Gold Medal for Best Drawing at COWBOY CROSSINGS!

Cowboy Artisits of America Annual Show
The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, OK
Oct 5-7, 2017

Michael was blessed to be the winner of the 2017 Gold Medal for Best Drawing this year at the Cowboy Artists of America Show!  Needless to say, he is extremely grateful and humbled to have received this honor.  Below is the drawing "COWGIRL" charcoal and chalk 24"h x 20"w.  Many thanks to Corey from Montana for being a willing model!

See the new editiorial on Michael and his work in the April issue of SOUTHWEST ART magazine.



"APACHE LAND" won the "Collector's Choice/Best of Show Award" at
the Art Show and Sale To Benefit The C M Russell Museum!

Michael's painting won this award as the first time recipient of a newly created award this year (2017) in Great Falls MT.  This marks the 4th year in a row that he has been an award winner of either an Artists Choice Award, 
a Patron's Choice Award, a Collector's Choice Award or a Best of Show Award."What an honor and a very humbling experience" Michael says.  "The Russell puts on a great event, it's been very good to me over the years, and I'm thrilled to be a part of this great annual event".


Michael was voted into the prestigious Cowboy Artists of America on Thursday Oct 13, 2016 in Oklahoma City at their annual meeeting.   Here's a statement from Michael:

"I want to officially thank the members of the Cowboy Artists of America for voting me in as a new member last week. To have the acknowledgment of ones peers is incredibly humbling and gives one the motivation to work even harder to produce paintings at the highest level possible. Congratulations to the other new members; Tim Solliday, Phil Epp, Tyler Crow, and Mikel Donahue. All well deserving artists! The members of CAA and their wives were very gracious and kind during the whole weekend, and made me feel immediately like one of the "family". The show they put on was of the highest quality full of killer paintings and sculpture. Congratulations to all of the award winners....and thanks to the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum for working so hard to make the show the very best it could be (as they always do!) - you're the best. Well, back to the easel........." 

2016 Quest For The West Show at the Eiteljorg Museum
Indianapolis, IN 

The Quest For The West Show at the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis, IN was again a venue for Michael's work.  Building on his success there in recent years, he presented 4 new paintings, all of which sold.  "A Fight For Life, A Fight For A Way of Life" won the Artists Choice Award (he has won this award 3 years in a row!).  He and his wife Valerie attended the show, which is always one of his favorites!  He looks forward to being there again in 2017.

2016 Prix de West

Michael and his wife Valerie attended the Prix de West in 2016 and looks forward to being there again in 2017. Thanks again to all the staff, artists and collectors who made 2016 a great weekend - I'm sure that they will do it again in 2017!

The Russell Skull Society of Artists 2016

Michael has had the honor of being invited to join the Russell Skull Society of Artists 2016 (sponsored by the C. M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, MT), and he gladly has agreed to join the wonderful group of very talented and succesful artists that make up the society.  He will be creating a large work for the March Auction that will benefit the C M Russell Museum, and will have an additional work in the Skull Society Booth at the Convention Center.  He will also be participating in the Art In Action at the Meadow lark Country Club during the Art week in March in Great Falls....Stay tuned for more information regarding sxchedule details in the spring of 2016. 


CHECK OUT THE 2015 March/April issue of Art Of The West - they just did an article on Michael's work.
"FINE ART AND FREEDOM"  (Cover by Jeff Legg)


GENESIS PAINTING PROJECT - Commissions from Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Chicago, IL

Michael finished the 4 paintings that he has been working on over the last year and a half that were created for Adventist Hinsdale Hospital in Chicago, IL.  They represent the days of creation that are written in Genesis Chapter 1:1-31, Chapter 2:1-4.  The artist Larry Dyke (from Texas) did days one through three.  Michael did days four through seven.  The final installed gallery was dedicated on Wednesday Sept 3rd, 2014.  Below are the paintings for days 4, 5, 6 and 7.

"It was a privilege to be a part of such a large and ambitious project, and many thanks to Fran Gassner (the art coordinator and designer from Boulder, CO), David Crane and the creative team at Hinsdale, and also to Larry Dyke.  We all believe that the good Lord will use these paintings to bring His peace and joy to the patients and their families that come to Hinsdale Hospital.  I know that they will contribute to the awesome spirit of love, care and peace that I found when I was there for the dedication."  
C. Michael Dudash  Sept 2014


Michael attended the "Quest For The West" show at the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis, IN this past weekend, and had a successful show.  All four of his paintings sold, and the overall show broke an opening record for sales.  Thanks to the collectors who supported his art!  The show will remain open for another 5 weeks - you can also see the artwork by clicking on the following hyperlink: 

ARTIST FOCUS - Western Art Collector Magazine June 2013

See page 101 for WAC Artist Focus on Michael

ARTIST FOCUS - Western Art Collector Magazine August 2012

See page 118 for WAC Artist Focus on Michael, and Page 37 for his Legacy Gallery Ad.



Michael has just completed a cover painting and a large number of inside pieces of artwork for a new Bible that will be published this summer called the Founders Bible (updated New American Standard Bible Reference Edition).  It will be published by Shiloh Road Publishing, and has extensive writings from renowned historian and writer David Barton, founder and president of Wallbuilders.  The additional writing and historical stories and material David has included showcase the Biblical principals that our founding fathers used to establish a new nation.  I will be in Dallas at the Glenn Beck "Restoring Love" event July 26-28 at the Founders Bible booth at Cowboy Stadium.  Maybe I'll see some of you there!  See below for the cover painting and a few samples of the inside artwork.  CLICK HERE to go the new website.


















 Virtually ANY PAINTING THAT YOU SEE ANYWHERE ON MY WEBSITE can be ordered as a CUSTOM HIGH QUALITY GICLEE PRINT ON PAPER OR CANVAS.  I work with a couple of printers that can deliver to your door a reasonably priced print within a couple of weeks.  Call or email me for a quote and to answer any of your questions.  I look forward to hearing from you!

C M Dudash

C. Michael Dudash - Western Collection
****NOTE:  See the April edition of Western Art Collector - The mag has done a 1 page spread on Michael's book.  They are also featuring paintings and painters of the Old West, and he will have more of his paintings and comments in the expanded editorial article.  Thanks to WAC for their support!

Michael has just published a new art book that will showcase his Western art from the last several years.  It has a cloth hardcover, is 9"h x 12"w, with 64 pages and has a total of 87 of his paintings.  It is limited to 300 copies as a first edition, and each book has a signed and numbered bookplate on the inside cover. Price: $60.00  Page samples are available here for viewing.  It is available through this website, and whenever Michael makes a personal appearance at his workshops or gallery shows.

Information on Michael's upcoming Workshops and Shows are on his website - see the links on the left for quick navigation to the information.


Michael and his wife Valerie have moved into a temporary home (albeit a beautiful one!) in Hayden, ID - right next door to Coeur d'Alene.  The studio is up and running as of March 28.  The new address is:
9377 North Torrey Lane
Hayden, ID  83835
PH: (208) 635-5875
(C) 814-282-6128
His email and website address will remain the same.



Check out this beautiful gallery , and see a nice collection of Michael's original's......
Saks Galleries, 3019 East 2nd Ave, Denver, CO 80206;  PH 303-333-4144.

Michael's painting "A DAY TO REMEMBER" won the Collector's Choice Award at the American Art Invitational
at the Saks Gallery in Denver, CO on Dec. 3, 2010.  He was in attendance with a large number of other artists who were in the show.  The Saks Gallery did a great job in every way as they presented a wonderful show and event.  Thanks to the staff and owners, Mikkel and Catherine Saks.



My painting "RAHAB" has been given an "AWARD OF EXCELLENCE" at the OPA Eastern Regional Show at Walls Fine Art in Wilmington, NC.  I wasn't able to attend, but it looked like a great show.




I am now offering on-line portfolio critiques.  CLICK HERE for more information.



Check out my BLOG for other current events.


See the February 2009 issue of Western Art Collector Magazine. They did an article that covered the show at The Legacy Gallery in Scottsdale on Feb 12th, 2009 with Michael and artist Kristi Melaine.  See pg. 94.