THE WESTERN & WILDLIFE ART SHOW is LIVE each year July 2nd through July 4th, at Fort Robinson State Park, Nebraska. The Western & Wildlife Art Show is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation under the name Fort Robinson Centennial, Inc. The Art Show has been an annual event since 1973 - in 2023 we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the show.
Local, regional and out-of-state artists apply and are vetted by the Board of Directors, bringing the finest quality workmanship to the show year after year.
Highlights of the show are the “Chairman’s Choice” artist, who becomes the “Featured Artist” for the following year. “Best of Show” is chosen by a judge from outside the show, and “People’s Choice” is a selection of art voted on by patrons of the show. Awards will be displayed on the 4th for viewing by public.
Always a favorite, The Children’s Wall of Art Contest is July 3rd from 10am - 12noon for age groups 2 to 18 years old. Registration includes a permission slip and a small fee for materials to create a piece of art on-site, with no supervision - only support - from parents. Awards will be presented at 1pm after the judge selects 3 winners in each age group.
The Western & Wildlife Art Show proudly presents juried art of over twenty artists from across the country. The gallery will be opened at no charge for guests to walk through, 9am - 7pm July 2nd and 3rd, and 9am - 5pm July 4th. Artists have a wide variety of their work for sale in their individual booths.
We hope you will join us to experience this iconic local event, held in the Veterinary Hospital at Historic Ft. Robinson State Park.
A Fort Robinson State Park permit is required - vilolators will be ticketed by Park Police.
Limited handicapped parking is available.
PLEASE LEAVE PETS AT HOME - service animals are welcome.
Wade won the coveted Chairman's Choice award at the 2023 Western & Wildlife Art Show. This honor makes him the 2024 Show's Featured Artist
Wade Friedlan is an artist from Scottsbluff, Nebraska with a passion for painting the beauty of the landscape surrounding him.
He is self-taught, with over 33 years of experience.
In his pursuit of a deeper understanding of light and shadow, his medium of choice is oils. Painting has given him many professional art mentors--most notably, a 10 year apprenticeship with Ziya Nuri Sever, MFA.
Wade has shown in many art exhibitions throughout the Wyobraska region for over 25 years,
and is especially proud of his work in The Poudre Valley Artist League 1995 National Exhibition.
Wade’s art is a combination of his love for traditional oil techniques as well as his love for the legacy of the West. He finds Western art endlessly fascinating and challenging. He will often go into the great outdoors, immersing himself in his subject matter.
Wade loves nature, history, and Western culture. Each painting is a window into what he finds beautiful about the west -- the paradoxical calm and severity of the prairie -- the fascinating place he calls home.
Pictured here at left is his 2024 Featured Artwork, Country Besties.
Virginia Coudron, an award-winning artist from Brookings, South Dakota, displays her artwork at many shows in the Midwest. Virginia works in oils, acrylic and pencil using a representational style depicting western, historical, wildlife, landscapes, as well as a contemporary series called The Human Land TM - original art depicting the human form as a part of the land and nature. She has previously won The Western Wildlife Art Show's Best of Show and People’s Choice awards. Her works can be found in galleries and private collections across the Midwest and Europe.
Below is her gorgeous Featured Artist piece for the 2023 show,
Wisdom of the Past
Virginia works for South Dakota State University, University Relations as a publication’s designer. She is also a founding member of ARTIST RIDETM, an invitation-only event for contemporary western artists who meet once a year on the Shearer ranch near Wall, South Dakota. The event features historical re-enactments as reference materials for use by artists. ARTIST RIDETM has been featured on television in the US and Europe and has been written up in the Smithsonian, Art of the West, Southwest Art and many other magazines.