DURING THE CURRENT COVID 19 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC, THE MUSEUM IS CLOSED AND PROGRAMMING HAS BEEN CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. BUT CONTINUE TO WATCH FOR UPDATES TO OUR HOURS AND EVENTS AS CIRCUMSTANCES CHANGE.
FREE Youth & Adult Art Workshop
Free Range Art
Saturday, March 7th at 10AM
Join us as we open our treasure chest of art supplies and allow participants to let their imaginations run wild through the creative process. Each workshop will focus on a different medium and adults are also invited to this fun filled, hands on art activity. And while drop ins are welcome, if possible, please RSVP at (928)778-1385.
Arizona Cowboy Poets
Saturday, March 7th at 1PM
During this special heritage program, some of the talented poets and singers with the Arizona Cowboy Poets will be on hand to share their unique brand of western entertainment, including an introduction to their organization, an overview of our local ranching history, a presentation by cowboy poet, Don Fernwalt, a Mayer resident and past recipient of the Gail I. Gardner Award. Also included is a special performance by Will Play for Hay, a Prescott group dedicated to preserving our western culture through music of the cowboy, rancher and the American West. Their members include Linda Lee Filener, Jim Walkley, Tom Walker and Joe Konkel. The Arizona Cowboy Poets have maintained a standard that has been abandoned by most other gatherings: that of inviting men and women who are now or have been in the past a part of the working cowboy’s environment and workplace. It continues to be respected by cowboy poets as one of the best gatherings in the country because they’ve done so much to maintain the true “working cowboy” culture and heritage.
Art and Wine – A Perfect Pairing
Thursday, March 19th, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Reservations required: $35 per person
Must be 21 or older to participate
All materials are provided
Join us for another special evening of art and fun with this two-hour excursion for those who enjoy wine but may know nothing about painting. Discover hidden wells of creativity as artist and Education Coordinator, Neal McEwen, leads you through the step-by-step process of creating your own original Western-themed acrylic painting. An evening of fun, wine and dessert appetizers will result in a painting that is finished and suitable for framing.
The Shadow Catchers: 150 Years of Arizona Photography with Jim Turner
Saturday, March 14th at 1PM
For more than a century and a half some of the world's best photographers focused their lenses on Arizona. In addition to the renowned Edward S. Curtis, Kate Cory lived with the Hopi and represented them in photographs and on canvas, while C. S. Fly gave us the famous Geronimo pictures. In the 20th century Josef Muench's photos brought the movies to Monument Valley, Dorothea Lange captured Dust Bowl families, Barry Goldwater depicted Navajo and Hopi culture, and Ansel Adams glorified Arizona's skies, canyons, and mesas. This presentation's powerful images make the land and its people come alive. You won't want to miss this visual feast.
The Amazing Life & Art of Charile Russell with Tom Fox - CANCELLED
Saturday, March 28th from 1-2:30PM
This very special presentation will explore the life of the iconic cowboy artist, Charlie Russell. It will include a detailed PowerPoint presentation that features an incredibly rich sampling of his outstanding artwork. The program concludes with a lively Question and Answer period.
Arizona for Newcomers with Gregory McNamee - CANCELLED
Saturday, April 18th at 1PM
What is it that makes Arizona unique, that gives it a different flavor from neighboring New Mexico, California, Utah, Colorado, Sonora, and Chihuahua? In part the answer lies in Arizona’s longstanding habit of absorbing influences from its neighbors in matters such as architecture, music, and cuisine, incorporating them into an already vibrant tradition made up of influences taken from around the globe, and serving up a blend of visual arts, literature, and folk life that is unlike any other. In part it’s because Arizonans, throughout history, have insisted on being different—and in surprising and delightful ways.
Tailored to newcomers to Arizona, this humor-laden talk is an introduction to those various traditions and to sources for the further exploration of Arizona’s culture and all the things that make it unlike any other. This special presentation is offered in thoughtful collaboration with Arizona Humanities’ Speaker’s Bureau, AZ Speaks.
17th Annual Miniature Masterpiece Show & Sale
in the James Gallery
May 1st-31st, 2020
This year marks the 17th anniversary of our Miniature Masterpiece Show & Sale. A unique and successful sale-by-draw event, it features more than 60 of the biggest names in the world of American Western Art. And beginning on Friday, May 1st, the artwork will be on display at the museum and our website.
Miniature Masterpiece Reception
Friday, May 22nd, 2020 at 7PM
A special mini masterpiece preview and catered reception will be held on Friday, May 22nd at 7PM, featuring an amazing collection of reasonably priced miniature pieces. To place an intent-to-purchase, interested buyers can visit or contact the museum between May 1st and the drawing date on Monday, May 25th at 11AM.
Miniature Masterpiece Sale by Draw
Monday, May 25th, 2020 at 11AM
Come by anytime during May to view these unique mastepieces and,if you see one you like, you can fill out an Intent-to-Purchase form. During the annual Show & Sale admission is free to the museum, so come take a look. Images of miniature art will also be available on our website beginning May 1st.
PAWs: Phippen Award Winners-Small Art to Go
in the Lower Level Gallery
May 2nd-June 7th, 2020
This 3rd annual show and sale called PAWs, or Phippen Award Winners: Small Art to Go, is comprised of artwork created by award-winning artists from the past 3 presentations of our outdoor western art show. These amazing pieces can be purchased at any time between May 2nd and June 7th and immediately taken home to enjoy.
The Grand Canyon Project's Wild West Historical Show with Meagan Gipson & Debbie Gipson
Saturday, May 16th at 1PM
This multi-media, Wild West presentation is a journey back to the beginnings of Grand Canyon tourism. Join fifth-generation Arizona native and singer/songwriter, Meagan Gipson, and her mom, author Debbie Gipson, as they share stories and songs about their family’s long legacy of Arizona history and early, desert trailblazing.
This live performance features songs from Meagan’s album, readings from Debbie’s book, vintage staging and a historic slide show, all based on their ancestors. Learn more about William Wallace Bass who founded one of the first camps at the Grand Canyon. Hear about Ada Diefendorf-Bass who kept a diary for fifty years of daily life experiences living at the Grand Canyon. Be introduced to Bert Lauzon, the third member on the famous Kolb Brothers’ “moving pictures” expedition along the Colorado River, as he later became one of the first GC Park Rangers as well as a constable.
Experience the past through a multi-sensory tour designed around art, music, storytelling and imagery, getting to know the people who fell in love with one of the Seven Wonders of the World. You won’t want to miss this very special heritage programming.
46th Annual Western Art Show & Sale on Memorial Day Weekend
at the Yavapai County Courthouse in historic downtown Prescott, Arizona
Saturday & Sunday, May 23rd & 24th from 9AM to 5PM and
Monday, May 25th from 9AM to 3PM
Our annual Western Art Show & Sale is a much-anticipated Memorial Day weekend tradition that has lasted nearly 50 years. It’s an extremely popular event that entices art enthusiasts, Western collectors and tourists from far and wide. But it also draws some of the nation’s most talented artists. In fact, many of today’s most well-known Western artists got their start as juried participants in this annual art event.
Artists from across the country display and sell artwork in oil, watercolor, acrylic, mixed media, pastel, sculpture and drawing. And although this annual juried show features well established artists, up-and-comers who create outstanding ‘Art of the American West’ will also be well represented. This offers visitors a great opportunity to see some of the best examples of Western art in America today (both traditional and contemporary), while also providing the chance to purchase pieces directly from the masters and meet participating artists in an informal, outdoor setting.
Artist Quick Draw Challenges
on the North steps of the Yavapai County Courthouse
Saturday & Sunday, May 23rd & 24th at 2PM
The Phippen’s Quick Draw art challenges will take place on Saturday and Sunday in front of a large, enthusiastic crowd. More than 20 participating artists are tasked with creating a finished piece of artwork in only 60 minutes. These amazing pieces are then immediately auctioned off to onlookers while the paint’s still wet. But these special art events are very well attended, so you’ll want to get there early to find a good spot to watch the artistic spectacle of artists ‘under the gun’.
Artist Meet n' Greet Dinner
at the Phippen Museum
Saturday , May 23rd at 5:30PM
An exciting evening of Western fun will take place at our Artist Meet ‘n Greet Dinner on Saturday, May 23rd. While mingling with participating show artists and exploring the current exhibitions, guests will also enjoy refreshments, a delicious ranch-style dinner by Big Daddy E’s and live western entertainment by Mystery Train. Seating for this event is $30 per person and can be reserved by calling the museum at (928)778-1385.
Artist Award Ceremony
on the North steps of the Yavapai County Courthouse
Sunday , May 24th at 11AM
This special Award Ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 25th at 11AM. Taking place on the north courthouse steps in downtown Prescott, this presentation is offered in an effort to recognize and celebrate the tremendous skill and effort of the Show’s outstanding participating artists. And with awards being presented in 10 different categories, including The George Phippen Memorial Foundation Award, Phippen Family Award and People’s Choice Award, the public is encouraged to attend and show their support.
Arizona Cowboy Poets
Saturday, March 7th at 1PM
This is another special heritage program featuring some of the talented poets and singers with the Arizona Cowboy Poets. They'll be on hand to share their unique brand of western entertainment, including an introduction to their organization and an overview of our local ranching history. The Arizona Cowboy Poets have maintained a standard that has been abandoned by most other gatherings: that of inviting men and women who are now or have been in the past a part of the working cowboy’s environment and workplace. It continues to be respected by cowboy poets as one of the best gatherings in the country because they’ve done so much to maintain the true “working cowboy” culture and heritage. Free for museum members and guests with paid admission.
Constellation Trail Nature Hike with Highland Center for Natural History Naturalist, John Mangimeli
Meet at the Phippen, then head out to the Constellation Trail
Saturday, July 25th at 9AM
MEMBERS ONLY - Limited to 20 people
"How do they do it? In a semi-arid area like Prescott, how do plants and animals find enough water to survive? Join HCNH naturalist, John Mangemimeli, on a stroll along the Constellation Trail and learn some of the many adaptations that plants and animals have evolved to acquire and store enough water to survive in this land of little rain. Meet in the Lower Level Gallery in the Phippen Museum for an introduction and then head out to the trail together.
John Mangimeli was a naturalist with the National Park Service for 34 years. He served at seven National Park areas. He has been a volunteer naturalist for the Highlands Center for the past ten years."
PLEASE NOTE: This event is for Museum Members only and has a limited capacity of 20 people. So be sure to contact the museum's Education Coordinator, Neal McEwen, to reverve your special spot today. (928)778-1385
*PLEASE NOTE: There is a 15% fee for cancellations up to 1 week before paid programming; no refunds are given after that time. (All refunds will be dispersed by check.)