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2021 Steel Dust Award

Mapes was awarded the 2021 Steel Dust Award on during the America’s Horse in Art Show & Sale

Jan Mapes of Kim, Colo., won the prestigious Steel Dust Award at the 13th annual America’s Horse in Art Show & Sale on Aug. 14 at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum in Amarillo, Texas.

Mapes was recognized for her superior quality work for her bronze, titled, “Tribute.” Selected by a panel of judges, the award is based on the artistic merit of the entire body of work submitted to the show. Mapes received a specially designed plaque, and half-page advertisement in the magazine Art of the West, valued at $1,780, courtesy of Art of the West.

Mapes was recognized for her superior quality work for her bronze, titled, “Tribute.” Photo courtesy American Quarter Horse Association

Mapes discovered her love for horses and the outdoors at a young age on visits to her grandparents’ ranch. Through high school and college, her passion for horses and the western way of life grew. Horses became the subjects that filled her sketchbooks, but until she visited Santa Fe, N.M., on her honeymoon, she didn’t consider her art as anything more than a hobby. With encouragement from her horse trainer husband, Mapes developed her ability to express, first in clay and later in paint, the things that touched her heart.

For more than 30 years, Mapes has made her home in a rural ranch community, training her eye, honing her craft and working cattle.

Today, her work travels from her studio in southeastern Colorado across the United States, while her work for the National Cutting Horse Association takes her sculpture around the world.


The American Quarter Horse Foundation hosted an online auction on Aug. 14 for the 2021 America’s Horse in Art Show & Sale. Pieces are still available to purchase through Oct. 16. To purchase a piece to add to your collection, visit http://www.aqha.com/artshow. All purchased art work will remain on display at the museum through the end of the exhibit.

For more information on the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum, visit http://www.aqha.com/museum.


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