What Is Cowboy True? 

Bits • Boots • Buckles • Cowboy Cartoons • Drawing • Jewelry • Painting • Photography • Saddles • Sculpture • Spurs • Trappings • Woodworking

The mission of Cowboy True is to educate the region about the honor, art and beauty of a cowboy’s daily life.

The Cowboy True Art Exhibit features artists and craftsmen from across the country. Artists are juried into the event based on their artistic skill and strong representation of the Cowboy way of life.

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→Exhibitors List
→2022 Featured Artist
→Public Contests
→How Do I Apply?

When is Cowboy True and what happens?


  • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

    FRIDAY, April 1


    Preview Party and Artist Meet-and-Greet
    Cowboy Poetry Gathering
    Artist Awards Presented
    HX Chuckwagon Beans-and-Cornbread
    Cash Bar
    Silent Auction Opens

  • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    SATURDAY, April 2


    Browse 45 cowboy artist exhibits
    Cowboy Poetry reading
    Live Music
    Horse Rides
    Cash Bar
    and MUCH MORE!

  • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    SATURDAY, April 2

    $35 - Special Class with How Great Thou Art Studio

    Register for a fun and relaxing drawing class with How Great Thou Art painting and drawing studio.  Rachel will walk you through all the steps to help you create your very own cowboy art!
    Click To Register

  • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

    Live Auction
    Miss Devon & Teresa Burleson Performance
    Drawings for Multiple Prizes (Grand Prize: JOHN DEERE Z-T 48" Mower and $1000)
    HX Chuckwagon Chicken Fried Steak Dinner
    Cash Bar
    $75 Click To Purchase!

2022 Exhibitors!

Who is the 2022 Featured Artist?

At the 2021 exhibit, the committee and guest curators selected one artist to be the featured artist for the 2022 show. We are happy to congratulate Wichita Falls' own Bobby Dove! Bobby’s work will grace the cover of the 2022 Cowboy True catalog and be featured in our promotion of the event.  You can see Bobby's work on his website at dovesjewelers.com.

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Chuckwagon dinner being prepared by a working chuckwagon and dedicated volunteers.

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Trophy Buckle (2019) by 2022 Featured Artist Bobby Dove

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Living History Re-enactment with Ft Griffith Living History Museum

How do I apply to the exhibit?

Call For Entries for 2022 are now closed.  A copy of the Guidelines and Application for the 2022 exhibit are available by CLICKING HERE. We will post applications for 2023 in the fall.

What were the public contests this year?
We had three kids' and one adult contest this year.  Awards will be announced at the Friday night reception!

  • Junior Poetry Contest: students Grade 3 - 12
  • Junior Photography Contest: students Grade 3 - 12
  • Junior Art Contest: students Grade K - 12
  • Adult/Open Poetry Contest: all ages in two categories, Traditional Cowboy and Poetry Of The West


For more information about the Cowboy True exhibit please contact:
Kristen Conrady
Development Coordinator
(940) 767-2787 ex 113