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West Point grad, historian and ‘Etched by the West’ author to give public lecture at the NIC in Casper

Byron Price, author of "Edward Borein: Etched by the West" will deliver a public lecture at the NIC on Thursday. (Photo and Image courtesy of the Nicolaysen Art Museum)

CASPER, Wyo. — Author, historian and West Point graduate Byron Price will deliver a free public lecture at the Nicolaysen (NIC) Art Museum starting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14.

Price is the author of “Edward Borein: Etched by the West.” Some of Borein’s pieces are on display at the NIC as part of the “Creating the West” exhibition, and Price’s lecture will include discussion of those pieces. The NIC notes that Thursday’s lecture will be the last chance for people to view the “Creating the West” exhibition.

Price graduated from West Point in 1970 and also holds a degree in museum science from Texas Tech University, according to the NIC’s announcement. He has served as curator of history and executive director of the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center and the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. Price retired from the University of Oklahoma in 2021.

In addition to “Edward Borein: Etched by the West,” Price has authored other books, magazines and journal articles on the subjects of western American history and art. The book on Borein won the 2022 Western Heritage Award for the best art book of the year from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, according to the NIC.

“Over ten years ago, I was a student in one of Byron’s classes,” NIC Executive Director Andy Couch said. “This is a great honor to have him here in Casper, and I cannot think of a better way to celebrate the closing of our Creating the West exhibit.” 

Signed copies of Price’s book will be available for purchase on Thursday. The NIC added that food catered by Branding Iron and a cash bar will both be available.

Price’s lecture and the Creating the West exhibition at the NIC are sponsored by Wattis Ranch, Ramkota Hotel & Conference of Casper, Visit Casper, and the Wyoming Arts Council.