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MICHAEL SWEARNGIN was born in Olathe, Kansas in 1959 but it wasn't until he moved to San Antonio, Texas in 1973, that Michael found his passion and artistic career. After 16 years in San Antonio he could not help but be influenced by the rich colors and textures which have become a trademark feature in his contemporary western style of painting.

Combining his interest in contemporary art with the heritage of the American Cowboy, he expresses these experiences to others through his art. Michael’s fluid acrylic paintings create unique imagery inspired by the rugged spirit so vividly seen in the west. 


Rancho Mirage Art Affaire

​November 2016
First Place for Acrylics
Ranch Mirage, CA


Buffalo Bill Art Show and Auction
September 2016
Buffalo Bill Center of the West and Museum 
Cody, Wyoming


John Ford Clymer Museum and Gallery
September-Oct. 2016
Ellensburg, WA 


National Museum of Wildlife Art
September-October 2016
Western Visions 28th Annual Show & Sale 
Jackson, Wyoming


Park City Kimball Art Festival

August 2016

Park City, UT


Xanadu Gallery Mid-Winter Show

Two Person Show
February 18, 2016
Xanadu Gallery 
Scottsdale, AZ 

Tohono Chul Gardens - Galleries - Bistro

November 14, 2015 through February 14, 2016

Taking Flight : Birds in Art

Tucson, Arizona 


Rancho Mirage Art Affaire

​November 2015
Ranch Mirage, CA


National Museum of Wildlife Art

September-October 2015

Western Visions 28th Annual Show & Sale 

Jackson, Wyoming

Buffalo Bill Art Show and Auction
September 2015

Buffalo Bill Center of the West and Museum 

Cody, Wyoming

Rare Gallery Mid Summer Show

August 12, 2015

Rare Gallery ​Jackson Hole 
Jackson, Wyoming 83001

Windows to the West Art Show

June 6th - July 27, 2015

Cultural Arts Council Gallery
Estes Park, Colorado


New Look at the West ​October 23 - November 27, 2014

Award winner Western art and Architecture Award of Excellence

The Pearce Museum Corsicana, Texas


Buffalo Bill Art Show and Auction

August – September 2014 Buffalo Bill Center of the West and Museum Cody, Wyoming

Shemer Art Center and Museum

Arizona Judge: American Icon Art Competition


September 2013 Sausalito Arts Festival Sausalito, California

Joan Cawley Gallery November 2013

Two Person Show Scottsdale, Arizona ​New Look at the West ​September 6 – October 18, 2013

The Pearce Museum ​Corsicana, Texas ​ Redlands Festival of Arts

May 25 – 26, 2013

First Place Award for 2D Art (Painting) Redlands, California ​10 Year Anniversary Show May 2014 Adelante!

Gallery Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Western Artists of America: July 13 – August 30, 2013

Miniature Show and Auction 2013 Featured Work: Lone Roan and the Dying Moon Western Heritage Center Billings, Montana Ridgeway Arts Festival 2012 - June 2012

First Place Award – Acrylic Painting Ridgeway, Colorado The Pearce Museum -March 2012

Bronze Award for “Like Straw Before The Wind” Western Artists of America 2012

Corsicana, Texas

​Rancho Mirage Art Affaire ​November 2011

First Place for Acrylics

Ranch Mirage, CA Joan Cawley Gallery, October 2011

Featured Artist Scottsdale Western ArtWalk One Man Show

Scottsdale Arizona Vail Arts Festival June 2011 Featured Artist Vail-Lionshead, Colorado

Ridgeway Arts Festival August 2011 First Place Award – Painting Ridgeway, Colorado

Rancho Mirage Art Affaire November 2011-2010 First Place for Acrylics Ranch Mirage, CA


The Pearce Museum

January 2011 ​Western Artists of America 2011 Show & Sale Catalogue

Corsicana, Texas


Desert Caballeros Western Museum ​Oct 2010 – March 2011

Collecting the West: Rodeo, Ranching, Rough stock

Wickenburg, Arizona


One Man Show Scottsdale, Arizona ​Rockwell Museum of Western Art

May 2010 – January 2011

21st Century Regionalists: Art of the NEXT West

Corning, NY


Museum of Western Art -Aug 2009

2009 Silver Award for Acrylic Painting "Zest"

Kerrville, Texas Booth Western Art Museum in Association with the Smithsonian Institute


July 2008

acquires the “Cowgirl and the Vaquero” Cartersville, GA ​Phippen Art Museum Art Show ​May 2007

Winners Round Up “American Quarter” Prescott, AZ Joan Cawley Gallery October 2007


Three Person Show Scottsdale, AZ P.B. Hein Vineyards

Inargural Label for the Trailblazer Syrah Series2005 to Present

Napa, CA

Southwest Arts Festival

January 2006

Best of Show and First Place painting award

Indio, CA


Rancho Mirage Art Affaire

November 2004

First Place painting award

Ranch Mirage, CA St. George Arts Festival


April 2004

Second Place painting award

St.George, UT Greater Oro Valley art festival


April 2004

Featured Poster Artist

Tucson, AZ The Southwest Arts Festival


February 2004

Painting award winner

Indio CA ​Phippen Fine Art Show


May 2003

Painting award winner

Prescott, AZ Greater Oro Valley Art Festival


April 2003

First Place Painting award

Tucson, AZ Joan Cawley Gallery


February 2003

One Man Show

Scottsdale AZ


Joan Cawley Gallery- October 2002

One Man Show

Scottsdale, AZ


Joan Cawley Gallery - March 2002

Previews Horse, Red, White, and Blue Fine Art Print at New York Expo New York, NY


Joan Cawley Gallery November 1996

Previews First Fine Art Print at New York Expo New York, NY


Joan Cawley Gallery October 1994

A Midwestern View Featuring Six Kansas City Artists

Lenexa, KS


Park City Kimball Art Festival

August 2002 – 2008


Horse Red White and Blue

May 2002

Selected for Tribute to New York as a greeting card for the 17th annual Surtex Show


Joan Cawley Gallery

December 2001

Fireman’s Fund Show and Poster Signing Featured Artist for Horse Red White and Blue


Scottsdale Symphony Orchestra

Season1999 – 2000

Featured Artist for the 25th Silver Anniversary Scottsdale, AZ ​


Michael Martin Murphy Cowboy Christmas

December 1997

Two Man Show

Overland Park, KS ​


Telluride’s Wild West Festival

September 1997

Featured Poster Artist Hosted by the Sheridan Arts Foundation, Telluride, CO


Forty-fifth Grand International Signature Classic Knickerbocker Artist, USA ​

February 1997

Joan Cawley Gallery

Scottsdale, AZ


Hidden Glen Art Festival

October 1994 – 1996

Watercolorist Demonstrator Shadow Glen Country Club Olathe, KS


Waddie Mitchell and Don Edwards Cowboy Christmas and Art Show

December 1995

Overland Park, KS


American Royal Rodeo and Equestrian Show

November 1995

American Royal Museum Art Show Kansas, City, MO


Walnut Valley Art Festival and International Flat Pickers Championship

September 1994 – 1995

Painting Award Winner

Winfield. KS

Joan Cawley Gallery ​Fall of 1990-1991

Started representing

Lenexa, KS

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