2014 AWA Award Winners

Below are the winners for the 19th Annual Academy of Western Artists “Will Rogers Awards”. Congratulations to each and every one of them. This year’s event was held at the Sheraton Hotel in Irving, Texas, March 28, 2015.


Thanks to everyone who attended


These are the announced winners and categories:
Artist-Loren Entz, Montana
Cartoonist-Ash Cooper, Canada
Bootmaker-DW Frommer II, Redmond, OR
Saddlemaker-Troy West, Azle, TX
Don King Memorial Saddlemaker-Don Butler, Sheridan, WY
Engraver- Annie Wieden, Australia
Master Leather Artisan- Chuck Smith-Valley Center, CA
Bit/Spurmaker- George Blackwood, Blue Ridge, TX
Braider-Whit Olson, Canistota, SD
Garnet Brooks Chuckwagon-JL Chuckwagon, Abilene, TX
Elmer Kelton Fiction Book- “The Big Drift”, Patrick Dearen, Midland, TX
Elmer Kelton Non Fiction- “Creating Texas” Jeffrey Dane, Brooklyn, NY/Rod Timanus, Glendale, AZ
Buck Ramsey Cowboy Poet-Shadd Piehl, Fargo, ND
Buck Ramsey Cowgirl Poet-Virginia Bennett, Goldendale, WA
Radio Station-KTNK, Lompoc, CA
Disc Jockey-Tom Wardle, Kintersville, PA
Outstanding Achievement, Albert Talley, Cleburne, TX
Distinguished Service-Larry Byers, Texas
Western Music Male- Barry Ward

Western Music Female-Belinda Gail

Western Music Duo/Group-Hanson Family

Western Music Album/CD- “Jewel of the West” Lee Lee Robert

Western Music Song-“Scios” Doug Figgs
Western Swing Male-Coby Carter

Western Swing Female-Sharyn Lee

Western Swing Duo/Group-Western Swing Authority

Western Swing Album/CD-“A Platter of Brownies” Carolyn Martin

Western Swing Song-“You Can’t Make It Up” Rick & The Ramblers

Instrumentalist of the Year-Rocco Fortunato

Pure Country Male-JD Micals

Pure Country Female-Janice Maynard

Pure Country Duo/Group-Michael Dart & Skyline Wranglers

Pure Country Album/CD-“A World Away” Kimberly Murray

Pure Country Song-“Hold That Thought” Myra Rolen

Young Artist-Shannon Hall