What is Cowboy True?
The 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||American Stock Horse Association
ASHA Stock Horse Clinic
For Registration Information Contact: Stacy Jo Hartley
|8:00 am – 5:00 pm|
Art Exhibit Opening
tickets for Friday night event on sale at wfmpec.com
6:30 pm – close
(concert starts at 8:00 pm)
|Saturday||American Stock Horse Association
ASHA Stock Horse Showdown
(open for viewing free to the public throughout the day)
|8:00 am begin time|
Exhibit open to the public
|10:00 am – 5:00 pm|
|Saturday||Dinner, Live Auction, and Concert
$65 / seat
$400 / table of 8
|5:30 pm – 8:00 pm|
Neon Circus concert
|8:00 pm – close|
2018 Texas Farm Bureau Photo Trail Contest
Are you a photographer looking to show the Cowboy Life? This year’s Photo Trail contest is open to photographers of all ages. Check out the entry page for details! All prizes will be awarded by Texas Farm Bureau.
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.
|Bit & Spur|
|Terry & Susan Lankford|
|Bit & Spur|
|Cowboy Cartoon / Sculpture|
|Beth Carrington Brown|
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!
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
KFDX Channel 3
If you would like more information about sponsoring an aspect of Cowboy True, please call Jana @ 940-766-3477 or email her at email@example.com.
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.