The Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale has named its 2013 major award winners.

Volunteer judges chose the two best works of Western art from the 109 paintings and sculptures submitted for the 32nd annual show.

The art to be auctioned at the 2013 Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale is on display in the Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s John Bunker Sands Photography Gallery through Sept. 20, when it will then be auctioned to the public.

The art also can be seen online, Net proceeds from the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale benefit the Cody chamber and the Center of the West, and other art organizations in the Cody area.

Premier Platinum Award ($20,000)

“The Gift” by Vic Payne.

The sculpture depicts Buffalo Bill Cody, Chief Plenty Coups and Prince Albert I of Monaco during the visit to Cody in 1913.

Judges: “We admired the ability Payne manifested in this work to provide accuracy and detail while conveying a convincing narrative in an engaging manner. This piece had real drama and is a tour-de-force that combined composition and local relevancy that made it a clear winner.” said the judges about

Wells Fargo Gold Award ($10,000)

“American Serengeti” by P.A. Nisbet.

The painting depicts a scene from the Lamar Valley in the northeast corner of Yellowstone Park.

Judges: “We appreciated this tranquil painting from top to bottom as it depicts a scene out of Cody’s backdoor. It reminds us to be ever grateful for our national parks and the wildlife that still call these reserves home.”

William E. Weiss Purchase Award

“Indian Paintbrush,” a kinetic steel sculpture by 2013 Honored Artist Charles Ringer.

It will be added to the Whitney Gallery’s permanent collection.

“We appreciated the floral elements of this piece and we certainly don’t have one like it in our permanent collection. It adds great variety to the show,” said Whitney Gallery of Western Art Curator Mindy Besaw.


•Adam Duncan Harris.

Harris has been the curator of Art at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole since 2000. He is currently the Petersen Curator of Art and Research.

He received a bachelor’s degree from Brown University before continuing on to the University of Wyoming for a master’s degree in American studies. He finished his academic studies at the University of Minnesota, where he received a Ph.D. in art history. He is the author of “Wildlife in American Art: Masterworks from the National Museum of Wildlife Art” and editor of the award-winning “Bob Kuhn: Drawing on Instinct,” both published by the University of Oklahoma Press.

He has recently curated a touring exhibit in conjunction with the Smithsonian American Art Museum, “George Catlin’s American Buffalo.”

•Father and son Kirke and Doug Nelson.

Doug has been involved in the art business for 25 years as an art dealer. He is the owner/operator of In Search Of Art Limited – I.S.O. Art Ltd., and art search company which acquires and/or sells fine art for its clientele and tracks specific art pieces and includes a retail shop in Kalispell, Mont.

In addition to functioning as an art dealer, he and his wife Karen own and operate Mad Wolf Ranch, a bison ranch located on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation that has hosted model sessions for a number of artist retreats.

Dr. Kirke Nelson was educated as a physician at the University of Southern California. He established Kalispell OBGYN in Montana and during the next 35-plus years delivered 7,000 babies in Kalispell. In the interim years he and his wife Helen raised five children who live in the area along with 15 grandchildren.

A keen interest in art developed with Kirke and what started out as simple collecting in California developed into an active art gallery in Kalispell. Glacier Gallery opened in 1969 and continues to the present with a special interest in Western art prior to the 1940s, actively pursuing art of that period for acquisition by clients.

•Keith and Bobbi Richardson.

Founders of Sierra Trading Post, the Richardsons have an extensive Western art collection. They appreciate and enjoy the work of the many talented artists of the past and present who have chosen the West as the subject of their inspiration and the loving and skilled labor of their hands.

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