McGee Gallery and Framing
Barbara McGee
  • “Painting gives me an avenue to explore the romance and emotion
    that surround and embody the West.”



Born and raised on an Iowa farm, McGee spent her childhood either riding horses or drawing them.
By age thirteen she knew she wanted to be an artist.

McGee graduated from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa in 1981 with a BA Degree in Art, and has since pursued  art as a full time career.
Horses have always been her main focus, but now she also paints cowboys, rodeo scenes, portraits, landscapes and florals.
Her main area of concentration is watercolor, but she is also an accomplished  oil and pastel painter.

In 1990, McGee started entering juried competitions; realized a long time dream of becoming a member of Women Artists of the West; and began showing her work at professional art shows around the country.
Her paintings have been accepted in many regional and national competitions in both the United States and Canada.

Barb opened McGee Gallery and Framing in 2000, giving her not only a place to showcase her work, but also a place to showcase manyof northwest Iowa’s finest artists’.
McGee’s studio is connected to the gallery, giving visitors an opportunity see new works at varying stages of creation.

In 2003 McGee joined the planning Committee for the Artisans Road Trip, a self guided Studio tour around Northwest Iowa.
2010  is the seventh year for this event.

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  •  2010- “Stickin Close to the Well” Accepted in Western Spirit Show, Old West Museum, Cheyenne,WY
  • 2010 – One Woman Show at A Piece of Work, Spirit Lake. IA 
  • 2010 – Two woman show with Mona Majorowicz at Rock Museum Fairmont, MN      
  •  2009 – Selected for the 2nd 100 in the Paint America Competition
  •  2009 – One Woman Show At William Penn University Gallery, Oskaloosa IA
  • 2009 – Sixteenth year accepted into Western Spirit Show, Cheyenne, WY
  • 2008 – One Woman Show – Witter Gallery, Storm Lake, IA
  • 2008 – Best of Show, Iowa Artists State Show, Spirit Lake, IA
  • 2008 – One Woman Show – Buena Vista Regional Medical Center – Storm Lake, IA
  • 2007 – One Woman Show – Witter Gallery, Storm Lake, IA
  • 2007 – Best of Show Aware, Sanford Museum Blues Show, Cherokee, IA
  • 2005 – 2nd Place Watercolor, Draft Horse Classic,
    Western and Wildlife Art Show
    , Grass Valley, CA
  • 2003 – Best of Watercolor Award, Western Spirit Show
    Old West Museum, Cheyenne, WY
  • 2002 – Blue Ribbon Award, Iowa Artists State Show, Ames, IA
  • 2000 – Excellence Award, Witter Gallery Biennial, Storm Lake, IA
  • 1999 – Honorable Mention, Iowa Watercolor Society
  • 1997 – Honorable Mention , Iowa Watercolor Society
  • 1996 – Honorable Mention, McCook College National Juried Show
    McCook, NE
  • 1995 – Best of Oils, Canadian Assoc. of Equine Artists 3rd annual Juries Competition
    Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 1995 – 2nd Place Watercolor, Draft Horse Classic
    Western and Equine Art Show, Grass Valley, CA
  • 1995 – 3rd Place, Iowa Watercolor Society
  • 1994 – Best of Watercolor, Canadian Assoc. of Equine Artists
    First International Show Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 1993 – Best of Watercolor, Western Spirit Show
    Old West Museum, Cheyenne, WY
  • 1992 – Best of Watercolor, Women Artists of the West 3rd International Show
  • 1992 – Award of Merit, North Platte Artist Guild National Show, Scotts Bluff, NE
  • 1992 – Richard Hagin Award, Iowa Artist State Show
  • 1991 – Grumbacher Silver Medal Award and Visitor’s Choice Award
    Iowa Watercolor Society

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