When we began this Cinderella story called Cowgirl Up!, complete with its own version of the glass slipper, it started with a very simple idea.
We would simply set a date in the spring of the year so that women artists who work to capture the spirit and the lifestyle of the West could be invited to come to the Museum to show off their finery — the finest in western painting, drawing and sculpture. By doing so, we would give all the world a chance to see their work, and even purchase it if they so desired. Little did we know what an uproar Cowgirl Up! would create. Nor did we realize how this month-long show and sale would turn into such a gratifying year-long tale for the Museum. For Cowgirl Up!, now in its twelfth year, there seems to be no coach on the horizon turning itself back into a pumpkin. Or coachmen transforming themselves back to mice.
There is nothing but pure magic. Magic for the 58 extraordinarily talented artists who are invited annually. Magic for our enthusiastic and loyal patrons. And magic for this Museum which is privileged to carry the banner for the West’s best women artists. May our clock never strike 12!
The 2018 Cowgirl Up! art will be available to view and purchase online on March 26, 2018.
Artist applications for Cowgirl Up! 2018 have closed. Click here for application information for Cowgirl Up! 2019.
Thank you to our 2017 sponsors!
Save the Date for the 13th annual Cowgirl Up! Exhibition & Sale: March 25 – May 13, 2018. Preview weekend is March 23 – 25, 2018.