March 9th:

Aline Goodman's Young Artist Awards

Group Photo of Young Artist Award Artists

The “Aline Goodman Young Artist Awards”:
FWA Director Emeritus Aline Goodman passed away in January 2021. She was a founding member of FWA 40 years ago and was a Board Member and Secretary of our organization for many of those years.

Besides being an accomplished artist, Aline was a passionate advocate of Western Art and a true friend to many Western artists. She was also a supporter of young artists developing their skills and expressing themselves in Western themes. We think adding her name to our Annual Young Artist Awards is an appropriate way to honor her memory.

On March 9th, 2024, twenty-four finalists (entries are featured in poster photos below) will be recognized at the Book Festival’s special awards presentation, featuring childrens' book illustrator and author Adam Rex with introduction by past multi "Young Artist Award" winner Brett Lewis. In addition, all Young Artist contest winners will be awarded a $100 art supply gift card, a commemorative poster, and the Young Authors and Young Artists Anthology of Winners.

The Tucson Festival of Books celebrates books and literacy at the fourth-largest book festival in the country. This two-day event features more than 300 presentations, 200 exhibitors, and countless opportunities to meet authors, poets, screenwriters, and journalists. Once again, the 2024 Festival featured book signings, panel discussions, staged entertainment, food vendors, children’s and Science City programming, and dozens of free activities for all ages on the University of Arizona Mall.

Venue Info: University of Arizona Mall

March 5th:
First Tuesday

Guest Speaker:
Willam Hook
2013 FWA Artist of the Year

Black and white image of William Hook, 2013 Artist of The Year recipient, in his studio

The American landscape is William Hook’s inspiration. Large skies, low horizons, distant mountains, 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 magazines Southwest Art, Art of the West, U.S. Art, American Artist, 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 influences on the western art scene. In addition, publishers Harper-Collins and North Light have included his work in numerous books written about the contemporary art process in Europe and America.

William Hook’s background in art began at home. It was through the influence of his father and grandmother, a professional photographer and architect respectively, that art became second nature to him. Other family members were art historian Bainbridge Bunting, prominent Italian painters Gino and Bertha Venanzi, as well as Pulitzer Prize winning author, Willa Cather. When the discussion of art arose at the Hook household, there was never a lack of opinions and interests. "I was always encouraged to try new media, and that is one reason why I still paint in acrylic. My grandmother would find materials in art stores or would have read about a newly developed medium and I would be the art guinea pig."

Autumn Riders painting by William Hook

Autumn Riders
WIlliam Hook


After having attended classes at the Kansas Art Institute, Hook left his hometown of Kansas City to continue his study of fine art at the University of New Mexico. Hook went on to complete his formal education at the Universita Per Straniere (Perugia, Italy) and the Art Center College of Design (Los Angeles, CA). It was his time spent in New Mexico where the scenery made an indelible impression on the aspiring artist, so much so, that he returned to make it his home and frequent subject. "I have painted all over the United States and Europe and continue to find New Mexico at the center of my work."

Mr. Hook’s paintings can be found in the permanent collections of the Denver Art Museum, the Tucson Museum of Art, the University of New Mexico, and the Genesee Museum, NY. In addition, Hook’s work is featured in prints for the New Mexico Symphony, Music from Angel Fire, and the Santa Fe Opera.


Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Buffet dinner at 6 p.m.

Menu

Pot Roast with Peppercorn Gravy
Lemon Thyme Chicken
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Roasted Carrots
Club Green Salad
Rolls & Butter

FWA Members $60
Non-FWA Members $75


Williams's Presentation:

From 7 – 8 p.m.

Includes presentation, coffee/tea, and light desserts.

FWA Members $20
Non-FWA Members $35


Payment must be included with all reservations to guarantee your spot. Reservation deadline is Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at noon.

There are no refunds if you are unable to keep your reservation.

To cancel, please call (520) 907-2885 or email info@friendsofwesternart.org

Venue Info: 6400 E El Dorado Plaza Tucson, AZ 85715