About Cowgirl Up!

March 23 – May 13, 2018

Opening Weekend: March 23 – March 25

In 2006, Desert Caballeros Western Museum embraced a revolutionary idea: an annual exhibition showcasing the brightest contemporary female artists working in the Western genre. In the male-dominated world of Western Art, Cowgirl Up! turned the spotlight squarely on women’s voices and perspectives, serving up a new, deeper understanding of the American West. Over a decade later, CU! remains one of the major national events for Western women artists.

More than a show – Cowgirl Up! is a crossroads where artists, collectors, and art enthusiasts come together to explore what it means to be a Western artist. CU! artists ride the range of techniques, styles, and mediums, traditional and contemporary.

Join in the camaraderie – During opening weekend in late March, Frontier Street transforms into a tented venue for catered dinners, dancing, live auctions and an artists’ quick draw.

Continuing the tradition – Your purchase of original artworks supports the endeavors of women artists working today and of the Desert Caballeros Western Museum. CU! art can be bought throughout the run of the exhibition at the Museum or online at westernmuseum.org.

An exhibition first and a sale second – Art featured in CU! remains on display until the exhibition closes in early May, allowing viewers to experience the art “all in one place, at one time” on each and every day of the show.

Cowgirl Up! art is available to purchase online!

Main Gallery pieces and 3-D miniatures will ship after May 13, 2018. 2-D miniatures will ship within five business days of purchase.

Thank you to our 2018 sponsors!





























Artist applications for Cowgirl Up! 2018 have closed.

Click here for application information for Cowgirl Up! 2019.

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