Harold T. Holden (1940–2023)


 
Harold T. Holden—or “H,” as he was known to most folks—captured the West in sculptures and paintings for more than 40 years. He completed 22 public sculptures over a 20-year span, and his work can be found in the Oklahoma State Capitol and on a U.S. postage stamp. 
 
In 2020 Holden won the James Earl Fraser Award for Sculpture at the Prix de WestInvitational Art Exhibition & Sale at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. In April 2017 he was the first Oklahoma artist to be inducted into the Hall of Great Westerners at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. In 2014 he was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and in 2012 was elected to membership in the Cowboy Artists of America. In 2010, the Oklahoma Heritage Association in Oklahoma City featured a one-man retrospective of his work, and he received the American Cowboy Culture Award in Art from the National Cowboy Symposium, Lubbock, Texas. He had one-man shows at the Oklahoma State University Foundation in January 2008 and the Museum of Western Colorado in Grand Junction in May of 2007, and was recognized with a Distinguished Alumni Award by Oklahoma State University in 2005. Holden received the Governor’s Art Award from Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating in 2001 and was honored in 2000 with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oklahoma Sculpture Society. 
 
Holden’s work is found in museums and collections around the world. He was a longtime participant in the Autry’s Masters of the American West, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s Prix de WestInvitational Art Exhibition & Sale, the Cheyenne Frontier Days Western Art Show & Sale, and the Gilcrease Museum’s Rendezvous in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 
 
Harold “H” Holden passed away on December 6, 2023, as he was preparing to participate in the 2024 Masters. He is survived by his wife, Edna Mae, and his two children, Tim Holden and Shannon Meyer and their families. 
 
Harold T. Holden’s work is represented by Holden Art & Law, Enid, Oklahoma; Pierson Gallery, Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Wilcox Gallery, Jackson, Wyoming. 

 

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