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The J.C. Osborn Photography Studio

Opened on September 10, 1999, Prosperity Junction (The Robert and Nedra Funk Western Town Gallery) is a turn-of-the-20th century cattle town. Along its main street, the photography studio of J.C. Osborn stands. Inside the weathered clapboard building is a vintage camera and a photo portrait backdrop. Passing through the Osborn Photo Studio, one enters a 300-square-foot exhibition gallery that since April 2002 has been the venue for thematic displays of images and items from the Donald C. & Elizabeth M. Dickinson Research Center. A new exhibit is produced every six months by staff of the Center.

For each new exhibit in the Osborn Studio, the Dickinson Research Center also creates a companion virtual exhibit which is maintained on the Center's website in the Exhibits section.

Selected Images of the Studio  

Envisioning the West Envisioning the West.
Curated by Gerrianne Schaad.
Exhibit runs from April 11, 2011 through March 30, 2012.

On display in the Atherton Alcove from April 11, 2011 through March 30, 2012, this exhibit tells the story of Prix de West artist Wilson Hurley (1924-2008) and his work on the triptych The Wyoming Suite. Come to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and learn about Wilson Hurley's special easel and how his knowledge of topography gave him the insight to create such large and beautiful triptychs. The exhibit will focus on Hurley's work on the The Wyoming Suite, which features the lower falls of the Yellowstone. The exhibit is presented by the A. Keith Brodkin Contemporary Western Artists Project.

Twentieth Century Photography.
Curated by Gerrianne Schaad.
Showing for at least two years, starting July 2011.

This is an online companion to the on-going exhibit in the Osborn Photography Studio of Prosperity Junction and it provides some description of photography in the twentieth century, including a timeline highlighting new cameras to the world of photography. The exhibit is illustrated with images of children in cowboy or western attire, all scanned from photographs loaned by Museum docents and staff. The online exhibit also features a section about early photographic processes.

Martha Maxwell "Did She Kill 'em All?" Martha Maxwell, Colorado Huntress.
Curated by Chuck Rand.
Exhibit ran from January 16 through July 12, 2009.

Martha Ann (Dartt) Maxwell (1831-1881) was the first woman field naturalist who obtained and prepared her own specimens in the same manner as her male contemporaries. As a taxidermist, Martha innovated the natural habitat diorama by placing stuffed animals in natural poses in detailed realistic habitats and directly influenced the designs of later museum dioramas. Her presentation of Colorado animals at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition in 1876 did much to dispel the stereotypical notions about women’s work. Click the above link to visit the virtual exhibit.

Savior or Spoiler exhibit Savior or Spoiler? Teddy Roosevelt as a Third Party Candidate in 1912.
Curated by Karen Spilman and Jennifer Wochner.
Exhibit ran July 18, 2008 through January 4, 2009.

The historic United States presidential election of 1912 gives a vantage point from which to examine the impact of "the spoiler candidate." After two terms in office, Teddy Roosevelt left office in 1908 only to return to the campaign trail in 1912 as the head of his new "Bull Moose" party. Roosevelt is one of four U.S. presidents inducted into the National Cowboy Museum’s Hall of Great Westerners.
Click the above link to visit the virtual exhibit.

Being Buffalo Bill Being Buffalo Bill: Man, Myth, and Media.
Curated by Chuck Rand.
Exhibit ran January 18, 2008 through July 6, 2008.
The exhibit explains and illustrates this man-to-myth-through-media evolution using commentary, popular western imagery, documentary and western film clips.
Click the above link to visit the virtual exhibit.

Osborn Photography Studio entrance While visiting the old west cattle town of Prosperity Junction at the Museum, be sure to step into the Osborn Photo Studio. Through these doors you will find not only a photography studio, but also the Osborn Studio Gallery, which is an exhibit space maintained by the Dickinson Research Center.

Osborn Photography studio Osborn Photography Studio features a camera, special lighting, backdrop, and pedestal.

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