"My arrival in Montana in 1982 brought me into intimate contact with some of the most storied places of the historic West and also gave me the opportunity to study the paintings of two of the most influential codifiers of western imagery, Frederic Remington and Charlie Russell. I became aware of how decisive an effect their work, and the work of other western illustrators, had on the formulations of filmmakers like John Ford, William Wyler, and Howard Hawks. At the same time, I recognized how distinctly different the formalized imagery of western films, in its temporal, technological, and theatrical mediation, is from any painting."

—Gordon McConnell

The CaptainThe Captain, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 12 x 12 inches

 

 

 

 

 

Curriculum Vitae

Born 1950, La Junta, Colorado

Selected Individual Exhibitions

2017 Gordon McConnell: Tales From The Solitary Edge, Visions West Gallery, Bozeman, Montana. Checklist of the exhibition

2017 Recent Paintings by Gordon McConnell, White Apple Gallery, Whitefish, Montana.

2016 Outdoor Adventure: Recent Paintings by Gordon McConnell
Jessie Wilber Gallery, Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture, Bozeman, Montana

2015 Ride, Boldly Ride: Paintings by Gordon McConnell
University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, Wyoming

2014 Gordon McConnell's Wild Wild West, Carbon County Arts Guild, Red Lodge, Montana

The Big Read. Yellowstone County Museum, Billings, Montana.The YMCA Writer's Voice and the National Endowment for the Arts presented the work of artist Gordon McConnell in association with The Big Read True Grit celebration. Interview with Rebecca Gross

2013 West of Everything: New and Selected Paintings, Churchill Arts Council, Fallon, Nevada. download invite | download catalog

2012 Wild Riders, Charles M. Bair Family Museum, Martinsdale, Montana (opening July 20) download brochure pdf

Staged Relics, Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, Great Falls, Montana

2010 Spaghetti Western/Gordon McConnell Paintings, EVOKE Contemporary, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2009 The Kiva Presents: Gordon McConnell, Koshare Indian Museum, La Junta, Colorado

Good Earth Market, Billings, Montana

2008 Once Upon a Time in the West: Paintings by Gordon McConnell, Ucross Foundation Art Gallery, Clearmont, Wyoming (catalog)

2007 Toucan Gallery, Billings, Montana

2005 Gordon McConnell: Paintings, Yellowstone Art Museum, Northwest Projects Gallery download brochure pdf

2004 Recent Paintings by Gordon McConnell, g2 Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

Gordon McConnell: Recent Paintings, Botanica Fine Arts, Bozeman, Montana, and 1998, 2001

2003 The Kiva Presents: Gordon McConnell, Koshare Indian Museum, La Junta, Colorado

2001 Westering: Watercolors by Gordon McConnell, The Dana Gallery, Missoula, Montana

Gordon McConnell: Recent Paintings, Botanica Fine Arts, Bozeman, Montana

2000 West of the Screen: Small Paintings by Gordon McConnell, Toucan Gallery, Billings, Montana

Gordon McConnell, Peterson Hall Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

1999 Phantom Empire: The West of the Western, Paintings by Gordon McConnell, Nicolaysen Art Museum, Casper, Wyoming

1998 Gordon McConnell: Recent Paintings, Botanica Fine Arts, Bozeman, Montana

Selected Joint Exhibitions

2017 MIXX7, 4ZERO7 Gallery, Billings, Montana

2015 My Montana: Jerry Iverson and Gordon McConnell, Stremmel Gallery, Reno, Nevada

2010 Teresa Elliott + Gordon McConnell / two contemporary views of the west, EVOKE Contemporary, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2008 Joint Exhibition with Duke Beardsley, Mountain Trails Gallery, Jackson, Wyoming

Joint Exhibition with Randy Horst, Jailhouse Gallery, Hardin, Montana

2007 Joint Exhibition with Thomas Carlson, g2 Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

2003 Joint Exhibition with Bale Creek Allen, Sala Diaz, San Antonio, Texas

2001 Out West—Adam Jahiel, Photographs; Gordon McConnell, Paintings, Ucross Foundation Art Gallery, Clearmont, Wyoming (catalog)

[B]old New West–Charles Ringer and Gordon McConnell, Toucan Gallery, Billings, Montana

Selected Group Exhibitions

2015 Cowboy Christmas, Rodeo Paintings by John Hull, Walter Piehl, Jr. & Gordon McConnell, Catherine Louisa Gallery, Billings, Montana

2014 The New West: Contemporary Perspectives of the Rocky Mountain Region, McNichols Civic Center Building, Denver

2012 Wings of Man: The Art of the Horse, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, Montana

2012 Best of the West featuring Gordon McConnell Paintings, Broschofsky Galleries, Ketchum, Idaho

2011 Icons of the West, Dana Gallery, Missoula, Montana

Masters in Miniature Invitational Show, Trailside Galleries, Jackson, Wyoming

2010 MIXX IV, Babcock Theater, Billings, Montana

10th Anniversary Show, TURMAN LARISON contemporary, Helena, Montana

2009 Seven Perspectives, Stremmel Gallery, Reno, Nevada

Whitney Gallery of Western Art, Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming

Bighorn Galleries, Cody, Wyoming

2009 Montana Triennial, Missoula Art Museum, Missoula, Montana

2008 Visions West Gallery, Denver, Colorado

Western Art Roundup, Custer County Art and Heritage Center, Miles City, Montana (also 2007)

MIXX III, Ryniker Gallery, Rocky Mountain College, Billings, Montana

2007 Leading the West, Mountain Trails Gallery, Jackson, Wyoming

Introductions II, Stremmel Gallery, Reno, Nevada

Big Names, Small Works, Toucan Gallery, Billings, Montana

Range of Expression II: A Montana Invitational, Ucross Foundation, Clearmont, Wyoming (catalog)

The Wild Bunch, The Arts Center, St. Petersburg, Florida (catalog)

Out West: The Great American Landscape, Meridian International Center, Washington, D.C. (catalog). Exhibition traveled to the National Art Gallery, Beijing, and other museums in the People's Republic of China through 2007

MIXX, Grafix Studio, Billings, Montana

MIXX II, Grafix Studio, Billings, Montana

Looking West, Belger Arts Center, Kansas City, Missouri

2004 American Visions: The Contemporary West, Mountain Trails Gallery, Jackson, Wyoming

2003 Out of the Bullpen: Baseball in Contemporary Art, Art Museum of Missoula, Missoula, Montana (catalog)

2002 Inaugural Exhibit, National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, Fort Worth (catalog)

Series, Gallery of Contemporary Art, Colorado Springs, Colorado, and University of New Hampshire, Durham (catalog)

New Art of the West 8, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indianapolis, Indiana (catalog)

Drawn 2, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, Texas

2000 The Non-Romantic West: Bill Stockton, Patrick Zentz and Gordon McConnell, Beall Park Art Center, Bozeman, Montana

Contemporary Montana Painters, Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman, Montana

1999 Art Equinox 1999: A Regional Survey of Contemporary Art, Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, Great Falls, Montana (catalog) and 1991, 1992

1995 The Contemporary West, Big Horn Galleries, Carmel, California (catalog)

1992 Crazy About Cowboys, Artworks Gallery, Seattle, Washington
Way Out West: Gordon McConnell, Walter Piehl, Larry Pirnie, Bob Seabeck, Big Horn Gallery, Cody, Wyoming

1992 New Art of the West 8, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indianapolis, Indiana (catalog)

1991 Electrum XX, National Juried Exhibition, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, Montana, Best of Show Award

1988 Electrum XVII, National Juried Exhibition, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, Montana, Juror’s Award

Public Collections

Missoula Art Museum, Missoula, Montana
Custer County Art and Heritage Center, Miles City, Montana
Whitney Gallery of Western Art, Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming
Nicolaysen Art Museum, Casper, Wyoming
United States General Services Administration, Battin Federal Courthouse, Billings, Montana
Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, Montana

Corporate Collections

Billings Clinic, Billings, Montana
Central Montana Surgical Hospital, Great Falls, Montana
El Chorro Lodge, Paradise Valley, Arizona
DCI Group, Washington, D.C.
Federal Reserve Bank, Helena, Montana
Federal Reserve Bank, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Forbes Trinchera Ranch, Fort Garland, Colorado
St. Vincent Healthcare, Billings, Montana
Switchback Ranch, LLC, Cody, Wyoming
Walkers American Grill and Tapas Bar, Billings, Montana

Awards

2006 Artist of the Year Award, Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, Montana

2003 Studio Residency, Ucross Foundation, Clearmont, Wyoming

2001 Studio Residency, Ucross Foundation, Clearmont, Wyoming

2000 Studio Residency, Ucross Foundation, Clearmont, Wyoming

1992 Individual Artist Fellowship, Montana Arts Council

Education

1979 University of Colorado, Boulder, Master of Arts in Art History

1973 California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, post-graduate study, MFA program

1972 Baylor University, Waco, Texas, Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art, cum laude, Honors Program graduate “With Distinction,” Co-recipient Outstanding Art Student Award

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