2013 Artist of the Year
William Hook Named Friends of Western Art 2013 Artist of the Year
The American landscape is William Hook’s inspiration. Large skies, low horizons, distant mountains, coastal views, and textured foregrounds are expressed in his paintings with broad brushstrokes of vivid color. His work is distinctive and stands out from the crowd of today’s genre of landscape painters.
The national magazines Southwest Art, Art of the West, U.S. Art, American Artist and local publications, Carmel Magazine and Focus Santa Fe, have featured Hook’s work in cover articles that proclaim his importance as a leading landscape painter. The book, “Leading the West” by Donald Hagerty, features William Hook as one of the notable influence on the western art scene.
The Friends of Western Art's first annual Louise Serpa Western and Rodeo Photo Contest was a great success with over 140 images submitted!
To learn more and see the top three finishers, click here.
Supporting Western Art since 1981
Incorporated in 1981, the Friends of Western Art (FWA) is dedicated to supporting awareness of and promoting Western Art in Tucson and Southern Arizona.
FWA raises funds for education and various projects through such means as the annual Artist of the Year Dinner, the sale of signed lithographs, and the "First Tuesday" lecture series.
We are committed to helping Western artists of all ages grow through various programs including underwriting, mentoring, scholarships, and individual financial assistance.
Featured auction item during the 2013 Artist of the Year event by William Hook
FWA offers scholarships and grants to deserving art students and has contributed to two major public sculptures: "Soldado de Cuero" by Buck McCain for El Presidio Park and "Chief Trumpeter" by Dan Bates for Fort Lowell Park.
In October of 2003, FWA presented a bronze sculpture, "Visions of Change" by John Coleman, CAA, to the Tucson Museum of Art. In 2005, FWA contributed to the Wyatt Earp & "Doc" Holliday bronze statue at the restored Tucson Rail Depot.
April 13, 2013
Trip to the Amerind Museum for opening of the FWA Art Exhibition in the newly refurbished art gallery
April 18, 2013
Annual Membership Meeting and Dinner at Tanque Verde Guest Ranch
May 7, 2013
"First Tuesday" with cowgirl photographer Jamie Williams whose work has appeared in Conde' Nast, Fortune, Forbes, Town & Country and Travel & Leisure.
When not on assignment, she continues her work on American Cowgirl; a multi-media documentary honoring the spirit of women and horses.
"First Tuesday" Events
Join your FWA friends and special guests for a wonderful evening of art and entertainment at the Mountain Oyster (MO) Club!
A dinner buffet is available to FWA members for $40.00 (which includes the lecture) beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Lectures begin at 7:00 p.m. -- the charge for the lecture only is $10.00 for FWA Members and $20.00 for Non-members.
To reserve your space for the lecture:
Please RSVP to Beth at: email@example.com
To join us for the buffet:
-Non-members of the MO Club MUST make reservations through Beth at the email above.
-MO Club members should make reservations directly with the MO Club.
FWA and the Amerind Foundation
The Friends of Western Art is proud of its ongoing association with the Amerind Foundation in their mission of preserving both Native American and Western art.