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Walter Piehl Retrospective (1962 – 2018)
Exhibits: June 20 – August 3, 2019

The Arts Center Gallery is open
Weekdays: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturdays: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Admission is always free.


This Retrospective showcases the scope of Walter’s career and gives the public the opportunity to visually experience the evolution of an artist’s style. Walter is an aficionado of history and art with a lifelong passion for Western Americana. This stems from his upbringing in a ranching family that rode horses, raised stock, and participated in rodeos.

“I will always be a painter of Western Americana. The horse culture and the ranching culture were always so important
to me—part of my everyday life. Pursuing art and pursuing that subject matter which was so important to me, naturally led me into all s
orts of themes of the Wild West, of the tame West, of the rodeo and of the historic West.”  ~Walter Piehl

His passion for rodeo, horses, cowboys, and cowgirls permeates almost every artwork. This exhibition is organized to highlight Walter’s many suites, the hallmark of his work.

Walter will be our special guest during the Downtown Arts Market on Thursdsay, July 18. During the event, he will demonstrate his dynamic painting process—the hallmark of his style. Walter will be joined by his son, cowboy poet Shadd Piehl and singer Jessie Veeder for an evening celebrating our Western culture.  Don’t miss it!

The Walter Piehl exhibition is sponsored by the North Dakota Art Gallery Association with support from the North Dakota Council on the Arts.


Pictured above: Ladies Side Saddle, mixed media, 2012

Featured image: Candle Time, mixed media on paper, 1990