Where the Legend Lives


The cowboys, the Native Americans, the settlers, the mountain men and others who tamed the West...share their adventure through the rotating exhibits on display at the Museum of Western Art where the legend of the American West lives on. The Museum of Western Art is dedicated to the appreciation, presentation and promotion of Western American heritage as expressed through art and artifacts. It is a showcase for Western art and artists, past and present, and provides art and history education for all ages, focusing on the American West.

Date: 14 July 2017
Contact: Stephanie Turnham
Contact: 830.896.2553


The Museum of Western Art will host an exhibition on Texas Rangers, courtesy of the Former Texas Rangers Foundation, with an opening reception and presentation on Saturday, August 12, from 2-4 p.m. Museum members can attend at no charge, and non-members are welcome with a suggested donation of $10.00. Please call 896.2553 to r.s.v.p.

“Lone Stars: The Texas Rangers” will feature objects and information about this legendary law enforcement group that dates back to 1835. Weapons, badges, photographs and memorabilia will be featured in the exhibit, with a focus on Kerr County Rangers.

Joe B. Davis, President of the Former Texas Rangers Foundation, will be the featured speaker for the August 12 event. A former Texas Ranger, Joe began his law enforcement career in 1963 as a recruit patrolman in the Department of Public Safety. In 1969, he was promoted to Texas Ranger and served over 30 years as such. He was also the first Texas Ranger to receive the Directors Citation for his investigation of Nurse Genene Jones and the death of infants in San Antonio and Kerrville. He is a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of Alzafar Shrine.

Date: 29 June 2017
Contact: Stephanie Turnham
Contact: 830.377.6443


The Museum of Western Art is showcasing artist Rudolph “Rudl” Mergelman as the July Artist of the Month. A wine and cheese reception will be held on Friday, July 28, at 5:30 p.m. Non-museum members are invited to attend with a suggested donation of $10, and museum members can attend at no charge. Please call 896.2553 to r.s.v.p.

A descendant of two Colorado pioneer families, Rudl was raised in the heart of the open range of Western Colorado. Horses, cattle and working ranches were the way and love of his life. Family members and friends frequently appear in his paintings, and his knowledge of the cattleman is evident in the authenticity of his work. He spends hours observing elk, deer and bighorn sheep in their natural habitats. His work is bold and vivid, as are the animals and countryside.

Of his life and work, he said, “After 30 years in the education and commercial art fields I feel that I am now able to devote full time to the career I have waited for. I spend my studio time putting cowboys and critters into paint and clay. My lifelong interest in art has always been two-fold; developing my artistic skills and portraying the subject matter I love so much.”

For more information about the artist or the museum, please call 830.896.2553.

Date: 22 June 2017
Contact: Stephanie Turnham
Contact: 830.896.2553


The award-winning Museum of Western Art has been issued a Challenge Grant from an anonymous donor. From July 1 until October 31, 2017, the donor will match any monies contributed up to $50,000.

“We want all of our supporters to be aware of this terrific opportunity for the Museum,” said Executive Director Stephanie Turnham. “The Museum provides our community with so much more than fine art and educational programs. It is a resource for curriculum enhancement for our area schools, helps keep our taxes low through the out-of-town visitors from around the world who stay in our hotels and RV parks, and contributes to the unique quality of life in the Texas Hill Country.”

The Museum of Western Art is a non-profit organization that receives no government support. As such it relies on grants, memberships and earned income to operate and to continue serving as the region’s premier cultural attraction. “The Museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation and interpretation of our nation’s rich Western heritage through art and artifacts, which has helped shape who we are as a nation.”

All contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

For more information about the museum, please call 896.2553, or visit the museum’s website at www.mowatx.com.

Date: 1 June 2017
Contact: Stephanie Turnham
Contact: 830.896.2553


The Museum of Western Art is pleased to host “Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy” that open June 9 and will remain on view through July 14, 2017.

In the early 1970s, noted Texas historian Joe Frantz offered Bill Wittliff a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – to visit a ranch in northern Mexico where the vaqueros still worked cattle in traditional ways. Wittliff photographed the vaqueros as they went about daily chores that had changed little since the first Mexican cowherders learned to work cattle from a horse’s back. Wittliff captured a way of life that now exists only in memory and in the photographs included in this exhibition.

“Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy” features photographs with bilingual narrative text that reveal the muscle, sweat and drama that went into roping a calf in thick brush or breaking a wild horse in the saddle. The exhibition is created by the Wittliff Collections at the Alkek Library, Texas State University, presented in partnership with Humanities Texas, the state affiliate for the National Endowment for the Humanities. It is made possible in part by a “We the People” grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information, please contact the museum at 830.896.2553.


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