Cowboy True deadline Jan. 22


Cowboy True Art Exhibit & Auction 2016


Entry Deadline: 1/22/16

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 1-2, 2016, 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.

Artist Eligibility: 
1)      Juried exhibit:  Please submit a photograph of yourself, the application, and photographs of your cowboy art or gear to be considered for inclusion in the juried exhibit.  Send high-resolution photographs to by Friday, January 22, 2016.  Artists who are selected for the exhibit will have a 10 x 10 space to display and sell their pieces.  Upon selection for the exhibit, the artist will be invoiced $105.00 for the display space (jurying fees are non-refundable); included with each space are two tickets to all events, the judging fee for two pieces of art, and inclusion in the event catalogue.  Two pieces of art within the exhibit space may be designated to be entered into the judged art show.  Judging will be done by actual working cowboys.  The fee for the space must be paid by March 6, 2016.  Additional pieces may be submitted for judging at a fee of $30 each; however these pieces must be submitted in a different art category.  Three different artists must be registered in each category for it to be judged.  Cowboy True committee members may not enter pieces to be judged.

2)      Art Auction:  This is a juried auction.  Artists are invited to submit one piece of art to be considered for auction at the Saturday evening event.  On Friday afternoon the guest curators will select approximately 20 from among the submissions which will then be presented at auction.  Artist receives 75% of the auction price of the piece; 25% goes to fund the Cowboy True Exhibit and Art Show.  The Cowboy True curators will set the final reserve price after consultation with the artist.


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