THE EVENT   |  January 19 - 23, 2022

Fellowship Program

Art of the Cowgirl

Fellowship Program

 

2022 Fellowship Applications Start Opening

March 1, 2022

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 be chosen each year by the Art of the Cowgirl Committee. Each Master will offer 1-2 weeks teaching at their place for each recipient. 
  •  Fellowship Recipients will receive supplies and materials, travel, room and board at Master’s location, and travel expenses to complete the Fellowship. Travel to the 2023 Art of the Cowgirl event will also be funded through the program. 
  • Each Fellowship Recipient must complete piece of work or complete the agreed upon task at the conclusion of Fellowship period. Recipients will donate an item to the 2023 Fellowship Auction. 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.
  • Recipients will be chosen by the Fellowship Selection Committee consisting of Art of the Cowgirl team members and the Masters by majority decision. 

How to Apply for a Fellowship

 

2022 Fellowship Applications

The Art of the Cowgirl Fellowship Program will encourage, promote and invest in the development of emerging artists and makers engaged in the unique arts, trades, and horsemanship of the western lifestyle while celebrating tradition and inspiring innovation through mentorship from established leaders in their fields. Through this program, Art of the Cowgirl will foster creativity and will work to preserve traditional art techniques and functional gear.

The Fellowship Program is Tammy Pate’s original dream of providing 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.

*2022 Master Artists announcements coming soon*
*2022 Applications will open March 1st*

Guidelines

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

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.

Recipient Requirements
  •  18 years of age or older
  • Able to complete fellowship before Dec. 31st of 2022.
  • Able to attend and present work at Art of the Cowgirl event in 2023. 
  • Meet minimum skill and experience requirement as determined by Master.
  • Applications will require: Art of the Cowgirl fellowship application, pictures of recent work and/or video demonstrating minimum skill requirements
  • Recipient awarded will be required to have signed releases and proof of health insurance
Program Details
  • Recipient will receive: supplies and materials, travel, room and board at Master’s location, travel expenses to Art of the Cowgirl event for presentation 2023.
  • Each recipient will have a completed piece of work or agreed upon task at conclusion of fellowship period
  • Recipients will be required to complete fellowships in the 2022 calendar year and present work at the 2023 Art of the Cowgirl event
  • Recipients will be required to donate a completed piece for the 2023 Fellowship Auction
  • Recipients will be required to sign contracts and releases before funds will be released 
  • Recipients will be chosen by Fellowship Selection committee

A Word from Tammy Pate

It’s no secret that women have played a significant role in ranching and the western way of life. Most of today’s successful ranchers and western artisans have wonderful stories to tell about a wife, mother or grandmother who influenced their lives.

Art of the Cowgirl is designed to spotlight these wonderful women while sharing the stories of their families, marriages and partnerships that in turn shaped them.

Please join us as we celebrate, gather and connect Western women around horses and western art. We will feature female makers, master artists, silversmiths, braiders, saddlemakers and horsewomen. The event will not only provide entertainment and honor women of the west, but will also provide fellowships to individuals to further their knowledge with master artists in the trade of choice. The contributions of these cowgirl makers are truly worth celebrating and we look forward to sharing them with you.

With Cowgirl Spirit at Heart,

Tammy Pate, Founder of Art of the Cowgirl

Fellowship Donations

 

Our Mission
Our purpose is Two Fold as Art of the Cowgirl not only Celebrates Accomplished Artisans and Horsewomen, But Provides Funding for Emerging Artists in the development of their Crafts and Businesses.

Art of the Cowgirl is a gathering to celebrate cowgirls and their contributions to the western lifestyle and culture through workshops, horsemanship clinics, an all-girl ranch rodeo and horse sale. It will be the avenue through which funds will be generated to support emerging artists and expand their knowledge and skills through fellowships and mentoring by Master Artists in their respective fields.

The Art of the Cowgirl Fellowship Program will encourage, promote and invest in the development of emerging artists and makers engaged in the unique arts, trades, and horsemanship of the western lifestyle while celebrating tradition and inspiring innovation through mentorship from established leaders in their fields. Through this program, Art of the Cowgirl will foster creativity and will work to preserve traditional art techniques and functional gear.

The Partnership

In 2019-2020, the Art of the Cowgirl Fellowship Program will accept contributions under the auspices of Equine Empowerment, a 501(c)(3) organization based in Ridgeway, Colorado, until such time that the Art of the Cowgirl Foundation receives its own 501 (c)(3) designation (pending). We are so grateful to Equine Empowerment and Executive Director and Founder Beth Godbey. Our partnership allows us to direct our time and resources towards creating an outstanding event and tailoring our Fellowship programs to best fit our Master Artists and Fellowship recipients.

How It Works

Acting as fiscal sponsor and advisor for Art of the Cowgirl Fellowship, Equine Empowerment will be accepting tax deductible contributions on our behalf. Equine Empowerment will then grant those monies to Art of the Cowgirl Fellowship program to fund our Fellowship program.

Learn more about Equine Empowerment here.