The intention of the first Trail’s End Western Art Show is to exhibit art which draws inspiration from the American West, which can include both historic and contemporary themes and imagery.
In the 19th century Sedalia, Missouri was known as the Trail’s End or last stop for the cowboys and wranglers who worked the great western cattle drives which brought the beef to the railhead and thence to market in the
east. Without the railroad there would have been no Sedalia, but the area is also rich in pioneer and Native American history. Missouri was the starting point for the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1804, the Emigrant Trail, and the Westward movement beginning in the 1850s.
Today, Sedalia has a Trail’s End Monument at the junction of south Highway 65 and 16th Street which celebrates this history. This art exhibit will be a contemporary reflection of Sedalia’s history, the indomitable
spirit of the cowboy, the legend of the cattle drives, and the beauty of the landscape.
ELIGIBILITY The Trail’s End Western Art Show is open to any artist 21 years of age or older. All artwork must be the original work of the submitting artist and created during the last three years. Commercial duplications of prints or drawings will not be accepted.
SPECIFICATIONS Any two-dimensional or three-dimensional media is eligible. All work must be ready to hang with an appropriate device. Maximum size is 60” in length, width and height. Three-dimensional work must be able to pass through a standard doorway. There is a 150 pound maximum for all works. No artwork may be suspended from the ceiling.
AWARDS $2000 in cash awards will be presented. $1000 for the Best of Show award and two $500 Merit awards.
JUROR Eric Fuson will serve as the juror for this exhibit. Mr. Fuson is the current Executive Director of the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art in St. Joseph, Missouri. He taught at Missouri Western State University for
over thirty years in the Art Department of foundations and then as the director of sculpture. During this time, he was also the artistic director of the Walter Cronkite Memorial, guiding the overall design and creation of
exhibits in the museum. His personal artwork incorporates painting, drawing and sculpture and is in collections across the country. Currently he is also creating a memorial in honor of local firefighters.
LOCATION/SPONSOR The Liberty Center Association for the Arts will host the first Trail’s End Western Art Show in three galleries at the Hayden Liberty Center, 111 West 5th, downtown Sedalia, Missouri. More
information about the Liberty Center Association for the Arts (LCAA), a non-profit arts organization housed within the historic Hayden Liberty Center, can be found on our Facebook page or on our website at
For more information and application email [email protected]
Deadline is July 31, 2021