The mission of the Arts Council is to nurture and strengthen the artistic, cultural, and educational quality of the community and surrounding areas.

Cowboy True

What is Cowboy True?

Cowboy TrueThe Mission of Cowboy True is to educate the region about the honor, art, and beauty of the cowboy’s daily life.  Cowboy True is a celebration to honor working cowboys and the artwork that comes from their daily lives. During the weekend of April 13 & 14, 2018, juried cowboy artists from around the nation will be featured at the J.S. Bridwell Ag Center to display their unique works derived from cowboy life.

Categories include: bits, spurs, buckles, jewelry, gun/knife engraving, saddles, boots, trappings/gear, photography, paintings, drawings, sculptures, carving, cowboy cartoons, and pottery.

Events for Cowboy True include Friday night artists’ reception and opening, Saturday daytime activities (and exhibit open to the public) and Saturday night dinner, live auction, and entertainment. All proceeds go to The Forum to assist with programming and mission fulfillment.

 


What Activities Are Happening During Cowboy True and How Much Does It Cost?

  • Friday night is the awards announcement and preview party.
  • Saturday during the day is open to the public and free of charge.
  • Saturday night is our dinner and live auction event, featuring juried artwork by exhibiting artists. We’re also please to include an after-dinner concert with Neon Circus, the premier Brooks and Dunn tribute band (concert ticket is included in the price of the dinner).

Tickets for Saturday Night dinner and concert are now available online.

Friday Art Exhibit Opening
World-Champion Chuckwagon
Concert by Jake Hooker & The Outsiders
 
April 13
6:30 pm – close
  tickets for Friday night event on sale after
February 1 at wfmpec.com
 
(concert starts at 8:00 pm)
 

Saturday

Exhibit open to the public

free admission!

 
April 14
10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday Dinner and Live Auction
$65 / seat or $400 / table of 8
 
April 14
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Saturday

Neon Circus concert

(included in your dinner ticket price)

 
April 14
8:30 pm – close

We have a full day of events and art exhibits happening on Saturday, as well as arena events.
Check back as we add details of the scheduled events.


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How Do I Apply To Be An Exhibiting Artist?

Step 1:   Download the 2018 Application Guidelines (click this link)
Step 2:   Complete the online Application Form (click this link) – you may include up to four (4) image files with your online application
Step 3:   There are four jurying dates before the application deadline: September 15 & November 15, 2017 and  January 15 & February 15, 2018*
Step 4:   After each round of jurying, applicants will be advised of their status
Step 5:   If you have been accepted, you will receive a packet of materials outlining the remaining process to complete your application

*Because jurors base their decisions on the current applications in each jurying group, it’s to your advantage to apply early.

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Who is the 2018 Featured Artist?

At the 2017 show, the guest curators selected one artist to be the featured artist for next year’s show. We are happy to congratulate John David Rule from Minco, OK!  His work graces the cover of the 2018 Cowboy True Catalog.

John David Rule Saddlery & Sculpture Art was established in 1980 and has been creating world class leather and sculpture art ever since. Highlights: Former owner of the National Saddlery in the Oklahoma City Stockyards (1980 -2008)
– Custom made the World Champion Saddles for the PRCA for 10 years
– Custom made the World Champion Saddles for the IPRA for 5 years
– Official Saddlemaker of the Oklahoma Centennial (2007)

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Who is the 2018 Guest Artist?

Our 2018 Guest Aritst is Wichita Falls native Kimbell McCurry!  Mr. McCurry now resides in the Kansas City area and actively participates in painting events and art shows locally and throughout the country.  He received a BFA from Midwestern State University, worked as a graphic artist and owned a screen printing business for many years. He paints in a representational impressionistic style depicting subjects such as western motifs, landscapes, still life, animals and figures.

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Who are the 2018 Exhibiting Artists?

As we accept artists for the 2018 show, we’ll be including them here.

Dan Shores
Bit & Spur
Facebook    
Jack Milchanowski
Photography
   
 www.sunsetjack.com    
Terry & Susan Lankford
Woodworking
   
Facebook  www.mesquitegallery.com  
David Godfrey
Painting
 
Facebook www.bar5art.com  
Sue Krehbiel
Drawing
     
Facebook    
Clyde Lewis
Drawing
   
www.clydedlewis.com Facebook  
Don Tooley
Bit & Spur
 
     
Mike Vaughn
Boots
 www.mikevaughnhandmadeboots.com  
Dee Elliott
Photography
Cowboy True
Facebook    
Nick Cunningham
Buckles, Jewelry
Facebook  www.badbronc.com  
Jim McGrath
Woodworking
www.cartoonsinwood.com    
Otis Phillips
Photography
Facebook  www.dbarphoto.com  
Joshua Bradley
Woodworking
instagram.com/artbyjoshuabradley  
Brenda Brewster
Trappings
     
Gary Ward
Painting/Sculpture
Facebook  www.grwardwesternart.com
Willetta Crowe
Photography
Cowboy True
Facebook
Jack Moss
Painting
Cowboy True
Facebook www.gridirongallery.net
Dee McMahan
Photography
Cowboy True
www.deemcmahanfineartphotography.com
Tom Roberts
Drawing, Sculpture
Cowboy True    
www.tfrbronzes.com
Mary Cardwell
Drawing
Cowboy True  
 
Daryl Talbot
Cowboy Cartoon
Cowboy True  
Facebook www.daryltalbot.mysite.com
Gayle Bone
Drawing
Cowboy True
Facebook
Anita Klein
Cowboy Cartoon
Cowboy True
Facebook www.cowboycartoonists.com
John Jennings
Spurs, Buckles
Cowboy True    
Facebook
Bonnie Shields
Cowboy Cartoon
Cowboy True  
www.bonnieshields.com
Cindy Bowman
Photography
Cowboy True    
www.cindybowmanphotography.com
Jerry Smyers
Woodworking
Cowboy True  
 
Kathy Smyers
Trappings/Gear
Cowboy True    
 
Matt Tumlinson
Painting/Sculpture
Cowboy True    
 Facebook www.tumlinsonart.com
Ron Roberts
Sculpture
   
 Facebook  
Ken Cunningham
Jewelry
   
   
Pepe Villasenor
Cowboy Cartoon
Cowboy True    
 Facebook  
Wheeler Hughes
Cowboy Cartoon
Cowboy True  
 Facebook ziacowtoons online
Jonathan Rankin
Cowboy Cartoon
Cowboy True    
 Facebook www.thecartooncowboy.com
Ted Foulkes
Cowboy Cartoon
Cowboy True    
www.tedfoulkes.com
Doug Prine
Painting
Cowboy True    
dprine.faso.com
Kristen Lloyd
Cowboy Cartoon
Cowboy True  
 Facebook  www.krazyaniart.com
Polly Kennedy
Cowboy Cartoon
Cowboy True    
 Facebook  

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Who sponsors this event?

We’re extremely proud of the local, regional and national support we get for Cowboy True. Check here for the most recent listing of sponsors!

grace-foundation

Patterson Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram Fiat

Fidelity Bank  Ann & Wilson Scaling

 

Union Square Federal Credit Union

Waurika Livestock Commission Co.

 

Wichita County Farm Bureau

Convention & Visitors Bureau

If you would like more information about sponsoring an aspect of Cowboy True, please call Jana @ 940-766-3477 or email her at cowboytrue@artscouncilwf.org.

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Can I help with Cowboy True?

Yes! Volunteers are the backbone of any major event and we’d love to have your help.

Cowboy True has a number of positions that need to be filled! If you’re interested in volunteering throughout our planning process, please click the link to fill out the contact form on this page.

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