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    Santos Barbosa was born and raised in McAllen, Texas. He has resided in Tucson since the 1960’s. He has drawn sketches of people and places since he was a young man....
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    Incorporated in 1981 as an Arizona 501(C)3 nonprofit organization, FWA is dedicated to supporting awareness of and promoting Western Art in Tucson and Southern Arizona and raising funds for education and...
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The Story of FWA

Who are we?

Incorporated in 1981, the Friends of Western Art (FWA) is dedicated to supporting awareness of and promoting Western Art in Tucson and Southern Arizona and raising funds for education and various projects…

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What we do for the community:

Minimum $30,000 per year

In Grants & Scholarships

Friends of Western Art (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. FWA is committed to helping Western artists of all ages grow through various programs including underwriting, mentoring, scholarships, and individual financial assistance…

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Special Events

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On the first Tuesday of most months, join us for a fun and entertaining evening with a well-known local western artist!  Artists typically share insights…

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Annual Events

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Yearly events include: annual membership meeting, Artist of the Year celebration, participation at the Tucson Festival of Books & more…

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Presentation Videos

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See clips of the First Tuesday artist talks in which artists share their inspiration and history with FWA members..

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Friends of Western Art 2017 Artist of the Year

Santos Barbosa

was born and raised in McAllen, Texas. He has resided in Tucson since the 1960’s. He has drawn sketches of people and places since he was a young man. While he has taken a few art classes as an adult, he is largely self taught. He honed and grew his skills as a fine artist while working as a sign painter for Pima County to support his family.  Through the years, his oil and acrylic paintings of cowboy and native American scenes, historical buildings, missions, stagecoaches and trains have developed a wide following. He won second place at the Phippen Show in Prescott in 1992. More recently, he won Best of Show at the Empire Ranch Show in 2011 and the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum- Four Corners Gallery Show in 2015.

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Friends of Western Art’s purpose is to support the awareness of western art in Tucson and Southern Arizona. To Our members are proud to accomplish this goal through educational funding and assistance to young and emerging western artists, as well as support, underwriting, and assistance to civic projects, to public art programs and to special western art exhibitions.

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