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|Joe Neil Beeler|
Joe Beeler at work. Photo courtesy Pittsburg State University
Joplin, Missouri, U.S.A.
Joe Neil Beeler (1931-2006) was an American illustrator, artist and sculptor specializing in the field of Western art. In 1965, he cofounded the Cowboy Artists of America (CAA) with Charlie Dye, John Hampton and George Phippen.
Beeler was born part Cherokee in 1931 in Joplin, Missouri. At an early age, Beeler started drawing and becoming very artistic. He continued his skills throughout college at Kansas State Teachers College and later attended the Art Center of Design in Los Angeles, California. After his time in school, Beeler worked as an illustrator for the University of Oklahoma Press. Beeler's life as an artist was difficult for him but he eventually become recognized for all of his hard work. Beeler's career really took off after his one-man performance at the Gilcrease Museum. In 1962, he and his family moved to Sedona, Arizona, where he died. In 1965, Beeler along with many other cowboy artists started the Cowboy Artists of America.
His works have been displayed in a number of museums including:
- Woolaroc Museum
- National Cowboy Hall of Fame
- Montana Historical Society
- Charles M. Russell Museum
- Heard Museum
- Whitney Museum of American Art
- Institute of Texas Cultures
- Joe Beeler on AskART
- CAA Museum - biography
- Joe Beeler obituary
- Joe Beeler's art
- The Joe Beeler Collection at Pittsburg State University
- "Joe Beeler Biography". Medicine Man Gallery. Retrieved 29 December 2012.
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