Western Humor Exhibit 2008
Jerry Palen, Ace Reid and J. R. Williams
06/06/2008 – 8/28/2008
Realism is an important aspect in the works of theses three artists. Taken together the careers of J. R. Williams, Ace Reid, and Jerry Palen span the years from the early 1920′ until today.
In the more than seventy years represented here, we see the last days of the longhorn steer, droughts and floods, the advent of the cell phone, the struggles of the family farm, and the rise and fall of the cattle market. Sometimes humorous, sometimes sad, the reflections in these cartoons are told with accuracy of those who have experienced rural life first hand.
Those who grew up in the West were very familiar with these cartoons in the local papers, ranch magazines and other publicaitions.
This collection was made possible through cooperation with the City of Steamboat Springs and is on loan from the University of Wyoming Western Heritage Center.