This exhibit features more than 100 works from the late 19th century through the present representing women in the American West. While artists in the 1800s often depicted women as victims, passive observers, or passengers in the settlement of the west, subsequent portrayals show women in more active roles. Through the 20th century, women were portrayed as performers in Wild West shows and rodeos, as workers on farms and ranches, and as brave and heroic "pioneer mother" figures. The exhibit features paintings and sculptures that show these complex portrayals of women and honors the sacrifices of the "Madonnas of the Prairie" who endured the countless hardships of life in the American West.
Funded project of the Oklahoma Humanities Council. The Oklahoma Humanities Council is an educational nonprofit affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities.