FWA Hosted its Best BBQ Yet!

On April 22, 2023, FWA hosted 180 attendees and raised over $36,000 net income at our Annual BBQ at the Casitas at Smokey Springs ranch. These net proceeds will go to support FWA’s Teacher Art Supply Grant program that impacts thousands of students who might not otherwise be introduce to Western Art. Thanks to all who were a part of our event’s success. Click here to see more photos and our recognition page.

Another Successful First Tuesday Season

FWA’s First Tuesdays will resume after summer hiatus on October 3, 2023. Meanwhile, you can watch our previsouly-filmed lectures on FWA’s YouTube channel. Click Here!

TFOB/ FWA's' 2023 "Aline Goodman Young Artist Awards" Announced!

The Tucson Festival of Books / FWA’s “Aline Goodman Young Artist Awards” ceremony was held on Saturday, March 4, 2023 at the University of Arizona.

For more info and a closer look at this year’s student award-winning entries,  CLICK HERE

The Story of FWA

Our History

In 1981, a group of Tucsonans, who shared an excitement about the depth and diversity of the Art of the American West, formed Friends of Western Art (FWA), a non-profit organization. In the 40 years since its inception, FWA has sponsored a legacy of artists and events that has enriched…

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How to Get Involved

We are a focused, energetic, and fun group. Members enjoy the camaraderie of fellow FWA members in a variety of activities that promote Western Art. There are trips to museums, art auctions, educational programs, monthly dinners and our annual Western BBQ…

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Community Contributions

Over the past 18 years, FWA has raised and donated over $660,000 to support our mission.

Major categories of funding include…

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First Tuesdays

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

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Special Events

Yearly events include BBQ Fundraiser, participation at the Tucson Festival of Books, Artist Spotlight & more…

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Annual Art Exhibition

Melvin C. Warren “Up the Goodnight Trail,” 1964.

Since our funding assistance with Amerind Museum’s Fulton-Hayden Memorial Art Gallery revitalization….

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Become a Part of Our Family

FWA’s programs change, but the theme remains the same. Western Art is a journey that describes art through time. As a member, you will help shape and influence the contemporary rendition of Western Art for future generations. We hope you will consider joining and be a part of the future of Western Art.

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