About Cowgirl Up! Art from the Other Half of the West,
Invitational Exhibition & Sale

The 19th Annual Cowgirl Up! will be on view from March 22 – September 1, 2024

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.

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 1, 2024

Boot illustration © Tim Zeltner/i2iart.com

Interested in becoming a Cowgirl Up! artist?

Download the PDF Submission Guidelines for 2025.

Become a sponsor of the 2024 Cowgirl Up! exhibition and sale!

Many thanks to the 2024 Cowgirl Up! sponsors: 

Platinum Spur $25,000

Carey and Jack Sigler

Diamond Spur $20,000

DeVore Foundation
  Alta DeVore, Trustee

Lori and Rich Jaros

Jackye and Leon Powell

Gold Spur $10,000

John and Lynne Boyer

Christine and Paul Branstad

Sally and Sandy Cutler

Dita and John Daub

Arthur H. Ditto Family Foundation

J. Landis and Sharon Martin
  Family Foundation

Rancho de los Caballeros

Bob and Betsey Unger

Silver Spur $5,000

Drs. Thomas & Virginia Collier

Mary Ann Igna

Roberta and Pat Jacobs

Rea and Jim Ludke

Sarah R. Goulard and Hiram F. Moody, Jr.

National Bank of Arizona

Kathleen Parrish and Douglas S. Spencer

Betty and Tom Watt

Copper Spur $2,500

Margie and Allen Brown

Bob and Theresa Dunn – Serape Bleu

John and Sharon Griner

Jan Harrington, in memory of
  Chuck Harrington

Mary Jo and George Hellick

Bruce and Jennie Jackson

Craig and Peggy Means

Ellie Nolan

Martin Schlumberger and Linda Waag

Elaine and Peter Schweitzer

Mary and Patrick Simpson

Linda and Joe Stevens

Wickenburg Ranch

Nickel Spur $1,000

Jeff Deming

Becky and Jason Rovey

Studio Ma

June White

Turquoise Spur $500

Mandy Boggs

Double “H” Custom Hat Company

Jenifer and Dan Finley

Happy Trails Adventure Co. of Arizona

Cathy Hurst and Philip Meyer

Corey and Karla Mortimer

Todd and Amanda Unger

Community Sponsors


Eileen M. McGuire, PLLC

Rusty Rooster

Sage Gallery

Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center


Ben’s Saddlery

Best Western Rancho Grande

BG Bratcher Real Estate

Champion Physical Therapy

In-Kind Gifts

Creations in Cuisine

Distinguished Vineyards

Elevate Salon

The Meadows 

Nana’s Sandwich Shoppe

Reclaim Church

Wickenburg Country Club

Media Sponsors

Art of the West magazine

Southwest Art magazine

Western Art & Architecture

Western Art Collector magazine

Grant Supporters

Arizona Commission on the Arts

National Endowment for the Arts

Town of Wickenburg