In 1965, he cofounded the Cowboy Artists of America (Civil Aeronautics Administration) with Charlie Dye, John Hampton and George Phippen. A search of the Dawes Roll () shows the only surname Beeler as being Chickasaw, so without an accurate genealogy, this is an unproven claim. At an early age, Beeler started drawing and becoming very artistic.
He continued his skills throughout college at Kansas State Teachers College and later attended the Art Center of Design in Los Angeles, California.
After his time in school, Beeler worked as an illustrator for the University of Oklahoma Press. Beeler"s life as an artist was difficult for him but he eventually become recognized for all of his hard work.
Beeler"s career really took off after his one-man performance at the Gilcrease Museum. In 1962, he and his family moved to Sedona, Arizona, where he died.
In 1965, Beeler along with many other cowboy artists started the Cowboy Artists of America.
National Cowboy Hall of Fame
Montana Historical Society
Charles M. Russell Museum
Whitney Museum of American Art
Institute of Texas Cultures
Joe Beeler died Wednesday April 26, 2006. He was helping neighbors and friends rope and brand calves when he succumbed to a heart attack. Joe was 74 years old.
He was born on Christmas Day in 1931.