Over the past decade, Sedona artist Curt Walters has become a phenomenon he only dared dream of as a struggling young painter. As an encore to his record-setting win at this year’s Prix de West, Walters scored a new pair of accolades from the second annual Quest for the West Art Show and Sale at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, located in Indianapolis, Indiana.
“September Afternoon at Lake O’Hara” was the show’s big winner, given both the Victor Higgins Award of Distinction for the best individual work of the show, and the Patrons’ Choice Award, selected by the large body of collectors in attendance. The awards were presented by John Vanausdall, president and CEO of the museum, at a dinner banquet held after the Saturday sale. Walters said, “So many of my past awards come from Grand Canyon paintings, so it feels good to be recognized for my other subject matter.”
This year’s show, which runs through October 7, features four pieces by Walters, including one of his “signature” paintings of the Grand Canyon and a view of Mingus Mountain, just 15 miles south of his Sedona home. Lake O’Hara, subject of the winning piece, is nestled in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, in Yoho National Park. The fourth piece overlooked the Oregon coast.
In June, Walters was honored with the coveted Prix de West Purchase Award, as well as his third Nona Jean Hulsey Buyers’ Choice Award. In 2004 and 2005, the artist won the Frederic Remington Painting Award, an accomplishment never before achieved in the 34 year run of the show. Walters has also won Patron’s Choice Awards from the Masters of the American West show at the Autry Museum in Los Angeles, and the Artists of America show in Denver, in addition to the Best Overall Presentation Award from the first annual Quest for the West.
Long regarded at the “greatest living Grand Canyon artist,” the September/October 2007 issue of Wildlife Art Magazine dubbed Walters “Master of the Grand Canyon.” Two of his Grand Canyon’s are part of the permanent collection at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, and a plethora of celebrities collect his work, including Christopher “Kip” Forbes, Kareem Abdul Jabar, and the late Merv Griffin.
For more than 25 years, Walters’ works have been found at the Trailside Galleries of Scottsdale, Arizona, and Jackson, Wyoming. He is also represented by the Glaggett/Rey Gallery in Vail, Colorado. Please visit www.curtwalters.com for more information about Walters’ conservation efforts, upcoming shows, or how to obtain original artwork or reprints.