Joe Beeler

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Joe Neal Beeler
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Joe Beeler at work. Photo courtesy Pittsburg State University
Born(1931-12-25)December 25, 1931
Joplin, Missouri, US
DiedApril 26, 2006(2006-04-26) (aged 74)
Occupation(s)sculptor, 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:


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.


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

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