johnson became interested in painting nocturnes, which are night scenes that add drama to a painting or scene. Riders of the Dawn, the painting on the next page was painted based off of a photo of his cowboy friends as they rode to an Independence Day celebration in Craig, Colorado in 1904.

The Museum offers programs throughout the year designed to educate, entertain, and provide new perspective on the artwork for visitors. To learn more about the Museum and upcoming programs
visit or call (303)293-2000.

 If you think Western American art is not for you, be assured that there is something for everyone among the 315 paintings on view. Step back into the American West every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and allow our art to take you on a journey. Whether you choose to be led on an adventure during one of our unique programs or explore the Museum on your own, we are sure you will enjoy your time here!

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14 May 2018

By James Jackman