Exhibitions / Past

Congressional Art Competition

April 26 - May 4, 2019

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated. The Desert Caballeros Western Museum will host an exhibition of work from Arizona’s 4th District from April 26 – […]

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Day of the Dead

October 26 - November 5, 2018

The Museum again collaborates with Wickenburg High School students to create an ofrenda in celebration of Día de los Muertos. Students will be creating Empty Chairs this year to complement the ofrenda. Events Friday, Oct. 29 | Friday on Frontier

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Desert Caballeros Express

December 1, 2018 - January 13, 2019

This annual tradition installed by Museum volunteers is displayed in the Cultural Crossroads Learning Center.   Events Saturday, Jan. 5 | Family Fun Day: Trains

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Cowgirl Up! Art from the Other Half of the West Exhibition and Sale

March 29 - May 12, 2019

50+ of the West’s best women artists, all in one place, at one time! With more than 200 paintings, drawings and sculptures created by women artists, the 14th annual Cowgirl Up! exhibition and sale embraces the full spectrum of Western American art today. Cowgirl Up! turns the spotlight squarely on women’s voices and perspectives, serving up a new, deeper understanding […]

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John Coleman: Bronze and Beyond

December 14, 2018 - March 10, 2019

Modern Western master John Coleman has expanded his repertoire well beyond his original bronzes to include paintings and drawings, as seen in this exhibition drawn from several private collections, including Coleman’s own personal collection and the collection of Frankie and Howard Alper.   Events Thursday, Dec. 13 | Members’ Event: Bronze and Beyond Opening Reception Friday, Dec. 14 | Artist’s […]

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Wagons West

December 8, 2018 - March 10, 2019

Chuck wagons and Conestogas, freight wagons and stagecoaches all played important roles in the settling of the West as seen in the paintings, sculpture, and artifacts on loan from several private collections, primarily those of Betsy and Myron Deibel and Betty and Tom Watt.   Events Saturday, Dec. 8 | Family Fun Day: Wagons West Thursday, Dec. 13 | Members’ […]

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West of Center: Highlights from the Wickenburg Art Club

July 28 - October 28, 2018

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 Museum […]

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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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The West Observed: The Art of Howard Post

July 20 - November 25, 2018

In his artistic representations, Howard Post is continually inspired by his experiences from living in the American West. A third-generation Arizonan, Post utilizes traditional Western themes in his paintings based on what he knows: ranching and the rodeo. Over his 30-year career, he has become one of the foremost contemporary Western painters of the twenty-first century, concentrating on images of […]

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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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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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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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