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Shirley Thomson-Smith’s bronze sculpture is distinctive and contemporary, blending characteristics of Native American and traditional African and Mexican cultures. Her sculptures portray strength and serenity in women. During the 1950s, she first observed Native American families along remote stretches of highway in Southern Colorado and marveled at their strength. Those experiences carved indelible images in her mind and still provide a wealth of resources for her sculptures. In 1985, she was accepted into the National Academy of Western Artists as one of only four women members at the time and has remained in the prestigious group since. She has shown her work annually in the Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition and Sale at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City since 1995, and was featured at the Rendezvous Exhibition and Art Sale 2001 at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa.
Biography from the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame