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Cowboy Hall of Fame

Earl Kuhn - Cowboy Artist

Earl Kuhn was born to Emil and Zita Kuhn on October 5, 1947 in Victoria, Kansas. As a child he lived in Plainville, where worked from the age of five through high school at a family run grocery store. While at Fort Hays State College, Earl developed his talent as a western artist by painting and drawing for friends, and by painting rodeo signs around the region. While at FHSC he met Kaye Lukens, a rodeo cowgirl from Medicine Lodge, Kansas. In 1970 they married and lived in St. John for a year before moving to Medicine Lodge where Earl taught high school Art. He opened his Sagebrush Gallery of Western Art in Medicine Lodge in 1979. The Kuhn’s hosted the Indian Summer Days Professional Western Art Show each fall during the 1980’s in Medicine Lodge. This event brought in artists from throughout the U.S. In addition to many venues in the U.S., Earl’s paintings regularly show in Amarillo; Tucson; Houston; Denver and Oklahoma City. His watercolors won “Best of Show” at the World Championship Ranch Rodeo’s “Best of the West” Western Art Show in 2001. He has won gold, silver and bronze metals at the National Western Artists’ and Texas Cowboy Artists’ Annual Shows. In 1986 he received the Mercedes Boot Award for Best of Show in painting at the Texas Cowboy Artists’. exhibit. Kuhn was the 1989 Artist of the Year at the American Royal Western Art Show. He had Best of Show in Albuquerque at the Chuckwagon Art Show in 1995. Earl’s work has been selected for many event programs, prints and posters, and has graced numerous magazine covers. The Kuhn’s have three sons, Kelly (Michelle), Kory (Stephanie) and Kerry (Misti). Grandchildren are Megan, Garrett, Amy, Kauy, Kolt, Kendall and Kody. Shown here is a reproduction of Earl’s painting “Preschool” featuring his grandson Kauy, son of Kerry.

Year inducted: 2010

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