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Cowgirl Up! Awards Erin Hanson Best in Painting

"North Canyon" Wins First Place

Sunday, April 15, 2018

The annual exhibition Cowgirl Up!, presented by Desert Caballeros Western Museum, showcases the brightest female Western artists of our time. Each year, Western-focused artists working in any medium present their work in an exhibition spanning from the end of March through mid-May. This event and exhibition brings artists, collectors, and enthusiasts together in a celebration of the American West. 

While every style is celebrated in the Cowgirl Up! exhibition and show, there are specific categories in which the various artists can be awarded special recognition. This year, we are honored to announce that Erin Hanson won “First Place Two Dimensional on Canvas” for her painting North Canyon.

North Canyon by Erin Hanson

This piece, which was also included in the exhibition Open Impressionism: The Works of Erin Hanson at The Goddard Center in Ardmore, OK, depicts an area of the Grand Canyon that holds a special place in Hanson’s heart. As she describes it: 

“I love the silence in the winter, when you can stand all alone at the edge of the rim, surrounded by vast, quiet beauty in every direction. This painting captures the transient light of early dawn."

Erin was honored to receive recognition for this piece during the esteemed Cowgirl Up! exhibition. As the Desert Caballeros Western Museum notes, Cowgirl Up! is first and foremost an exhibition, showcasing the entire body of work all in one location, throughout the duration of the show. We hope that sharing Erin Hanson’s unique perspective of the Western U.S. with other artists, patrons, curators, and collectors brings light and joy to the lives of all who view her work.

If you would like to enjoy more of Erin Hanson’s unique Open Impressionist style, take a look at her portfolio or view the works in person at The Erin Hanson Gallery. 


ERIN HANSON is a life-long painter, beginning her study of oils as a young child.  Her passion for natural beauty is seen in her work as she transforms vistas familiar and rare into stunning interpretations of bold color, playful rhythms and raw emotional impact. Her frequent forays into National Parks and other havens of nature include backpacking expeditions, rock climbing, and photo safaris.  Hanson's unique painting style has become known as Open Impressionism, which is now taught in art schools around the world. With thousands of collectors eagerly anticipating her work and millions of followers online, Hanson has become an iconic, driving force in the rebirth of contemporary impressionism, and she is quickly recognized as a prolific, modern master.

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