National Day of the Cowboy
Cowboy Keeper Award™
The Board of Directors of the National Day of the Cowboy organization bestows its annual Cowboy Keeper Award on organizations, events, projects and individuals it determines have made or are making a substantial contribution to the preservation of pioneer heritage, as well as to those whose efforts support the continued growth and preservation of Cowboy culture.
Although the artwork and photography for the award is contributed by a different painter or photographer each year, the Cowboy Keeper Award itself was originally conceived in memory and in honor of cowgirl and artist, the late Joelle Smith. Those who have donated their work are Naomi Offner 2006, Bob Boze Bell 2007, Jennifer M. Ward 2008, Sally Smith for Joelle Smith 2009, Jim Clements 2010, Betty Goodan Andrews for Till Goodan 2011, Phil Beck in 2012, Val Moker 2013, and Charles Phillips in 2014..
To nominate an individual, organization, event, or project for a Cowboy Keeper Award, send an email to email@example.com explaining in detail why you feel your nominee should receive the award. Two additional emails supporting your nomination must also be received. Subject should be: “Cowboy Keeper Award Nomination.” Nominations must be received between March 1st and May 31st each year. Award recipients are announced in July.
To offer to donate a digital image of your western related artwork or photography for use in the Cowboy Keeper Award, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Cowboy Keeper Award Art.