18th Annual Cowgirl Up! Art from the Other Half of the West, Invitational Exhibition & Sale

Opening Weekend: Friday, March 31 through Sunday, April 2, 2023. On view through Sunday, September 3, 2023.

About Cowgirl Up!

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.

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 – The Cowgirl Up! exhibition is divided into two parts: a gallery of “miniatures” and a gallery of full-sized art. Artwork in the Main gallery should remain on display throughout the exhibition, and will be available for pick-up or delivery after September 9, 2021. Most miniatures are available at time of purchase.

Interested in becoming a Cowgirl Up! artist?

Download and follow the instructions for 2024 (submission instructions PDF)

Become a sponsor of the 2023 Cowgirl Up! exhibition and sale!

Many thanks to our previous Cowgirl Up! sponsors:

Platinum Spur $25,000
Carey and Jack Sigler Diamond Spur $20,000.00
DeVore Foundation, Alta and Bill DeVore, Trustees
Jackye and Leon Powell Gold Spur $10,000.00
John and Lynne Boyer
Christine and Paul Branstad
Sally and Sandy Cutler
Arthur Ditto Family Foundation
Lori and Rich Jaros
Sharon and Lanny Martin Silver Spur $5,000
Dita and John Daub
Jim and Rea Ludke
National Bank of Arizona
Elaine and Peter Schweitzer
Nancy and Terry Theken
Betty and Tom Watt Copper Spur $2,500
AZCOMP Technologies
Gust Rosenfeld P.L.C.
Mary Jo and George Hellick
Sarah Goulard and Hiram F. Moody, Jr.
Becky and Jason Rovey
Linda Waag and Marty Schlumberger
Serape Bleu
Kathleen Parrish and Douglas S. Spencer
Linda and Joe Stevens
Wickenburg Ranch Nickel Spur $1,000
Jeff Deming Family
Happy Trails Adventure Company of Arizona Turquoise Spur $500
Amanda Boggs
Double “H” Custom Hat Company
Jenifer and Dan Finley
Jerry and Vicki Riggins Community Sponsors $400
Constable Scott Blake
Law Office of Eileen M. McGuire, PLLC
Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce & Visitor’s Bureau Community Sponsors $200
Ben’s Saddlery
Best Western Rancho Grande
Big O Tires
Bill Otwell Architects
Sage Gallery
Western Laundry
Wickenburg Country Club In-Kind Supporters
Rancho de los Caballeros
Reclaim Church Media Sponsors
Art of the West
Western Art Collector