THE EVENT   |   JANUARY 24-26, 2020

Art of the Cowgirl

Fellowship Program


The Art of the Cowgirl Fellowship program will encourage and further arts and trades amongst western women, both celebrating and continuing tradition and inspiring innovation. By establishing mentorship and investing in up and coming artists, we will foster creativity and preserve traditional art and functional gear. In providing this opportunity, our hope is that age, location, and lack of funds will no longer be a limiting factor for those interested in pursuing art and artistic trades.

The Fellowship Program is our original dream and basis for the Art of the Cowgirl Event. The fellowship provides an opportunity for western artists to work with masters– a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn or refine their passion with some of the most talented makers in the business. Whether it be a fine art, functional trade or horsemanship, these fellowships will enrich, empower and educate while honoring our western heritage. The fellowship seeks to remove obstacles such as funding and access for up and coming artists, without restriction of age or location.

  • Master Artists will receive a teaching fee, materials and supplies, room and board (if provided by Master), travel, housing and daily rate tothe Art of the Cowgirl event for demonstrations, miscellaneous expenses.
  •  Fellowship Recipients will receive supplies and materials, travel, room and board at Master’s location, and travel expenses to the Art of the Cowgirl event for their presentation.
  • Each Fellowship Recipient must complete piece of work or complete the agreed upon task at the conclusion of Fellowship period. Recipients will also be required to complete Fellowships in same calendar year as award received and present work at next Art of the Cowgirl event.
  • Both Recipients and Masters will be chosen by the Fellowship Selection Committee consisting of: two Art of the Cowgirl team members, Tammy Pate, and two honorary committee members to be selected by Art of the Cowgirl team.

How to Apply for a Fellowship



Art of the Cowgirl provides the following for each Fellowship Recipient:

  • Teaching fees
  • Materials and supplies
  • Room and board (if provided by the Master)
  • Travel
  • Housing

Both men and women will be accepted as recipients. Recipients must be 18 years of age or older and must be able to complete their fellowship before December 31st of their award year.

While individuals may apply for fellowships more than once, selected recipients may not be awarded fellowship more than once.

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Open to both men and women
  • Able to complete fellowship before Dec. 31st of the calendar year in which the award is provided
  • Able to attend and present work at AOC event year after award.
  • Meet minimum skill and experience requirement as determined by Master Artist.
  • Applications will require: AOC fellowship application, letter describing experience and future goals, pictures of recent work, video demonstrating minimum skill requirements, signed releases and proof of health insurance.