"Kenneth Riley is dedicated not only to authenticity, ethnography and history, but also to allegory and spirituality. His work has been called classical, sophisticated, gentle and sensitive. Descended from Irish immigrants on his father’s side and Dutch farmers on his mother’s, he was born in Waverly, a small town by the bend of a river in north-central Missouri. Riley has shown his work at the Royal Western Watercolor Exhibition, the Tucson Art Museum, the Driscoll Collection of American Art in Beijing and the Denver Historical Society. His many awards include Silver and Gold medals, the Stetson Award, the Museum Roundup Award and Best in Show by the Cowboy Artists of America. His paintings can be found in the permanent collections of the White House, the Smithsonian Institution, the Air Force Academy and the West Point Museum. He won the Prix de West, Western Art’s highest honor, in 1995."