June 2 - July 29, 2012
Organized by Glenbow Museum
About the Exhibition
Youthful American entrepreneur Guy Weadick created a new tradition for the young city of Calgary in 1912 - The Stampede. He invited the best North American competitors to the rodeo and awarded their success with cash and gold-plated prize buckles. Weadick hosted an art exhibition that featured Charlie Russell and another American cowboy artist, Ed Borein. Weadick also hired Borein, one of the best western illustrators, to create images for Weadick's Stampede advertising campaign. Borein's dynamic imagery would help create an iconic visual identity for the Calgary Stampede.
Through a selection of unique and rarely seen objects from Glenbow's collections - including 1912 prize buckles, Guy Weadick's hand-decorated saddle and Ed Borein's artwork - this exhibition provides an insightful look at the beginnings of the Calgary Stampede.