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Museum of Western Art, The

1550 Bandera Hwy.
Kerrville, TX

Phone: 830-896-2553 - TTY:

Statement of Purpose:

The Museum of Western Art is dedicated to the presentation, appreciation and promotion of the Western American heritage as expressed through art and artifacts that capture the spirit of individual courage, character and achievement. The museum provides education and training to people of all ages, focusing on the history and development of the American West.


Located in Kerrville, in the heart of the famed Texas Hill Country, this outstanding facility provides the opportunity for everyone to relive the Western heritage, through great Western art displayed in over 14,000 square feet of gallery space.
As the last public project of famed Southwestern architect O’Neil Ford, the museum is an architectural work of art in its own right. It features heavy timbers and rugged retaining walls of stacked limestone on the outside, similar to a fortressed hacienda. Once inside, twenty-three boveda domes, made from lightweight Mexican brick, draw the eye upward to the ceiling, giving visitors a glimpse of artisan work rarely seen today. End cut mesquite-wood and saltillo tile flores complement the Western artwork on display.
The Museum of Western Art offers training to up-and-coming artists in applied techniques of Western art. The Western Art Academy, a program for talented high school students and selected through juried competition, offers the rare opportunity to receive one-on-one instruction in painting and sculpting from well-known and respected professional artists.
In preserving and promoting the heritage of the American West, the museum is committed to exhibiting the very finest artwork by today’s best-known Western artists as well as periodic exhibits featuring famous masters of the past.


Major Research Fields:
In the library over 4,500 volumes, some of which are rare, await scholars, students and writers in their research of everything Western. Librarians are on duty daily.


§         Back in the Saddle - Tales and Talents of the Working Cowboy
January 30 – April 15, 2007
From the cowboy of the late 1800’s to the modern cowhand, the hard work and danger of life in the saddle have always made fascinating fare from which fine artists find inspiration. This exhibit features approximately 40 works of art that celebrate the cowboy heritage in American legend and lore.

§         Classical Western Evening
February 11, 2007
6:00 PM through 8:00 PM
Enjoy an evening of music, wine and hors d'oeuvres as the Symphony of the Hills presents classical and western selections played by quartettes/quintet's of Strings, Woodwinds, and Brass, within the setting of the current Exhibit.
Tickets: $50 per person

§         Roundup Show and Sale
April 17 – May 27, 2007
Through this annual fundraiser, more than 100 original works of art will be available for guest enjoyment and available for purchase – with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Museum of Western Art.


·         Golf Tournament

August (date and details to be determined), Riverhill Country Club

§         A Backdrop to History – Landscapes that Led Us Westward
May 29 – September 30, 2007
Life in the Old West was never easy, but the magnificent scenery made it an adventure of epic proportions. From beautiful vistas to dusty cowtowns – the natural environment was both a blessing and curse. This exhibit examines the role of that land in relation to the struggles and settlement of the West.

§         Collectors’ Classic Sale and Show
October 2 – October 27, 2007
Through this annual fundraiser, more than 100 original works of art will be available for guest enjoyment and available for purchase – with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Museum of Western Art.

§         The Art of Tom Lovell – From the Collection of the Permian Basin Museum
(This exhibit is tentative – not yet confirmed)
October 30 – January 26, 2008

 2008 Calendar of Events:

 Native Words – Native Warriors  (On Loan from the Smithsonian Museum)
January 27, 2008April 6, 2008
Atsa’ means ‘eagle’ to a Navajo. Paaki is the Hopi word for ‘houses on water.’ During World War II however, these words were used as code for ‘transport plane’ and ‘ships as American Indians served the United States by using their Native languages to send and receive secret messages. This exhibit, developed by the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, tells this remarkable story of six Indian nations which served the military during that war.




Admission & Directions:

From San Antonio-IH 10 West (63 miles), South on Texas Hwy. 16 to Hwy 173 then one-half mile to museum, on right.

From Austin-US Hwy 290 West to Fredericksburg then Texas Hwy. 16 South (100 miles) to Hwy 173, then one-half mile to museum, on right.


Key Personnel:

Jack Steele, Executive Director

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