May 3, 2019

Contact: Taylor Summer, Communications Specialist

(Office) (405) 478-2250 ext. 284


National Cowboy Museum, Traditional Cowboy
Arts Association Continue Partnership

Building on more than 20 years of collaboration, both groups are eager to enter a new decade of growth.

OKLAHOMA CITY — The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, home to the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association’s (TCAA) annual exhibition and sale for the past 20 years, is excited to announce the 21st Traditional Cowboy Arts Exhibition & Sale Opening Weekend, October 4 – 5, 2019.

Formed in 1998, the TCAA has held each of its annual exhibitions at the National Cowboy Museum. Along with the excitement of the annual Traditional Cowboy Arts Exhibition & Sale, this year the Museum’s exhibition, Caballeros y Vaqueros (September 13 – January 5, 2020), highlights the cowboy arts’ history and explores their multicultural roots.

“The Traditional Cowboy Arts Exhibition & Sale is an annual highlight not only for those with an interest in the cowboy arts, but also for those with an interest in art, period,” said Museum President & CEO Natalie Shirley. “The saddlemakers, bit and spur makers, silversmiths and rawhide braiders who comprise the TCAA are among the most skilled artists working today; they just happen to practice disciplines that evolved from the working cowboy.”

The longtime partnership between The Cowboy and the TCAA is almost like family. The Museum shares the group’s core belief that the Western disciplines of saddlemaking, bit and spur making, silversmithing and rawhide braiding are artistic pursuits, and it ensured the TCAA’s founders that the Museum would provide a space to exhibit members’ works.

Since the TCAA’s first exhibition and sale in 1999, the Museum has hosted the annual showcase of TCAA members’ latest works as well as an Opening Weekend celebration. As in the past, this year’s events include artist demonstrations, autograph signings, receptions and dinners, as well as a TCAA workshop for scroll layout and design with Sam Alfano, held October 1 – 3, 2019.

For more information on the Traditional Cowboy Arts Exhibition & Sale Opening Weekend, October 4 – 5, 2019, visit Reservations are available beginning July 1, 2019. For information on proxy bidding, contact Trent Riley, Major Gifts Officer, at (405) 478-2250 ext. 251 or


About the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City is America’s premier institution of Western history, art and culture. Founded in 1955, the Museum collects, preserves and exhibits an internationally renowned collection of Western art and artifacts while sponsoring dynamic educational programs to stimulate interest in the enduring legacy of the American West. For more information, visit