Welcome to the Academy of Western Artists

Many of the winners are already posted elsewhere on this website, including the Final Five in music. They will be first sent to Facebook, but will be permanently located at this website under 2014 Updates….

The 19th Annual Academy of Western Artists Awards will be held March 27-28, 2015 at the Sheraton Hotel in Irving, Texas. Details will be forthcoming.

The Academy of Western Artists is a 501 (c) (3) organization whose mission is to promote and preserve, not only our western past, but also our contemporary western future. We are in our 19th year of the Will Rogers Western Awards recognizing the best in western artists in three disciplines: Trappings, entertainment and media.

The Academy of Western Artists is a small group of folks whose agenda is to recognize and promote those western artists who do excellent work. In the 18 years of its existence, over 500 well deserving individuals and groups have received a “Willie” statue. The award, in many fields, is the most recognized and prized recognition of their work. Since its inception, there have been numerous other award type shows and we welcome each and every one of them. It is nice to be rewarded, by others, for what you do, which is the reason for this type of show. Please send in your nominations of  those folks whom you want to recognize as doing good for others and the promotion of the western heritage.  Go to the page for nominations to send in your choice.  You do not have to be a member to nominate or to win an award.

For more information: email working_cowboy@hotmail.com. Facebook Academy of Western Artists.