AWARDS

Best of Show
A select and rotating group of prominent art professionals are convened each year to select the piece of art to receive this $2500 cash award. This award is graciously donated by Kathy and Brad Coors.

Mary Belle Grant AWARD
Mary Belle Grant was one of the creators and early visionaries of the Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale. She served on the advisory committee since its inception and every year had been a patron and passionate friend of the arts in the Denver community. Beginning in 2000, the Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale created this award in her memory to honor an individual or couple who embody the spirit of the western way of life and symbolize the passion of the West through art.

Artist's Choice
This award is selected by the Coors Western Art Show artists on the evening of the Blue Jean Preview. It is their choice of the work or body of work by a fellow artist that stands out among his or her peers.

People’s Choice
This honorary award is selected solely by the patrons who visit the exhibit each year. Votes are tallied throughout the event. At the end of the show, the artwork with the most votes wins.

Southwest Art Award
Selected by the editors and publisher of our media patron, Southwest Art Magazine, this award of an advertisement goes to the winning artist with the strongest body of work in the current exhibition.

   
2020  
 

Best in Show
Presented by Kathy and Brad Coors
First ResponseWilliam Matthews, "First Response"

 

 

Mary Belle Grant
Pat Grant

 

 

Artist's Choice
LyricRon Hicks (image: "Lyric")

 

 

People’s Choice
The Golden WestJoseph McGurl, "The Golden West"

 

 

Southwest Art Award
Pati Stajcar (image: "Ghost of the Oaks")

 

2019  
 

Best in Show
Presented by Kathy and Brad Coors
Storm on Jay RoadDon Coen "Storm on Jay Road"

 

 

Mary Belle Grant
Quang Ho

 

 

Artist's Choice
Going GoingSophy Brown (image: "Going Going")

 

 

People's Choice
Tete a teteAnne-Marie Kornachuk, "Tete-a-Tete"

 

 

Southwest Art Award
Old TreePeregrine O'Gormley (image: "Old Tree")

 

2018  
 

Best in Show
Presented by Kathy and Brad Coors
Once a FencepostLen Chmiel "Once a Fencepost"

 

 

Mary Belle Grant
Pete & Marilyn Coors

 

 

Artist's Choice
Quiet MelancholyRon Hicks (image: "Quiet Melancholy")

 

 

People's Choice
Light in the MountainsJoseph McGurl "Light in the Mountains"

 

 

Southwest Art Award
The CoveringRon Hicks (image: "The Covering")

 

2017  
 

Best in Show
Presented by Kathy and Brad Coors
SpringDan Chen "Spring"

 

 

Mary Belle Grant
Bill & Joanne Sinclaire

 

 

Artist's Choice
Little BullSteve Kestrel (image: "Little Bull")

 

 

People's Choice
Butler BullTeresa Elliott "Butler Bull"

 

 

Southwest Art Award
GoshawkRon Kingswood (image: "Goshawk")

 

2016  
 

Best in Show
Presented by Kathy and Brad Coors
Brahman CowTeresa Elliott "Brahman Cow"

 

 

Mary Belle Grant
Cathy L. Carpenter Dea & Peter Dea

 

Artist's Choice
Descending Moon and Reaching TreesDavid Grossmann (image: "Descending Moon and Reaching Trees"

 

 

People's Choice
Rabbit Hunt 2Chris Maynard "Rabbit Hunt 2"

 

 

Southwest Art Award
Bone White SkyDavid Grossmann (image: "Bone White Sky")

 

2015  
 

Best in Show
Presented by Kathy and Brad Coors
Native SistersBrent Greenwood "Native Sisters"

 

 

Mary Belle Grant
Kent Ullberg

 

 

Artist's Choice
Badger Creek WashG. Russell Case (image: "Badger Creek Wash")

 

 

People's Choice
SunfishSophy Brown (image: "Sunfish")

 

 

Southwest Art Award
Winter BluesDinah K. Worman (image: "Winter Blues")

 

2014  
 

Best in Show
Presented by Kathy and Brad Coors
Animal FarmScott Fraser "Animal Farm"

 

 

Mary Belle Grant
Henry & Lorie Gordon

 

 

Artist's Choice
Applied ReflectionsScott Fraser (image: "Applied Reflections")

 

 

People's Choice
ConchoTeresa Elliott "Concho"

 

 

Southwest Art Award
Gracie at DaybreakDon Coen (image: "Gracie at Daybreak")

 

2013  
 

Best in Show
Presented by Kathy and Brad Coors
History of a FieldDinah Worman "History of a Field"

 

 

Mary Belle Grant
Howard Post

 

 

Artist's Choice
Cloud Shadows on the WallLogan Maxwell Hagege (image: "Cloud Shadows on the Wall")

 

 

People's Choice
Chinati CalfTeresa Elliott (image: "Chinati Calf")

 

 

Southwest Art Award
Design with GranitewareDeborah Bays (image: "Design with Graniteware")

 

2012  
 

Best in Show
G Russell Case "Marvel of Ages"

Mary Belle Grant
Bill and Louise Barrett

Artist's Choice
Michael Lynch

People's Choice
Teresa Elliott "Scorpion Dust"

Southwest Art Award
Douglas Fryer

 

2011  
 

Best in Show
Don Stinson "Awakening at Buena Vista: A New Significance"

Mary Belle Grant
Harriet Kelly

Artist's Choice
Skip Whitcomb

People's Choice
Jill Soukup

Southwest Art Award
Len Chmiel

 

2010  
 

Best in Show
Howard Post "The Neighbor’s Favorites"

Mary Belle Grant
Nancy Petry

Artist's Choice
Dean Mitchell

People's Choice
Teresa Elliott "Terlina"

Southwest Art Award
Gil Dellinger

 

2009  
 

Best in Show
William E. Sharer "Cemetery at Grafton, Utah"

Mary Belle Grant
Tom Petrie

Artist's Choice
Dean Mitchell

People's Choice
Teresa Elliott

Southwest Art Award
Terry Gardner

 

2008  
 

Best in Show
Steve Kestrel "Rattle Me Naught"

Mary Belle Grant
Janie Hutchison

Artist's Choice
Len Chmiel

People's Choice
Karmel Timmons

Southwest Art Award
Steve Kestrel

 

2007  
 

Best in Show
Gordon Brown "Steamboat Pastures"

Mary Belle Grant
T.D. Kelsey

Artist's Choice
Len Chmiel

 

 

2006  
 

Best in Show
Len Chmiel "Barrel with Chuparosa"

Mary Belle Grant
Lewis W. 'Pete' Douglas

 

2005  
 

Best in Show
Steve Kestrel "Vantage Point"

Mary Belle Grant
Susan Raymond

 

2004  
 

Mary Belle Grant
Clyde Aspevig

 

2003  
 

Mary Belle Grant
George Carlson

 

2002  
 

Mary Belle Grant
Bill Anton

 

2001  
 

Mary Belle Grant
Barbara Van Cleve

 

2000  
 

Mary Belle Grant
William Matthews