Museum of Western Art
Gene will have his fifth one-man museum show beginning June 19, 2020. The Museum’s permanent collection is a testament to western artists working from the mid 20th Century to today. It will be entitled, “Looks Like We’ll Just Have to tighten Our Belts Again”.
Western Art of the Twenty-First Century Cowboys
Gene is proud to be one of the forty living contemporary artists to be selected. Seth Hopkins, director of the Booth Museum, wrote: “I think the artists herein are the best.”
The museum is home to the largest collection of contemporary Western art in the world. It is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institute.
National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Museum
In 2005 he had the best attended show in the 50 year history of the museum. Director Mike Leslie said, “We were expecting a good crowd, but were overwhelmed by the number of people and their reactions.” Leslie said the show was a hit until it ended four months later.
Institute of Texan Cultures
In 1988, he had the best attended one-man show in their history. Director Al Lownman wrote, “It’s never been remotely duplicated in my twenty years here, and I doubt that it will be in my time remaining here.”
“Call it characterization or soul or feeling, humanness is what Gene Zesch’s sculptures are all about.”
“Gene Zesch’s art is a celebration of the good-natured self reliance that goes with life in the hardscrabble Texas hill country. Anyone who can look at one of Gene’s pieces and not smile has spent way too much time in town.”
“His work is widely accepted, even among those who have little interest in western art. And his hand-painted bronzes fill a special niche in the art world.”
“What Gene does is capture the real truths about Texas ranch life and the human heart.”
“Gene has elevated ranch survival into an art form!”
“Zesch is virtually the only wood carver to be in the competitive world of fine art!”