TCAA Creates $12,000 Fellowship for Cowboy Craftsmen

The Traditional Cowboy Arts Association has announced the creation of a $12,000 annual award to fund the ongoing education of western craftsmen. The TCAA Fellowship will be given to a single recipient each year, and will cover travel and tuition costs for a year of study with TCAA members.

Founded in 1998, TCAA is dedicated to preserving the trades of saddlemaking, rawhide braiding, silversmithing, and bit and spur making. The group holds two annual workshops and provides one-on-one mentoring for craftsmen seeking to improve their skills. To date, the group has provided more than $70,000 in scholarships. The new fellowship will create a targeted approach, representing a substantial annual investment in the ongoing education of one maker working in a TCAA discipline.

TCAA will announce the first Fellowship recipient at the group’s 2012 exhibition, opening at Oklahoma City’s National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum on October 13.

Applications for the 2013 TCAA Fellowship must be submitted by March 1, 2013, and should include a biographical essay outlining the applicant’s career path and goals; a photo portfolio showing a progression of the applicant’s work; and a minimum of three letters of support from mentors or others with stature in the applicant’s discipline. Applications may be sent to the TCAA Secretary-Treasurer, PO Box 1031, Salmon ID 80923. The 2013 Fellowship recipient will be announced at the 2013 TCAA exhibition in Oklahoma City.

Editors: Direct questions or interview requests to TCAA President Scott Hardy, Longview, Alberta, (403) 558-2337;


Saddlemaking & Silversmithing
Contests Added to High Noon Lineup

The Traditional Cowboy Arts Association will host an invitational competition for emerging saddlemakers and silversmiths during the High Noon Western Americana Show, to be held in Mesa, Arizona, January 26-27, 2013.

Entries will be judged by TCAA members, using a standardized scoring system that will be made available to all entrants. One winner will be named in each discipline.

Applications for entry are due no later than June 30, 2012, and must include:

  1. A brief biography of the prospective entrant. The biography should include the length of time the applicant has worked in the discipline of saddlemaking or silversmithing.
  2.  A minimum of six photos of the applicant’s recent work. Three photos should be detail images.

Applications may be e-mailed to Those selected to participate will be notified, and provided the contest’s delivery deadline, by July 15.

The winner in each discipline will receive a $1,000 cash award, as well as free travel to the 2013 TCAA exhibition opening at Oklahoma City’s National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

For more information call (403) 931-4810.

Editors: Direct questions or interview requests to TCAA member Chuck Stormes, Millarville, Alberta, (403) 931-4810.