Kim Wiggins’ distinct style and modern vision of the West has made him one of the most recognizable artists in America. He is acknowledged as one of the creative forerunners behind the current New West or Modern West Movement. Primarily self-taught, he first marketed his work in Scottsdale in 1972. During the 1980s, he experimented with various forms of impressionism, expressionism, magical realism, symbolism and modernism, which eventually led to his distinct approach.
His finest work merges symbolism with the American West and is found in the permanent collection of the American Museum of Western Art—the Anschutz Collection, Autry Museum of the American West, Briscoe Western Art Museum, Denver, Colorado; Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville, Georgia; Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe; and Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana. Highlights of his career include group exhibitions at Masters of the American West at the Autry Museum of the American West, Los Angeles, California; Other Side of the West; Art Institute of Chicago; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Wiggins has been honored with numerous awards including the Autry Museum’s Gold Medal for Best Narrative in 2020, the Briscoe Museum’s William B. Travis Award in 2018, the New Mexico Historical Society’s Heritage Award in 2014, the Autry Museum’s Jackie Autry Special Purchase in 2005 and the People’s Choice at the Painters and the American West exhibition in 2000. The Staples Center in LA houses a major collection of Wiggins’ historical work of California, often used for backstage interviews such as the Grammys. Kim Wiggins is represented by Manitou Galleries, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Maxwell Alexander Gallery, Los Angeles, California; Settlers West Galleries, Tucson, Arizona.