Council Bluffs artist Andrew Peters attends the 50th Annual Prize of the West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.
This is the 16th year that Peters has participated in the Western Art exhibit, which features original works ranging from historical depictions of the American West to more contemporary, impressionistic pieces that feature landscapes, wildlife and illustrative scenes. .
At the 2015 Prix de West, Peters received the Purchase Award, which is given to the artist whose artwork is selected by the Prix de West Committee and purchased for the museum’s permanent collection.
Peters grew up in Council Bluffs and took art lessons as a child at the Joslyn Art Museum. His father often took young Andrew with him on hunting trips, which captured his imagination. He then studied wildlife biology and art at Iowa State University before moving to Santa Fe, New Mexico to pursue his career in painting.
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He traveled the world, painting landscapes in places as diverse as Italy, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Peru and Romania, before returning to where he grew up.
His studio is located in the Loess Hills, outside Council Bluffs. It overlooks the wetlands he created as a wildlife sanctuary and for scenic beauty.
Peters is one of 94 American and international artists whose work is on display at the museum. Three of the four paintings he brought to the exhibition sold for over $60,000.
The annual exhibition and sale is the museum’s largest annual fundraiser. Last year’s sale raised more than $2.8 million to help support the museum’s exhibits and programming.
The exhibition started on June 2 and will continue until August 7. For more information or to take a virtual tour of the exhibition, visit nationalcowboymuseum.org/prixdewest.