"It's like the song Willie Nelson sings, 'I grew up a-dreamin' of bein' a cowboy and lovin' the cowboy ways...'
I'd have been one too if it hadn't been for my third grade teacher." -Howard
Howard Post's career, you could say began in third grade when his school teacher submitted one of his drawings to the local newspaper. He won the competition and was awarded a yellow toy bulldozer (which he still has today). He is a third-generation Arizonian and grew up on a small ranch near Tucson in southern Arizona. He attended the University of Arizona where he completed his BFA and MFA degrees. In the early 1970s he worked as a graphic designer and illustrator for a variety of clients throughout the United States. After serving on the faculty at both University of Arizona and Arizona State University, he began painting full-time.
He remains true to his western heritage. He still competes in roping competitions throughout the west, yet he still considers himself an artist rather than a cowboy. Foremost is his role as a husband and father. With his wife of 49 years, Marilyn, they have five grown children and 18 grandchildren.
2018, Tucson Museum of Art, The West Observed: The Art of Howard Post, Traveling Exhibition including the Booth Museum and Desert Caballaros Museum
2017, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Artist of Distinction Award
2012, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Victor Higgins Award of Distinction (see also 2010)
2012, Phoenix Art Museum, West Select, Gold Medal for Painting
2010, Coors Western Art Exhibit Sale, Best of Award Show
2010, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Prix de West, Express Ranches Great American Cowboy Award
2009, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Palette Award
Western Art Collector
Art of the West
Western Art & Architecture
The Smithsonian Institute
US Postal Service, Washington D.C.
AT&T World Headquarters
Dean Witter Co.
Museum of History and Art, Salt Lake City
Tampa Museum of Art
Mesa Southwest Museum
The Forbes Foundation
Tuscon Museum of Art
Denver Art Museum
The Whitney Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Phoenix Art Museum
Scottsdale Museum of the West
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
Desert Cabballeros Museum
Ty Cobb III