Art in the West


Fine Art Exhibit & Online Auction

July 20, 2024 – September 20, 2024

Art in the West is an annual juried exhibition and silent auction featuring traditional and contemporary art that celebrates the landscapes, wildlife, people, cultures and history of the High Desert—a region that stretches from the eastern slope of the Cascades and Sierras to the Wyoming Basin and Colorado Plateau.

The entire collection will be on exhibit at the High Desert Museum and will be available for viewing through our online auction page beginning July 15. Get ready to fall in love with your favorite pieces and bid from your computer or mobile device! 

Proceeds from the Art in the West auction help support the participating artists and the Museum’s exhibitions and programs, bringing science, art and history education to lifelong learners through the region.

Banner image  |  Painted Hills by Taylor Manoles

Thank you for your interest in Art in the West. Please share this exhibit with friends, family and colleagues who are interested in collecting art while supporting regionally and nationally acclaimed artists and the High Desert Museum.

If you are interested in participating as an artist or have general questions, please contact our Art in the West Coordinator, Gail Hodge, at or 541-699-1086.

Made possible by

Art in the West Winners – 2023

2023 Art in the West

Painted Hills by Taylor Manoles

Winner of the Curator’s Choice Award at the 2023 Art in the West exhibition

Taylor Manoles is an oil painter who lives in Bend, Oregon. Born in Arizona and raised in Minnesota, she has inhabited many different types of landscapes. Her love of the outdoors and desire to paint drove her to pursue an art education degree at North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota. After teaching middle school art for a year, Manoles decided to pursue her own artwork full time. Her artwork explores themes of faith and the human experience through contemporary landscapes. Painting is both a cathartic practice and how she celebrates and remembers the goodness in the world around her. She enjoys showing her work locally, across the Pacific Northwest, and through online platforms. In 2022, her painting Sparks Lake Sunrise was chosen for the cover of Southwest Art Magazine.

Moving On by  Barbara Van Cleve

Winner of the Jury’s Choice Award at the 2023 Art in the West exhibition

Montana-based artist Barbara Van Cleve began her love of photography as a child. Descended from Montana homesteaders, she was born and raised on her family’s historic ranch near Big Timber, Montana. Her silver gelatin prints and digital photographs capture the spirit of the landscape and people of the American West, which inspire her so. Van Cleve states, “Photography has been a lifelong passion for me. I wanted to share with other people how wonderful ranch life was, but I could not draw, paint or make things in clay, so I begged my parents for a camera. Thankfully, they gave me a Brownie box camera when I was 11 and that was the beginning of my being able to share with others may vision of ranch life. I carried my camera everywhere and photographed everything. I still do today.” She has had more than 100 one-person exhibitions and has participated in 180 group exhibitions.

Past Artworks

"Big Horn" by Mike Weber
"Cloud Runner" by Dawn Emerson
"Infinity #0204" by Peter Dawson

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