Howard Post has been recognized for his unique interpretation of the American West. A third generation Arizonan, Post grew up on a ranch near Tucson. Never far from his roots, he was a champion rodeo rider at the age of 17 and continued to participate in the rodeo circuit for many years. He attended the University of Arizona where he completed his BFA and MFA. After teaching at both the University of Arizona and Arizona State University, Post became a full time painter in the late 1970’s.
In the 1970s, Post worked as a graphic designer and illustrator for a variety of clients throughout the United States. After serving on the faculty at both the University of Arizona and Arizona State University, Post began painting full time “scenes of the West that I grew up with.”
His work quickly achieved critical acclaim and became a part of such important collections as the Smithsonian, AT&T, United Airlines and the Midland Museum.
In addition to receiving the Express Ranches Great American Cowboy Award from the Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition in 2010, Post received the 2010 and 2012 Victor Higgins Award of Distinction from the Eiteljorg Museum’s Quest for the West Art Show and the 2012 Painting Gold Medal from the Phoenix Art Museum’s West Select show.
Adapted from the National Cowboy Museum and Big Horn Galleries