A.R. Mitchell Museum of Western Art Honored by True West Magazine

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True West Magazine

Hundreds of museums celebrate the art of the American West (including more than a few east of the Mississippi). But True West magazine says the A.R. Mitchell Museum of Western Art of Trinidad, Colorado is one of the best.

The museum is #3 in True West’s Top 10 Western Art Museums of 2021. The Brinton Museum of Big Horn, WY took top honors.

The entire list of best museums is in True West’s September 2021 issue, on newsstands August 11.

“The A.R. Mitchell museum is such a unique place, especially in its collections of pulp art,” says True West Executive Editor Bob Boze Bell. “It continues to do a remarkable job of preserving and presenting Western art. It is truly a top Western museum.”

Nine-time Spur Award-winning writer Johnny D. Boggs and the editors of True West selected the winners for this annual award based on extensive travels, research and firsthand experiences in visiting dozens of Western museums each year.

Boggs says, “This remains the museum for lovers of the vibrant pulp art from magazines and novels during the 1920s through the 1940s—though hometown artist A.R. Mitchell painted more than just genre art. And since Mitchell taught art, we salute the museum for bringing in Colorado hatmaker Tom Hirt (the man behind the stars’ lids in 1993’s Tombstone) for Trinidad State College’s hat making class.”

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