Cowboy True

Cowboy TrueJuly 31 – August 1, 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
Children’s Art Contest
Adult and Youth Photography Contest
2020 Exhibiting Artists

2019 Sponsorship
Volunteer Opportunities

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

This concert has been postponed.  Check back for new date details!

Cowboy True presents JOHNNY RODRIGUEZ at Memorial Auditorium
$20 – $40
Tickets on sale at

Friday, July 31
6:30 pm
Artist Reception and Awards

Saturday, August 1
10am – 5pm
Artist Exhibition and Activities

Saturday, August 1
5:30pm – Doors Open
6:15pm – Dinner Bell
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 no longer being accepted.  Check back late in 2020 for the 2021 applications!

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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The following artists have been accepted into the 2020 Exhibit:

Jeana Andreatta
Jamie Barnard
Gayle Bone
Joshua Bradley
Beth Carrington Brown
Jim Clements
Jared Coffelt
Retta Collins
Ken & Exa Cunningham
Nick Cunningham
Cindy David
Bobby Dove
Dee Elliott
David Godfrey
Carol Henry
Melinda Horn
Julie Howard
Polly Kennedy
Lori Kirwin
Sue Krehbiel
Larry Lancaster
Susan and Terry Lankford
Ryan Looper
Harold Losey
Christine Mathey
Dee McMahan
Jack Milchanowski
Jack Moss
Clint Orms
Robert Penny
Doug Prine
JP Rankin
Ron Roberts
Tom Roberts
Ethan Shaw
Dan Shores
Kathy Smyers
Jerry Smyers
Leslie Stacey
Rod Teuscher
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 2020 Event Sponsors are:

Bryant Edwards Foundation
J.S. Bridwell Foundation
Patterson Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram Fiat
Hazel & Henry S. Grace Foundation
Laura M. Gillis
Townsquare Media
United Market Street
Wichita Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau
Berend Bros.
Capital Farm Credit
Farm Bureau Wichita County
Inks Ranch
Serenity Salon
Pat and Dan Shores
Standard Sales
Wichita Falls Ranch & Farm Expo
Berend Turf & Tractor
Exa and Ken Cunningham
Holliday FFA
Johnson’s Furniture
Living Beautifully, Michelle Payne
Harold Losey
Sheriff David Duke
Kathy Smyers
Spa Bella
Texas Knifeworks & Guns
Texoma Community Credit Union
Wichita Falls Area Cattle Women
Cheryl Williamson
Sue Yingling

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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