Joe Beeler is acknowledged
as a pioneer in the field of Western art. He was formally
trained at Tulsa University and the Art Center School of
Design in California. As a youth, he spent much time at
the studio of Charles Banks Wilson studying his techniques.
He began his professional career as an illustrator for
the University of Oklahoma Press. His work is a blend of
historic and contemporary subject matter. He has had one-man
shows in every major western museum in the United States
and is represented in numerous collections including Woolaroc
and Gilcrease Museums in Oklahoma, and the Cody Museum
Joe Beeler's art has been exhibited
in the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, Charles M. Russell
Museum, the Heard Museum, and the Institute of Texas Cultures,
among others. In 1965, Joe Beeler helped found the Cowboy
Artists of America, the organization credited with inspiring
the popularity of western art today. The Town of Sedona
has honored him by erecting a sculpture of Joe Beeler in
the middle of downtown. A native of Joplin, Missouri, Joe
has "a hefty dose"
of Cherokee blood.