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Artists of the American West

The historic American West will be the focus of a major exhibition being mounted by The Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art at Central Methodist College in mid-October.

Titled "Artists of the American West," the exhibition opens Oct. 19 and will run through Nov. 30. Visitors to The Ashby-Hodge Gallery can expect to see Indians, trappers, traders, settlers, Pony Express riders and the first transcontinental railroad construction illustrated in hand-colored lithographs and wood engravings that comprise the exhibition. They are by Karl Bodmer, George Catlin, Albert Bierstadt, Frederick Remington, John J. Audubon and John Mix Stanley, among others – famous artists alive during the country's great western migration in the 19th century.

The collection of prints provides a vivid picture of the American West at a time when the native cultures were beginning to feel the impact of the advance of white settlers. Additionally, it presents the artistry of many of the first artists to work west of the Mississippi River. It is an impressive demonstration of the role of the graphic artist in establishing an image of the American West and in documenting an important period of U.S. history.

Also being shown in the gallery during the "Artists of the American West" exhibition are works by contemporary artist Charles Banks Wilson, well known for his paintings of native Americans and frontiersmen and his portraits of American humorist Will Rogers. They are part of the gallery's permanent collection.

The exhibition is a program of Exhibits USA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance, a private, nonprofit organization, with assistance from the Missouri Arts Council.