Cowboy True

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March 27 – 28, 2020

The Forum
2120 Speedway
Wichita Falls, Texas

What is Cowboy True?

The Mission of Cowboy True is to educate our 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. Each year we exhibit artists who represent the “Cowboy True” way of life, along with fun”cowboy” activities and some great food and music.  

In 2019, Cowboy True returned to its roots at The Forum.  Cowboy True was originally inspired as an effort to raise awareness and funding for The Forum, formerly the home of The Woman’s Forum, which has a long association with the women and families of the North Texas cattle industry.

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

Events for Cowboy True included:

  • Friday night artists’ reception and opening
  • Saturday daytime activities and exhibit open to the public
  • Saturday night dinner, live auction, and entertainment
  • Children’s Poetry Contest
  • Children’s Art Contest
  • and much more!

All proceeds go to Arts Council’s Forum building to assist with programming and mission fulfillment.  For more information, call 940-766-3347 or email

How Do I Apply To Be An Exhibiting Artist?
2020 Event Schedule
2020 Featured Artist
Children’s Poetry Contest

2019 Exhibiting Artists
2019 Sponsorship
Volunteer Opportunities

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

Friday, March 27

Artist Reception and Awards

Saturday, March 28
10am – 5pm
Artist Exhibition and Activities

Saturday, March 28
Evening Events
Dinner and Auction

Check back for event details!

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How Do I Apply To Be An Exhibiting Artist?

Cowboy True applications are now being accepted.  Download the application file here: 2020 Cowboy True CFE APPLICATION PACKET

Bits, Spurs, Buckles, Jewelry, Saddles, Boots, Trappings/Gear, Photography, Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Woodworking, Cowboy Cartoons

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Who is the 2020 Featured Artist?

At the 2019 show, the committee and guest curators selected one artist to be the featured artist for next year’s show. We are happy to congratulate Polly Kennedy! Polly’s work will grace the cover of the 2020 Cowboy True catalog and be featured in our promotion of the event.  You can see Polly’s work on Facebook.

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Who were the 2019 Artists?

In 2019 the artists were:

Brad Bloomfield
Gale Bone
Beth Carrington Brown
Mary Cardwell
Jim Clements
Retta Collins
Dossie Cribbs
Tanner Crow
Ken Cunningham
Bobby Dove
Dee Elliott
David Godfrey
Gary Hastings
Ted Hemenway
Melinda Horn
Polly Kennedy
Lori Kirwin
Sue Krehbiel
Ernie Lewis
Ryan Looper
Harold Losey
Dee McMahan
Jack Milchanowski
Jack Moss
Robert Penny
Cheryl Poland
Doug Prine
JP Rankin
Ron Roberts
Tom Roberts
Dan Shores
Laine Smith
Kathy Smyers
Jerry Smyers
Rod Teuscher
Don Tooley
Mike Vaughn
Gary Ward

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Who sponsors this event?

We’re extremely proud of the local, regional and national support we get for Cowboy True.

The 2019 Event Sponsors were:

Bryant Edwards Foundation
J.S. Bridwell Foundation
Patterson Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram Fiat
Hazel & Henry S. Grace Foundation
Laura Gillis
Townsquare Media
United Market Street
Wichita Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau
Kay and Frank Yeager
American Hat Company
Berend Bros.
Farm Bureau Wichita County
Fort Griffin State Historic Site
Rose Street Clinic
Pat and Dan Shores
Wichita Falls Area Cattle Women
Wichita Falls Ranch & Farm Expo
Capital Farm Credit
Exa and Ken Cunningham
Scaling Ranch
Senior/Junior Forum
Sheriff David Duke
Tom Wainscott in memory of Susan Wainscott

If you would like more information about sponsoring an aspect of Cowboy True, please call 940-766-3347 or email

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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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