Donahue, Mikel

A MULTIPLE AWARD-WINNING member of the Cowboy Artists of America, artist Mikel Donahue is best known for his impeccable depictions of cowboy life. His drawings and paintings portray ranchers and their livestock during the day-to-day ritual of sun-up to sun-down work on the ranch. What may seem as mundane chores are captured and translated through his artistic style into moments of meaning and reflection.

Donahue, who was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was taught about life on the ranch by his paternal grandfather who raised cattle in northcentral Oklahoma. It was Donahue’s maternal grandfather who exposed him to western art at an early age with memorable trips to Tulsa’s Gilcrease Museum and what was then the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City. Fascinated both by life on the ranch and the iconic art by the likes of Charlie Russell and Frederic Remington, as an adult, Donahue has become a perfect amalgam of his influences with a life breeding racing quarter horses with his wife Christie on their place outside Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and an award-winning career in the arts.

Notable Awards and Achievements

2019       The Society of Animal Artists, Art and the Animal, select traveling exhibition
2019       Cowboy Artists of America, Gold Medal, Mixed Media
2019       Cowboy Artists of America, Silver Medal, Water Solubles
2018       Cowboy Artists of America, Silver Medal, Other Media
2017      Cowboy Artists of America, Silver Medal, Water Solubles
2017       Inductee, Will Rogers High School Hall of Fame
2013       Bosque Arts Center, Bosque Art Classic, John Steven Jones Purchase Award
2011       Academy of Western Artists, Will Rogers Award for Artist of the Year
2010       Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale, Premier Platinum Award and William E. Weiss Purchase Award
2009       Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale, Artists’ Choice Award
2009       American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame and Museum, America’s Horse in Art Show & Sale, Featured Artist
2009       One-man show at Remington Park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, during the quarter horse race meet
2008       Working Ranch Cowboys Association, Cowboy Art Show and Sale, Best of Show (also in 2006)


Cowboy Artists of America
The Society of Animal Artists

Gallery Representation

Settlers West Galleries, Tucson, Arizona
Trailside Galleries, Jackson, Wyoming, and Scottsdale, Arizona

Museum Info

Monday – Saturday:
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Noon – 5 p.m.

500 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204

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June 17 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm