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.


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.


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)


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.


Who are the 2018 Exhibiting Artists?

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

Dan Shores
Bit & Spur
Jack Milchanowski
Terry & Susan Lankford
David Godfrey
Sue Krehbiel
Clyde Lewis
Drawing Facebook  
Don Tooley
Bit & Spur
Mike Vaughn
Dee Elliott
Cowboy True
Nick Cunningham
Buckles, Jewelry
Jim McGrath
Otis Phillips
Joshua Bradley
Brenda Brewster
Gary Ward
Seth Ward


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!


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


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.