Master artist Curt Walters of Sedona, Arizona, finds himself as in-demand for his insightful lectures as for his world famous paintings of the Grand Canyon, nowadays.
He was recently tapped to deliver a special seminar to the Board of Trustees during the 2009 Masters of the American West expo, at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles. The presentation was accompanied by a slide show featuring over 350 images, most of which are paintings.
This eye-opening discourse documents the deteriorating air quality through the eyes of America’s most cherished artists, past and present. More than ten years ago, Walters began to notice a difference in the air quality captured over two decades of his own paintings. He quickly realized that he might find the same visible evidence within the bodies of artwork by other plein air painters.
Walters has been invited back next year for a public symposium to coincide with the 2010 Masters show. He will also lecture at the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Georgia, during a Grand Canyon show sponsored by the museum. Walters’ best-recognized piece, “National Treasure,” will be loaned to the museum by the National Park Service for the duration of the show.
September 11 will find the artist at the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis, at his most anticipated exhibition of the year. As the winner of the Artist of Distinction at the 2008 Quest for the West show, Walters will be honored with a special 90-day, one-man show in the Paul Wing of the museum, where he will again be called upon to deliver his thought provoking speech.
Then Walters will rush back across country for the Modern Masters show to be held at the Grand Canyon September 14 – 19, which includes a unique plein air painting event. After the show, he will host a special gathering of friends and fellow artists, sponsored by the Scottsdale Art School.
Walters is a regular at Western Art’s big three shows, Prix de West at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, as well as Masters of the American West and Quest for the West. He has been the recipient of more than a dozen major awards since 1998, including the 2007 Prix de West Purchase Award and the 2008 Trustees’ Purchase Award from Masters. His work is found in museums, and public and private collections throughout the world.
For inquiries about joining the gathering of friends and artists, contact the Scottsdale Art School.