National Day of the Cowboy
Annual 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, Charles Phillips in 2014, and Sheila Cottrell in 2015.
To nominate an individual, organization, event, or project for a Cowboy Keeper Award, send an email to email@example.com explaining in detail and in your own words, why you feel your nominee should receive the award. Two (2) additional emails, supporting your nomination and following the same requirements, must also be received. Subject must be: “Cowboy Keeper Award Nomination.” The body of the messages should be no more than 650 words. Nominations must be received between March 1st and May 31st each year. Cowboy Keeper 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 Image.