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Art inspired by archaeology - archaeology as art

The Largest Indoor Art Show in the Sedona/Verde Valley Area

held in conjunction with the Camp Verde Pecan and Wine Festival and the Verde River Canoe/Kayak Run
March 17, 2018 - 10:00 am to 5:00 pm - Saturday
March 18, 2018 - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm - Sunday

Camp Verde Community Center
395 S. Main St., Camp Verde, AZ
Free Admission


Download the Art Show Prospectus that provides artist information about the application process, deadlines, fees and booth spaces. Non-Native American artists must have an Arizona TPT#. In addition, a $25 Town of Camp Verde Special Event business license is required. Click HERE for a partially completed Camp Verde event form if needed. When ready to apply complete our online application. Click HERE to see the Community Center floor plan and available spaces.

About the Show

Past people have shaped the landscape of the Verde Valley. They left their mark through their dwellings, markings on rock, and the terracing of the landscape. Art can provide a visual interpretation of the landscape of these past people along with the scientific interpretation of archaeology. The goal of this Celebration is to demonstration the relevance that the past has for today’s contemporary artists that are evoked by the art and artifacts of our ancestors.

Paul Dyck (1917-2006) was born in Chicago. His family was originally from Europe but lived in Alberta, Canada; Chicago, Illinois; and St. Paul, Minnesota. While in southern Alberta, the family lived with the Blackfoot Tribe which began Paul’s life-long interest in the Plains Indian culture. Paul’s family returned to Europe in 1921. Being a decedent of Sir Anthony Van Dyck (1599–1641), his family decided that Paul was to train to be an artist. At age 12 he was sent to apprentice with his Uncle Johann van Skramlick, a well-known European portrait painter. Paul returned to New York in 1934 where he stayed for about three weeks, but then went to South Dakota to see his friend, One Elk, a Lakota Sioux holy man.

Paul settled in Rimrock in the Verde Valley in 1938. Using money he earned from advertising illustration work he purchased a 312-acre ranch. Paul largely painted on board in the Old Master tradition or utilized the Japanese Sumi-e ink techniques, but he also worked with acrylics. Paul became well-known as a painter and ultimately had 65 one-man exhibitions all over the country, including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Tucson. His paintings are included in the collection of the Phoenix Art Museum, the Museum of Northern Arizona, and the Tucson Museum of Art.

In the late 1950s, Paul became concerned that a prehistoric rock shelter on his property would be pot-hunted due to development in the Rimrock area. During an exhibit of his life-size paintings of Plains Indian Chiefs at the Southwest Museum in Los Angeles he met an archaeologist who he persuaded to visit the rock shelter. This turned into ten years of summer field schools for graduate students. The entire collection of over 25,000 artifacts were given to the Center shortly after his death.

This Celebration of Archaeology in Art is our tribute to Paul Dyck as both an artist and as a preservationist.