Hard Twist:

Western Ranch Women –

Photographs by

Barbara Van Cleve

Jan 30, 2020 – April 25, 2021

This traveling exhibition included 62 black and white photographs that depict the tough and resilient side of ranch women of the American West.

Explore Women’s Diverse Experiences in 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 closed at the Eiteljorg on April 25, 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.

Come experience this exhibit

How to visit: See exhibit Mon-Sat 10-5 p.m., and Sun 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

Admission: Exhibit is included with the cost of museum admission

Call for Community Art

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:
Public Programs
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.

You’re invited!


Join us for a special 30th Anniversary Party, which will kick off a yearlong celebration at the museum.


Thank you to Our Contributors

Capital Group Eiteljorg Corporate Sponsor
Barnes & Thornburg Corporate Sponsor at the Eiteljorg
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