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 and individuals whom it determines have made 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 artwork for the award is contributed by a different painter each year, the Cowboy Keeper Award itself was originally conceived in memory and in honor of cowgirl and artist, the late Joelle Smith. Artists 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, and Phil Beck 2012.
To nominate an individual, organization or project for the Cowboy Keeper Award, send an email explaining in detail why you feel your nominee should receive the award. Two additional emails supporting your nomination must also be provided. Subject should be “Cowboy Keeper Award Nominee.” Nominations must be received no later than May 31st each year.
To offer to donate a digital image of your western related artwork for use in the Cowboy Keeper Award, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Cowboy Keeper Award Art.