• Friends of Western Art
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    Friends of Western Art promotes awareness of the art of the American West. We do this through underwriting and educational programs and providing support to both established and emerging western artists...
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    The main purpose of Friends of Western Art is to support the awareness of western art in Tucson and Southern Arizona. To this end, members are proud to accomplish this goal...
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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 $25,000 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


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


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


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


Annual BBQ

Save the Date!

FWA Annual BBQ set for Saturday April 13, 2019

Dinner, live music, dancing, silent auction, and a whole lot more in an absolutely beautiful setting: The Casitas at Smokey Springs.
A must not miss event!

Friends of Western Art 2018 Artist Spotlight

Daniel Ramirez

Daniel Ramirez, a certified descendant of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan, has won several awards across America in prestigious art competitions. He has been well recognized for his work in watercolors and acrylics and for his drawings in charcoal and pastels. His most ambitious undertaking is The World’s Longest Native American Painting, consisting of nine panels (and growing) with portraits of dozens and dozens of Indigenous women from across the United States.

Become a Part of Our Family

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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