2019 Inductee Laura Wilson Will Open an Exhibition at the National Cowgirl Museum

Friday, December 14, 2007--- Dallas photographer Laura Wilson whose work has appeared in Vanity Fair, Texas Monthly and numerous other publications is the author and photographer of Watt Matthews of Lambshead, a book about the legendary Texas rancher.

Laura Wilson: Looking West

FORT WORTH, TEXAS (Sept. 17, 2019) – The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is pleased to present Laura Wilson: Looking West, a new exhibition by incoming 2019 Hall of Fame Inductee Laura Wilson. The exhibition will open in the Anne W. Marion Gallery.

Wilson has looked West for most of her life. Her photographic career is firmly planted in this region of America. Her concerns are with the contemporary currents and time-honored traditions of the West. From the Hutterites of Montana to the cowboys of West Texas, from rodeo trick riders to mountain lion hunters and road signs, this collection offers a glimpse into Wilson’s photographic vision.

As a new Inductee, she will join four other women being inducted into the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame on Nov. 13 during the Induction Luncheon and Ceremony.

Cheerleaders by Laura Wilson

“First of all, I want to say how thrilled I am to be inducted into the Cowgirl Hall of Fame,” said Wilson. “I feel it’s an honor even to be considered, and an incredible honor to join such a distinguished group of women – all your Honorees – who have shaped the West throughout the years.”

The Laura Wilson: Looking West exhibition will be on display during this year’s Induction festivities.

“I feel doubly lucky to have the opportunity for my work to be seen in your beautiful Anne W. Marion Gallery,” said Wilson.

Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, GQ Magazine, English Vogue, London’s Sunday Times Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine and Wallpaper. Her award-winning photography and books, multiple photographic exhibitions and countless newspaper and magazine articles attest to the ruggedness and individuality of people within the American West.

The Museum’s Associate Executive Director Dr. Diana Vela said the Museum is excited and honored to be inducting Wilson this year, along with hosting her exhibition. 

“There is an intimacy and intensity in Laura Wilson’s photographs of the West that make her work a particularly good fit for the Museum,” said Dr. Vela. “Her photographs often reveal everyday moments that pass by unexamined, yet her images slow down that moment and allow us a glimpse inside.”

From her early days working with Richard Avedon on his American West project, to her current interest in documenting the work of mountain lion hunters in Arizona, Wilson’s photographic career has been wide-ranging and far-reaching but always rooted in the West: its land, its traditions and its people.

Visit the Laura Wilson: Looking West exhibition from Oct. 4, 2019 to March 15, 2020 at the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.

About the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame
The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame honors and celebrates women, past and present, whose lives exemplify the courage, resilience and independence that helped shape the American West. Established in 1975, the Museum is considered an invaluable national educational resource for its exhibits, research library, rare photograph collection and award-winning distance-learning programs. The Hall of Fame’s purpose is to preserve history and foster an appreciation for their ideals and spirit of self-reliance. In 2019, the Museum opened the Kit Moncrief Galleries and It’s Never Just a HorseTM exhibition. For more news and information, visit www.cowgirl.net and follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube. Located at 1720 Gendy Street Fort Worth, Texas 76107. Hours of operation are Tuesday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults (ages 13+); $9 for seniors (60+), military and first responders; $9 for children (ages 3 to 12); and children 3 and under get in free with paid adult. For more information, please visit www.cowgirl.net or call 817-336-4475.