The Desert Caballeros Western Museum would like to sincerely thank the artists, sponsors, patrons and the Town of Wickenburg for another successful opening weekend celebration. The 19th annual “Cowgirl Up!” exhibition is officially on view and open for sales through September 1, 2024. We are also pleased to announce this year’s winners of our juried competition. The awards are as follows:

The Mary Ann Igna, Best of Show was awarded to new artist Georgia Rowswell for her mind-blowing textile artwork titled, “Thunderhead off Happy Jack Road” (pictured below).

The Museum Purchase Award went to the large scale bronze sculpture by Liz Wolf titled, “Dreams in Flight”.

Rosetta’s “Spirit Brothers” sculpture got the Best Three Dimensional Award; “Who Will Get the First One?”, a colored pencil drawing on antique paper by another newcomer, Dolores Purdy, got the Best Two Dimensional Works on Paper Award. And, yet another new “Cowgirl Up!” artist, Crystal Orlando was chosen for the Best Two Dimensional on Canvas Award for her charcoal and graphite on canvas piece titled, “High Plains Drifter”. Crystal’s piece was also selected to be a Museum purchase and is now destined for its permanent collection. “Cowgirl Up!” artwork is now on sale in the main Museum and online.

Other awards include:

Director’s Choice Award: Karen Clarkson’s, “Diné Royalty”.

The Western Art Collector Editor’s Choice Award: Sharon Standridge for “What in the Blue Blazes is that Greenhorn Doing Now”.

Artists’ Choice Award: Harper Henry

Patron’s Choice Award: Crystal Orlando

And three one year subscriptions to Art of the West magazine were given to, Harper Henry, Dolores Purdy, Rosetta and Georgia Rowswell.

Boot illustration © Tim Zeltner/

People’s Choice Award to be announced in September. Please vote for your favorite “Main Gallery piece” when you visit us and see the exhibition.


Georgia Rowswell, Thunderhead Off Happy Jack Road, textiles, 36 x 22, $4,900 list price