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Wilson Hurley Interview

Identifier: RC2010-008A

Scope and Contents

Content consists of two audio cassette tapes. Recorded length of interview is unknown. A transcription has not been made yet, although the tapes have been converted to digital recordings on CD.


  • Creation: 1995


Conditions Governing Access

Digitized audio is available for study purposes. It is advisable for researchers to discuss their proposed research with staff prior to visiting the Center.

Conditions Governing Use

The Wilson Hurley Interview is the property of the Donald C. & Elizabeth M. Dickinson Research Center, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Literary right, including copyright, belongs to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, with the exception of copyrighted artwork images and published literary works, which are the property of the respective copyright holders. It is the responsibility of the researcher, and his/her publisher, to obtain publishing permission from individuals pictured, relevant copyright holders, and the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

Biographical / Historical

Wilson Hurley The artist Wilson Hurley was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on April 11, 1924. In 1972, Hurley became a member of the National Academy of Western Art, and in 1984, he was given the Prix de West Purchase Award by the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. In 1991, Hurley painted five large triptychs for the Special Events Center at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, each celebrating the beauty of western landscapes of Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, California, and Wyoming. In 1996, he completed the triptychs and titled the series, “Windows to the West” because of the diversity of geographical locations and, in his words, to “show a view of the world passed through another’s mind.”

Duane R. Chartier Chartier installed the five triptychs in the Special Events Center at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum between February 1991 and August 1996. From his curriculum vitae, Chartier explains the experience: “This was a five-year project to provide technical advice, fabrication and installation services for 5 triptychs with 16’x16′ center panels and 10’x16′ wing panels. Work included the custom design and fabrication of interlocking honeycomb aluminum panels onto which the paintings were marouflaged. This is the world’s largest landscape painting installation.”


2 Cassettes (2 audio cassette tapes)

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This collection consists of two cassette tapes featuring a discussion with Wilson Hurley about the triptychs. Interview is conducted by Duane Chartier in 1995.

Processing Information

The Center received the two audio cassettes from Bill Wyles on January 11, 2010 and the signed gift agreement on January 15, 2010. The two cassettes were processed in March 2010. The guide was written and updated online on April 5, 2010.

This collection was given a duplicate accession number. An "A" was placed at the end of the accession number to differentiate it from the original RC2010.008.

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Repository Details

Part of the NCWHM Special Collections at Dickinson Research Center Repository

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