Curt Walters won the Jackie L. Coles Buyers’ Choice Award for his Grand Canyon painting A Chasm Sublime: Plateau Point at the 2019 Prix de West. Previously, at Prix de West, Walters had been honored with the Buyers’ Choice Award in 1998, 2002, 2007, 2011, 2013 and 2017; and the Frederic Remington Award back to back in 2004 and 2005, and then again in 2013. He was honored with a double win in 2007 for the Buyers’ Choice Award for Ra’s Domain and the Prix de West Purchase Award for Spring’s Caprice, uniquely the only time in the history of the show 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 Walters and is an intimate view of the personal, emotional content behind his art. The documentary was well-received and was the 6th most popular in the short documentary category during the run of the festival (out of 26 short documentaries). A 28-minute edit of the film is currently available on Plein Air Magazine’s online video channel.
“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. Previously Walters was included as one of “Forty Prominent People in the Western Art World” (Southwest Art 2011). And, Art of the West magazine was the first to herald him as the “Greatest Living Grand Canyon Artist” in 1997, and one of “Eight True Masters” in 2007.