Western Ranch Women –
Barbara Van Cleve
January 30 – April 25, 2021
This traveling exhibition includes 62 black and white photographs that depict the tough and resilient side of ranch women of the American West.
What is it: A traveling exhibition from the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame called Hard Twist: Western Ranch Women – Photographs by Barbara Van Cleve will soon open at the Eiteljorg Museum on January 30, 2021.
This exhibit includes 62 black and white photographs that celebrate women of the range, their ranches and the breathtaking Western landscapes in which they live.
Barbara Van Cleve drew inspiration from her mother and the lack of representation of published photographs of women ranchers, which led to her traveling the Rocky Mountain West on horseback between 1986 – 1994 interviewing women of the West in their natural elements. She created a book titled Hard Twist: Western Ranch Women in 1995, from which the exhibition was developed.
Van Cleve is nationally known for her photographs of Western landscapes, ranchers, cowboys and cattle women. Her heritage is rich with firsthand experience of the cowgirl life. She grew up on her family’s ranch, the Lazy K Bar, founded in 1880 in the Crazy Mountains of Montana. Van Cleve is based in Big Timber, Montana.
Saturday, March 27
2 – 3:30 p.m.
Virtual Class: Black & White Photography in a Color World with Roberts Camera
Join Walter Kuhn of Roberts Camera and learn more about black-and-white photography, why its unique look remains relevant today, and what the future may hold for this important art form. Learn more
Saturday, April 17
1:30 – 4 p.m.
Film Photo Walk with Roberts Camera
Want to get sentimental and shoot a roll of film? Join Roberts Camera photographers for a photo walk along the downtown Canal. They will show you how to shoot film and get your exposure right for those memorable images. Don’t have a film camera? No problem! Loaners will be available to borrow. A roll of film, processing and critical review are included in the cost of the class. Learn more
Virtual Curator’s Choice Series
Join us on the first Friday of the month at noon for a discussion about aspects of Hard Twist with an Eiteljorg curator.
February 5 – Learn more
March 5 – Learn more
April 2 – Learn more
NOUN: 1. A combination of qualities, such as shape, color, or form
that pleases the aesthetic senses, especially the sight. (Oxford English Dictionary)
A Sense of Beauty
As a part of the museum’s 30th anniversary celebration, you (and everyone else you know) are invited to create artwork inspired by the theme, Beauty. Artwork will be on display in conjunction with the exhibition, A Sense of Beauty, which opens March 9. So get out your paints, pencils, tablets or whatever medium you choose and create some art! (Public artwork will be hung within ten days of receipt after March 9, 2019 and be on display through August 4, 2019.)
Criteria: artwork must be original and inspired by the theme Beauty
2-D only; 4” x 4” size (unframed)
a signed consent form must accompany the entry
Send your entry to:
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
500 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-270
Please download the consent form by clicking here, fill it out and include it with your submission.