Art of the Plains

Artists from 17 states and Canada are featured in the American Plains Artists (APA) 32nd Juried Exhibit & Sale.

The show is on display in the museum’s Legacy and Traditions galleries through Nov. 5, 2017.
The exhibit includes 104 two- and three-dimensional realistic and representational artworks in traditional media that depict the American Great Plains region – its landscape, wildlife, people, and way of life.

The show is held at a different venue in the region each year and was last held at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum in 2011.

“The show is international and the artwork is exceptional,” said Judy McElroy, the APA Show “Chairlady.” “It’s a very prestigious show to be in and we have some of the top artists from across the nation and Canada.”

The Awards Juror for the show is renowned Western artist Alfredo Rodriguez.

While the artists are from all across the U.S., the artwork must depict life in the American Great Plains region, which McElroy describes as including parts of New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Wyoming and Montana, and all of Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, and the Dakotas.

“The artwork shows everything from bison and other animals, to American Indian culture, to farming and ranching … past and present,” she said. “We enjoy what we do and one of the biggest pleasures is the people we meet. We’re so glad to have the show back in Las Cruces again.”

The American Plains Artists was organized in 1982 as a small group of artists who banded together to highlight through their art, the variety to be found in the vast region known as the American Plains. The APA has expanded into a nonprofit organization with a growing membership of both signature and associate members. The goals have remained the same -- to educate the public through traditional and representational art works about the American Plains region including the landscape, wildlife, peoples and way of life in historical or modern times.

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