Kit Moncrief Galleries and It’s Never Just a Horse™ exhibition
The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame reopened its second floor after completing a $5.5 million renovation that began in early 2018. As the only museum in the world dedicated to honoring women of the American West who have displayed extraordinary courage in their trailblazing efforts, the extensive renovation continues to explore the special bond among the horse, women, and the West, as viewed through the lens of many Cowgirl Hall of Fame Honorees.
Western Design Room
This immersive room allows the visitor to interact with the Museum’s extensive collection by digitally creating their own boot, shirt or horse which is then projected onto a wall.
Bucking Bronc Room
Test your bronc riding skills on the renovated bronc ride by saddling up! You will be superimposed into real rodeo footage, and you can email or text your clip.
Hitting the Mark: Cowgirls and Wild West Shows Galleries
The Hitting the Mark: Cowgirls and Wild West Shows Gallery displays the historical significance of the cowgirls who performed in the Wild West shows from the 1880s to early 20th century. Visitors will be able to:
- View archival footage projected on several hanging glass screens and colorful images of Wild West posters
- Glass showcases featuring rare artifacts including Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show parade flag, which is preserved by a Tru Vue Optium Conservation Grant from the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation and Tru Vue, Inc.
- Interactive activities for adults and children as well as computer-enhanced archival photographs that uniquely bring the time period to life
- Annie Oakley shares her story in her own words through the magic of hologram technology
- In addition, her wedding ring, hand written letters, and the one of the shotguns she used while traveling with Buffalo Bill Wild West Show are on display
Anne W. Marion Gallery
The Anne W. Marion Gallery opened May 2015. The gallery is named after 2005 Cowgirl Honoree Anne Windfohr Marion in honor of her steadfast support of the Western lifestyle and preservation of Western heritage as well as her patronage of the arts. This space is designed for rotating exhibitions, that host honoree exhibitions, traveling exhibition, and others. See below under Past Exhibitions to view exhibits that have been displayed in this gallery.
Currently 2007 Cowgirl Honoree Donna Howell-Sickles “The Trail of the Cowgirl” exhibition is currently in the Anne W. Marion Gallery until September 2019.
Hard Twist: Western Ranch Women by Barbara Van Cleve
Exhibition of 62 black and white photographs celebrating the lives of ranch women from the norther Rockies to the Mexican border. Additional artifacts available from featured women upon request.
The Cowgirl Who Became a Justice: Sandra Day O’Connor
The exhibition features family and public-life photos, ranch artifacts on loan from the Day family, and selected editorial cartoons.
It’s Never Just a Horse™
September 15, 2018 – February 4, 2018
The It’s Never Just a Horse™ exhibition in the Anne W. Marion Gallery at the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame was to celebrate the opening of the Kit Moncrief Galleries and It’s Never Just a Horse™ exhibition in the second floor. The Gallery included large black and white horse photos from Cowgirl Honorees, the It’s Never Just a Horse™ video, the second floor graphics, and the invitation for individuals to submit a horse photo and to share what It’s Never Just a Horse™ means to them through the photo they brought. The exhibition started at our Neigh at the Cowgirl Museum festival-style event that invited the community to the Museum to learn about our new second floor and to share what It’s Never Just a Horse™ and hang their horse photo. We had a great turn out at the event, with almost 600 attendees passing through the Museum doors, and the walls of the Anne W. Marion Gallery were covered with horse photos.
Collection of Hermès Scarves
September 29, 2017 – September 1, 2018
Beginning as a tack company for horses in the early 1800’s, Hermès handcrafted harnesses and bridles for carriages in Paris, France. The company eventually expanded and added other items, including scarves. The first scarf was introduced in 1937 and was based on a woodblock drawing by a Hermès family member. Modern day scarves are woven from the silk of cocoons spun by silkworms farmed at the Hermès owned facility in Brazil. All hems are hand-rolled and hand-stitched. Hermès scarves are individually screen printed, and designers have over 70,000 color tones from which to choose. A scarf takes more than 200 people from inception to production including designers, weavers, colorists, and printers. Hermès has over 2000 unique designs; the horse motif is the most popular. Some of the Hermès scarves were designed by Kermit Oliver, who was the only American to ever design scarves for Hermès. The scarves that were chosen for this gallery represent the various partnerships and intersections of the horse, the land, and people. You can find elements of the many ways horses have been viewed as partner, as competitor, as muse, and as simply an object of beauty. This collection is now currently on display on both stairwells leading to our all-new second floor.
Constance Jaeggi: Aspects of Power, Light and Motion
September 29, 2017 – February 4, 2018
In her debut exhibition, artist Constance Jaeggi highlights the horse as a dynamic being by using aspects of light and shadow to both capture a sense of motion and sculpt a scene. Jaeggi photographs horses inside her studio, uninhibited by halters or restraints, which allows her to accentuate the characteristics and personalities of her subjects. The exhibition runs September 29, 2017 to February 4, 2018 in the Anne W. Marion Gallery located in the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame. For more information click here.
2nd Floor Renovation Preview
June 23, 2017 – September 17, 2017
At the National Cowgirl Museum, we know it’s never just a horse. Come see our preview for our second floor renovation which includes artist Ashley Collins’ large-scale work, Compilation of a Thousand Stories. This work encapsulates the theme of the future exhibition as will be seen when paired with the renovation images. The public is also invited to participate in the exhibit by sending photographs of their favorite horses. For more information click here.
Pure Quill: Photographs by Barbara Van Cleve
November 18, 2016 – May 7, 2017
Barbara Van Cleve, 1995 National Cowgirl Hall of Fame Honoree, is nationally known for her photographs of western landscapes, ranchers, cowboys, and cattle women. This newest exhibit of her work includes 37 stunning black and white photographs captured by Van Cleve throughout her career.
No Turning Back: The Art of Veryl Goodnight
July 22 – October 31, 2016
A retrospective of the work of award-winning artist and 2016 National Cowgirl Hall of Fame Honoree Veryl Goodnight. The exhibition features 17 sculptures and 11 paintings by the artist focusing on Western women, horses, and wildlife. The exhibit is the first to display both her sculptures and paintings together and works span the breadth of her career.
Light, Landscape and Livestock: The Photography of Nadine Levin
March 4 – July 5, 2016
For over 25 years, Nadine Levin has been capturing the beauty of the world that surrounds us through her innovative and elegant photography. Often riding horseback to capture her Western images, she creates a uniquely feminine portrayal of this predominately masculine and conventional world. This exhibition includes photographs from 2007 National Cowgirl Hall of Fame Honoree Terry Stuart Forst’s 7 S Stuart Ranch as well as infrared landscape images.
RODEO: Photographs by Rima Canaan Lee
November 20, 2015 – February 7, 2016
Fort Worth photograph Rima Canaan Lee, who was born in Beirut, Lebanon and raised in Hamburg, Germany, was unfamiliar with rodeo culture when she arrived in Texas. She attended the 2013 Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo almost daily during its three-week run, photographing whatever caught her eye. The results are two distinct sets of photographs: one of the rodeos, and another of the stock show. Both sets of photographs highlight an event that still carries promise of the American West.
Grace & Grit: Visions of the West by Terri Kelly Moyers
May 29 – November 8, 2015
Terri Kelly Moyers, 2015 National Cowgirl Hall of Fame Honoree, has captured the hearts and imaginations of many through her stunning portrayal of women, landscapes, and wildlife of the American West. This exhibition of 28 paintings shows the wide variety of this award-winning artist’s work.