The Horse in Art

July 13, 2024 – June 8, 2025

To be on view in the Cultural Crossroads Learning Center. More details to come.

Exhibit members’ only opening: Friday, July 12, 2024. 

Featured image: Alonzo (Lon) Megargee, The Drum (detail), oil on board, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Miller, DCWM collection.

The horse holds an iconic status in Western art, symbolizing power, freedom, and untamed spirit. From ancient cave paintings to contemporary masterpieces, artists have been captivated by the horse’s grace and strength. In Western art, horses often serve as central figures in scenes of dominance, exploration, and frontier life, reflecting the rugged spirit of the American West. Their muscular forms and flowing manes are rendered with meticulous detail, conveying both the beauty and raw energy of these magnificent creatures. Whether charging into battle or galloping across vast landscapes, the horse in Western art represents the enduring bond between humanity and the natural world, embodying the essence of adventure and the unyielding pursuit of freedom and survival. Indigenous peoples were know for their human and equine bond, and were widely observed as expert riders due to this undeniable partnership. This exhibition will draw from the DCWM’s collections and some loaned material. Sculpture will also be featured.