Joe Beeler

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Joe Neal Beeler
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Joe Beeler at work. Photo courtesy Pittsburg State University
Joplin, Missouri, U.S.A.
Occupationsculptor,illustrator painter
"Thanks for the rain" by Joe Beeler.
Night Song by Joe Beeler, at Woolaroc Museum

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.

Personal information[edit]

Beeler was born part Cherokee on December 25, 1931 in Joplin, Missouri to Jack Beeler and Lean Setser.[1] At an early age, Beeler started drawing and continued 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 career progressed 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.[2]


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[2]


Joe Beeler died Wednesday April 26, 2006. He was helping neighbors and friends rope and brand calves when he succumbed to a heart attack. Joe was 74 years old. He was born on Christmas Day in 1931.

Sources and external links[edit]


  1. ^ King, Jeanne Snodgrass (1968). American Indian painters; a biographical directory. New York : Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation. pp. 16–17.CS1 maint: date and year (link)
  2. ^ a b "Joe Beeler Biography". Medicine Man Gallery. Retrieved 29 December 2012.