Exhibitions / Past

Holiday Trains

December 2, 2017 - January 14, 2018

Train enthusiasts of all ages look forward to this treasured annual tradition, created by Museum volunteers.

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Playlist: Hits from the Museum’s Collection

June 2 - July 8, 2018

Wickenburg has always had a musical soundtrack, whether it was the marching band that greeted President McKinley upon his arrival in Congress in 1901, or the grand opening of the Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts in Wickenburg in 2001. In the mid-20th century, Western music came to define not only the Southwest, but an entire era in […]

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All Over the Map: The Picerne Collection of Arizona Landmark Art

October 21, 2017 - March 4, 2018

The Picerne Collection of Arizona Landmark Art showcases representational paintings of the state’s mountains, canyons and vistas, created over the last one hundred years by scores of different artists from varying backgrounds, schools and eras. The Collection has the dual objective of creating an historical archive of those artists who painted Arizona and fostering an increased appreciation for the state’s […]

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Arizona Military Memories

April 22 - October 29, 2017

The people of Arizona have supported American efforts in foreign conflicts from the Spanish American War through today’s deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq. Throughout its history, Arizona has provided soldiers, workers, volunteers, training grounds, agricultural, and industrial resources for domestic and allied troops.  The success of many missions was due in part to the heroic efforts of Arizonans who answered […]

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West of Center: Highlights from the Wickenburg Art Club

July 29 - October 29, 2017

Wickenburg’s love affair with the arts goes back over half a century. The Desert Caballeros Western Museum, founded in 1960, has become internationally recognized for its creative exhibitions and programming. The Wickenburg Art Club, founded in 1964, teaches workshops and classes at its own facility and presents numerous art exhibitions and festivals around the Wickenburg community.   Each year, the […]

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13th annual Cowgirl Up! Art from the Other Half of the West Exhibition & Sale

March 23 - May 13, 2018

Desert Caballeros Western Museum is proud to host the 13th annual ‘Cowgirl Up! Art from the Other Half of the West’ Invitational Exhibition & Sale. Three days of kick-off weekend festivities begin Friday, March 23rd and continue through Sunday, March 25th. The exhibition and sale officially opens to the public on Sunday, March 25th. Cowgirl Up! captures the imagination of […]

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How the West Is One: Contemporary Western Art from The Tia Collection

May 27, 2017 - March 4, 2018

Interdependence is a hallmark of the American West. Take a road trip through Arizona and you will see evidence of our multicultural past – street names in Spanish, ghost towns once inhabited by fortune seekers from the American East, and town names with Native American origins. Through times of solidarity and times of strife, the people of the West have […]

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Stormy Weather: Western Atmospheres

May 27 - October 8, 2017

It might be surprising that Arizona, a state that encompasses a large portion of the dry Sonoran desert, should be famous for its rain. Buzzwords like “haboob”, “monsoon”, and “flash flood” have been engrained in the nation’s imagination by national newscasts and viral videos on social media. Those exotic terms echo our idea of the “Wild” West as untamed and […]

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“Having their Picture Took”: Western Portrait Photography Then and Now

October 8, 2016 - October 29, 2017

From photo sessions in 1890s saloons to Scott Baxter’s Top Hand project and the Petersen cousins’ series on working artists, personalities of the West and their stories have long been captured for posterity. Central to the display is Ben Stahl’s large oil painting that gives the exhibition its title, along with historic photographs and cameras from the Museum’s collection. Large historic […]

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West of Center – Highlights from the Wickenburg Art Club

July 30 - October 30, 2016

Now extended through October 30! This 5th annual WAC fundraiser will take place from July 30 through October 30in the DCWM Cultural Crossroads Learning Center.  100% of proceeds from sales benefit members of Wickenburg Art Club, which offers year round opportunities for artists of all ages and experience levels to explore an array of creative pursuits. Featuring pastels, watercolor and oil […]

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12th Annual Cowgirl Up! Art from the Other Half of the West

March 24 - May 7, 2017

The West’s best women artists, all in one place, all at one time! With more than 200 paintings, drawings, and sculptures, the 12th annual Cowgirl Up! exhibition and sale embraces the full spectrum of Western American art today. Find more information and read more about the 2017 Cowgirl Up! artists here.

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Cowgirls with a Camera

November 12, 2016 - January 8, 2017

The fifth annual Cowgirls with a Camera exhibition and sale showcases the work of some of the most talented women photographers in North America working in the Western genre.  Whether on film or in digital format, these photographers capture iconic images of the West, including rodeo cowboys, ranch life, wide-open spaces, cowgirls, working horses, wild mustangs, and more!   The 2016 Cowgirls […]

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Ride Through History: Saddles that Shaped the West

October 15, 2016 - March 5, 2017

Created by master saddlemaker Carson Thomas and sponsored by numerous donors, the 23 half-scale saddles at the core of this exhibition tell the story of the American West.  The detailed saddles are augmented by historic and contemporary American Indian textiles from the collection of Steve Getzwiller, as well as other artifacts and artwork.

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Route 66: Recent Creations, Retro Collections

May 28 - October 2, 2016

Focusing on Route 66 in Arizona, the exhibition strives to put the everlasting allure of Route 66 into perspective, showing how the existing Route as well as the route of memory continue to inspire artists today.   In some ways, Route 66 is more popular today than it was a half-century ago during the heyday of automobile travel in the […]

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Maynard Dixon: Beyond the Clouds

December 9, 2016 - March 5, 2017

Lafayette Maynard Dixon (1875-1946) lived during a period of American history that encompassed monumental changes: from the battle of Little Big Horn to the capture of Geronimo, from Arizona statehood to the opening of Route 66. Dixon embraced his moment in time by dedicating a keen artistic eye to recording a rapidly changing West. Dixon’s story is a journey experienced […]

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Marjorie Thomas: Arizona Art Pioneer

May 28 - November 27, 2016

The life and career of Marjorie Thomas (1885-1978) links the chronicle of Arizona’s art and history. Arriving from Massachusetts before statehood, she witnessed at first hand many changes in Scottsdale and the state that became her home. It took grit and determination for an artist to leave the East and move West, and Thomas was a real pioneer. Guest-curated by […]

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Cowgirl Up! Art from the Other Half of the West

March 18 - May 8, 2016

The West’s best women artists, all in one place, all at one time! With more than 200 paintings, drawings, and sculptures, the 11th annual Cowgirl Up! exhibition and sale embraces the full spectrum of Western American art today. Learn more about the artists here.

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All Things are Possible: The Sculptures of Michael Naranjo from the Tia Collection

October 17, 2015 – February 28, 2016

Blinded by a grenade accident during the Vietnam War, sculptor Michael Naranjo taps into many senses to express the intention of his subject’s emotional, compositional and intuitive meaning. Having honed his process by assessing through touch alone the movement and balance exemplary to each sculptural work, he brings his inspired visions to life in this exhibition of touchable bronze sculpture.  […]

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Follow the Thread: Quilts from the Museum’s Permanent Collection

January 9, 2016 – April 17, 2017

An exploration of the art and history of quilt making, featuring highlights from the Museum’s permanent collection ranging from the 1850s through the 1990s. Recent research by the Arizona Quilt Documentation Project sheds light on the makers and techniques represented in the wide variety of quilts that made their way to Wickenburg.   An accompanying catalog is available for purchase in […]

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Is It Western?: Desert Relations: Still Life Photographs by Wayne Norton

December 19, 2015 – February 28, 2016

Roaming the deserts of the American Southwest for the last 30 years, Norton has come into contact with an abundance of discarded man-made items and natural relics. He uses these objects, many of which are on display, to invent new stories that express his views regarding the ethical and environmental matters facing the desert. The exhibition is partially funded by […]

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Hidden Treasures: Western Highlights from the University of Arizona Museum of Art

May 30 – October 4. 2015

Curated into three collections, the exhibition will include paintings of the American West in both traditional and contemporary styles by Frederic Remington, William Robinson Leigh, Jimmy Swinnerton, Ernest Blumenschein, Maynard Dixon, Luis Jimenez, Gunnar Widforss, Peter Hurd, and Carlos Vierra.  The exhibition’s second grouping will feature premier collection of works on paper providing an intimate look at western subjects seen […]

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Wish You Were Here: Bill Green’s Wickenburg Postcards

June 27, 2015 – October 2, 2016

Come ‘out Wickenburg Way’ to experience vintage postcards and town artifacts from establishments like the old Texas Hotel.  Revisit the Wickenburg of the 1940s and ‘50s when this town was a bustling hub of commerce and must-see destination where the intersection of 60 and 93 was the busiest in the state, before I-10 opened.

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Saddles that Shaped the West

June 27, 2015 – October 2, 2016

Though Cowboys & Indians, horses, and cattle herds are regaled as hallmarks of the American West, it was the indispensable western saddle that made the days and weeks of roaming this seemingly untamable terrain possible.  Coming into the forefront of history at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum are the artful, half-scale examples of this indispensable gear created by Wickenburg saddle […]

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West of Center – Wickenburg Art Club Community Curated Show & Sale

July 25 – September 27, 2015

This 4th annual WAC fundraiser will take place from July 25 through September 27 in the DCWM Cultural Crossroads Learning Center.  100% of proceeds from sales benefit members of Wickenburg Art Club, which offers year round opportunities for artists of all ages and experience levels to explore an array of creative pursuits. Featuring pastels, watercolor and oil painting, ceramic work, […]

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A Piece of Enchanted Land: Ceramic Traditions from New Mexico Pottery

January 10, 2015 – January 3, 2016

A collection of distinctive pottery pieces reflecting the traditions, landscape and geography of the diverse New Mexico Pueblo an cultures of the desert southwest.  These peoples have lived on and with the land for at least a millennium. This exhibition in the Museum’s Cultural Crossroads Learning Center showcases their pottery to convey key details about the mineral content, hand-build methodology, […]

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Treasures Seldom Seen: Work from the Museum’s Permanent Collection

July 1, 2014 – November 2, 2015

This year we’re truly emptying the vaults for a large renovation of our storage areas as the final segment of the recent capital campaign. As a result, you’ll have a chance to see lots of art and artifacts that are usually hidden away. From now until early October is your chance to see them! All of the Catlin prints and […]

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