Coors Western Art Exhibit announces Dan Young as featured artist

The Coors Western Art Exhibit and Sale has grown to become one of the nation’s largest curated western art shows and one of largest fundraisers for the National Western Scholarship Trust, part of Denver’s National Western Stock Show.

“The mission of the Coors Western Art Show remains true to its roots: providing scholarships to students in agribusiness, veterinary and human medicine that helps create a future for our western culture through the next generation,” said Steven Kick, Coors Western Art and Sale advisory committee chairman. “The art in the show reflects the western spirit of our nation’s heritage.”

The 25th Anniversary Coors Western Art Exhibit and Sale opens Jan. 3, with the Red Carpet Gala reception. The exhibit features 60 contemporary realists from North America and Europe who capture the western way of life.

To celebrate its 25th anniversary, Dan Young has been named featured artist for 2018. Young, a painter from Silt, Colorado, has shown his works at the Coors Western Art Exhibit for 16 years. A Denver native, Young said his outdoor upbringing in the Rocky Mountains was a strong influencer of his artwork. After graduating from Colorado Institute of Art, Young enjoyed a successful illustration career until 1989 when, “Colorado’s landscapes called me back” into painting full time.

Young paints the rural life of the West. Most days you can find him painting on location, along a backroad or beside a mountain lake.

“What drew me to painting is the love of being in nature and trying to accurately capture it on canvas,” Young said.

Although Young is a landscape painter, he says, “I like introducing hints of man’s presence in the landscape. Sometimes I feel I’m in a race to paint a disappearing way of life as farms and ranches give way to development.”

Young’s painting “The Super Moon on the Colorado” will be the signature work for the 2018 Coors Western Art Exhibit and Sale, and thereafter will reside in the National Western’s permanent collection. “The Super Moon on the Colorado” will also be available for sale as a poster, and can be purchased at the 2018 Coors Exhibit or online at

New artists to the 2018 Coors Western Art Exhibit are Doug Andelin, Rudy DeRam, Anne-Marie Kornachuk, Joseph McGurl, Brad Overton, Joe Paquet and Kate Starling.

Last year, over 900 people attended the Red Carpet Gala reception on opening night, and 30,000 viewed the exhibit during the National Western Stock Show. The Coors Western Art Show raises money for the National Western Scholarship Trust, which provides financial support to 80-plus college students studying medicine, agriculture, veterinary medicine and now art and art education. In spring 2017, the National Western Scholarship Trust added a scholarship to include art and art education students.

The exhibit will be open during the National Western, Jan. 6 through Jan. 21, with hours at

To view art for the 2018 Coors Western Art Exhibit and Gallery at the National Western Club, learn about the artists and events, and to purchase tickets, visit

For more information or images of these artists’ work, please contact show coordinator Krista Hanley at [email protected] or curator Rose Fredrick at 303-733-4755 or [email protected].