Curt Walters won the Jackie L. Coles Buyers’ Choice Award for his Grand Canyon painting Compilation of the Gods at Prix de West in 2017. With this win, Walters has won the Buyers’ Choice six times, the most by one artist in the show’s history. Previously at Prix de West, Walters was honored with the Buyers’ Choice Award in 1998, 2002, 2007, 2011 and 2013, and the Frederic Remington Award back to back in 2004 and 2005, then again in 2013. He was honored with a double win in 2007, receiving the Buyers’ Choice Award for Ra’s Domain and the Prixde West Purchase Award for Spring’s Caprice, the only time in the show’s history that an artist has won two awards for different paintings in the same show.
Walters was the subject of a documentary short that premiered at the Sedona International Film Festival, in February 2019, during their 25th Anniversary Celebration. The film was created by Miranda Foreman, Walters’ daughter, and Rainmaker Productions. The 20-minute film is narrated by Curt himself, and is an intimate view of the personal, emotional content behind his art. The documentary was well-received and was the sixth most popular in the short documentary category during the run of the festival (out of 26 short documentaries).
“King of the Canyon” is a title recently used (Art of the West, Mar/Apr 2017) to define Walters’ lifelong obsession with his favorite subject, the Grand Canyon.