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.


    Volunteer for Cowboy True!

    Looking for a volunteer opportunity?  We’re always looking for Cowboy True volunteers!

  • Guidelines and Application
  • Cowboy TrueThank you for your interest in participating in Cowboy True.  Jurying dates are as follows: September 15 & November 15, 2017 and  January 15 & February 15, 2018.

    The Cowboy True jurying committee reserves the right to hold an application until a future jurying date. 

    Click here to view and download the 2018 Application Guidelines.  To apply, simply fill out the form below.

    You may attach up to four (4) image files to the application.  Each file must be 5MB or smaller.  If you need to send additional files, please email to cowboytrue@theforumwf.org and include “Cowboy True Application- (your name)” in the subject line.

    If you have any questions, please contact Jana Schmader at 940-766-3347 or email at cowboytrue@artscouncilwf.org. Thank you!

    Artist Name (required)

    Business Name

    Your Email (required)

    Address (required)

    City (required)

    State (required)

    Postal/Zip Code (required)

    Country

    Phone (required)

    Artist/Business Website

    Artist/Business Facebook


    Artist Media Category: please select one (required), maximum of 2 possible:

    bitsspursbucklesjewelrysaddlebootstrappings/gearphotographypaintingsdrawingssculpturewoodworkingcowboy cartoon

    Do you wish to enter a 3rd category? ($30 additional fee will apply)
    yesno

    If so, what category?

    Additional Information

    You may upload up to four sample images of your artwork here (or email images separately to cowboytrue@artscouncilwf.org). Please note that uploading files with this form may take a few minutes to process:








    By submitting this application, I release The Forum/Kemp Center for the Arts from any liability, product or personal, for the duration of the event. I have read the rules and I agree to abide by them. I understand that failure to comply with the rules set forth by the Committee may result in termination of the contract without recourse by the participant and the Committee shall not be liable to anyone for this action.

    Upon selection for exhibit, you will be invoiced for $150.00. Entry fee must be paid in full within 30 days of the notification of selection.

  • 2018 Featured Artist
  • Cowboy TrueAt 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!


    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)

  • 2018 Guest Artist
  • Cowboy TrueCowboy True is pleased to announce Kimbell McCurry as our 2018 Guest Artist.


    Kimbell McCurry, a native Texan, now resides in the Kansas City area and actively participates in painting events and art shows locally and throughout the country.  Kimbell received a BFA from Midwestern State University, worked as a graphic artist and owned a screen printing business for many years.  After his children went away to college, he took a drawing class which flourished into a passion for oil painting.  He paints in a representational impressionistic style depicting subjects such as western motifs, landscapes, still life, animals and figures.  While much of his work is done in the studio, he enjoys painting out doors and participates in many plein air events.  Kimbell moved to Overland Park in 2019, and is a member of the Greater Kansas City Art Association, Outdoor Painters Society, and is a charter member of the Missouri Valley Impressionists Society.

  • 2018 Sponsors
  • Cowboy TrueThe Mission of Cowboy True is to educate the region about the honor, art, and beauty of the cowboy’s daily life.

    We’re extremely proud of the support we receive from our sponsors.


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  • 2017 Cowboy True Artists
  •  2017 Cowboy True Artists


    2017 Featured Artist:  At the 2016 show, the guest curators, Mark Stewart, Russell Yates, selected one artist to be the featured artist for next year’s show! We are happy to congratulate Mike Vaughn from Bowie, TX! Mike’s handcrafted, custom boots will grace the cover artwork for all of Cowboy True 2017!

    M_Vaugh_biophotoMike began his boot making apprenticeship at the age of 16, while still in high school. His mentors were Clyde and Joe Vasquez, two brothers and Master Bootmakers, who went to work at what was then Frank Leddy’s, now M.L. Leddy’s, in the Ft Worth Stockyards over 30 years ago. Clyde and Joe began working for Frank Leddy in 1941, the day he opened the store, and were still there in 1983 when Mike graduated from high school.

    In Mike’s 5 1/2 years of apprenticeship with Clyde and Joe, they would always say “You better pay attention to what we’re showing you because it’s not written down anywhere and when we’re gone, the knowledge is gone.”

    Today the legend is carried on as Mike continues to create beautiful, quality, great fitting handmade boots for cowboys, cowgirls, businessmen and city folks all over the country.

    Mike has one goal when it comes to crafting the finest handmade boots in Texas–perfection. His artistic flair, authentic cowboy style and demand for excellence are evident in every pair.

     


    Cowboy True

    Delanie Courtney Adkins
    Rochester, TX

    Website: happygoluckyphoto.com
    Facebook: Happy Go Lucky Photo

    Photography

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    Cowboy True

    Stephanie Buchanan
    Sulphur Springs, TX

    Website:
    Facebook:

    Drawing


    Tara Detherow
    Ozark, MO

    Website: mohaircinches.com
    Facebook: Bull Creek Cinches and Tack

    Trappings/Gear


    David R. Godfrey
    Midlothian, TX

    Website: www.bar5art.com
    Facebook:

    Painting



    Callie Graham
    Bailey, CO

    Website: calliegraham.wixsite.com/calliegraham
    Facebook: Callie Graham Artist

    Drawing



    Sarah Harless
    Sayre, OK

    Website: ww.sarahharless.com
    Facebook: Sarah Harless

    Drawing



    Kathryn Leitner
    Kingfisher, OK

    Website: kathrynleitnerwesternart.com/
    Facebook: Kathryn Leitner Western Art

    Drawing


    Harold Losey Jr
    Wichita Falls, TX

    Website:
    Facebook:

    Trappings/Gear


    Cowboy True

    John David Rule
    Minco, OK

    Website:
    Facebook:

    Saddles/Sculpture


    Dan Shores
    Wichita Falls, TX

    Website:
    Facebook: Dan Shores

    Bits/Spurs



    Don Tooley
    Gainesville, TX

    Website:
    Facebook:

    Bits/Spurs


    Cowboy True
    KW Whitley
    Crowell, TX

    Website:
    Facebook:

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    Gary Thompson
    Dripping Springs, TX

    Website:
    Facebook:

    TBA

       

    Jerry Smyers
    Holliday, TX

    Website:
    Facebook:

    Carving

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    Kathy Smyers
    Holliday, TX

    Website:
    Facebook:

    Trappings

     

    William Buckingham
    McKinney, TX

    Website:
    Facebook:

    Drawing

     

    Cowboy True

    Stephen White
    McKinney, TX

    Website:
    Facebook:

    Spurs

       

    Joshua Bradley
    Wichita Falls, TX

    Website:
    Facebook:

    Carving

     

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    Rod Teuscher
    Gainesville, TX

    Website:
    Facebook:

    Bits / Jewelry


    Cowboy True

    Ryan Looper
    Wichita Falls, TX

    Website:
    Facebook:

    Bits / Spurs


    Tom Roberts
    Byers, TX

    Website: TFR Bronzes
    Facebook:

    Sculpture


    Cowboy True

    Jack Moss
    Llano, TX

    Website:
    Facebook:

    Painting


    Clyde Lewis
    Universal City, TX

    Website: Clyde.fineartamercia.com
    Facebook: Clyde D. Lewis

    Drawing


    Cowboy True

    Gary Ward
    Canyon, TX

    Website: grwardwesternart.com
    Facebook:

    Painting


    Cowboy True

    Bill Whitley
    Wichita Falls, TX

    Website:
    Facebook:

    Painting/Sculpture


    Cowboy True

    Ted Hemenway
    Fort Worth, TX

    Website: www.texaswildwoodoriginals.com
    Facebook:

    Carving


    Cowboy True

    Bud Pawless
    Medicine Park, OK

    Website:
    Facebook:

    Sculpture

       

    Jeremy Enlow
    Weatherford, TX

    Website: waggonercowboys.com jeremyenlow.com
    Facebook: Jeremy Enlow and Cowboys Of Waggoner Ranch

    Photography


    Cowboy True

    Willetta Crowe
    Nocona, TX

    Website:
    Facebook: Willetta Crowe Photographs

    Photography


    Cowboy True

    Dee Elliott
    Mineral Wells, TX

    Website:
    Facebook: Dee Elliott Art & Photography

    Drawing, Photography


    Cowboy True

    Lloyd Voges
    Clifton, TX

    Website: www.llvstudiolloydvoges.com
    Facebook:

    Painting


    Cowboy True

    Carlos Moseley
    Fredericksburg, TX

    Website: www.carlosmoseley.com
    Facebook:

    Sculpture

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    Jack Milchanowski
    Sunset, TX

    Website: www.jack-milchanowski.artistwebsites.com
    Facebook:

    Photography

       

    Cowboy True

    Laine Smith
    Springfield, MO

    Website: www.memorylainephotography.com
    Facebook:www.facebook.com/memorylaines

    Photography


    Cowboy True

    Seth Ward
    Canyon, TX

    Website:
    Facebook: Seth Ward

    Trappings


    Cowboy True

    John Jennings
    Shawnee, OK

    Website:
    Facebook:

    Spurs

       

    Cowboy True

    Chad Kennedy
    Holliday, TX

    Website:
    Facebook:CCKennedyKnives

    Trappings

       

    Cowboy True

    Ethan Shaw
    Wichita Falls, TX

    Website:www.shawcustomknives.com
    Facebook:ShawCustomKnives

    Trappings

       

    Cowboy True

    Jim McGrath
    Wichita Falls, TX

    Website:
    Facebook:

    Carving

       

    Cowboy True

    Lyndy Benson
    Cleburne, TX

    Website:
    Facebook:

    Painting

       

    T.W. Pops Vanya
    Somerville, TX

    Website: www.twvanyafineart.com
    Facebook:

    Painting


    Cowboy True

    Polly Kennedy
    Wellsville, UT

    Website:
    Facebook:

    Carving


    Cowboy True

    Thomas White
    Wichita Falls, TX

    Website:
    Facebook:

    Photography


    Cowboy True

    Mary Cardwell
    Electra, TX

    Website:
    Facebook:

    Drawing

       

    Cowboy True

    Ronda Ivy
    Wichita Falls, TX

    Website:
    Facebook:

    Photography

       

    Cowboy True

    Mat Tindell
    Waco, TX

    Website:
    Facebook:

    Painting

       

    Jack Walker
    Clifton, TX

    Website: www.jackwalkerbronze.com
    Facebook:

    Sculpture


    Beth Prichard
    Loving, TX

    Website: bethprichard3.faso.com
    Facebook:

    Painting


    Kem Himelright
    Venus, TX

    Website: FineArtAmerica/KemHimelright
    Facebook:

    Painting


    Cowboy True

    Susan and Terry Lankford
    Abilene, TX

    Website:
    Facebook:

    Trappings