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, and in 2023 we celebrate the 50th annual 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 Historic Veterinary Hospital at Ft. Robinson State Park.
Fort Robinson State Park permit is required. Limited handicapped parking is available.
Please leave pets at home - service animals are welcome.
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.