Category Archives: Academy of Western Artists’ Awards Tickets for 2019

2017 Academy of Western Artists Western Trappings

Western Artist of the Year—Teal Blake, Benbrook, TX
Bit and Spurmaker – Jeremiah Watt, Coalinga, Ca.
Engraver- Wes Griffin, Katy, TX
Braider – Clint Haverty, Krum, TX
Bootmaker-Alan Bell, Abilene, Tx
Saddlemaker – Jesse Smith, Pritchett, Colorado
Don King Memorial Saddlemaker- Eddie Brooks, Spring Creek, NV
Garnet Brooks Chuckwagon- Breakaway Chuckwagon, Stamford, TX, Wilbur & Annette Wilson
Master Leather Artisan – Jim Jackson, Sheridan, WY
Buck Ramsey Cowgirl Poet-Carolyn Dufurrena, Winnemucca, NV
Buck Ramsey Cowboy Poet-Andy Nelson, Pinedale, WY
Radio Station- KSSL Lubbock, Tx
Disc Jockey-Ann Harwood Lucas of KCWM
Lifetime Achievement-Bill Mack
Elmer Kelton Book

21st Will Rogers Award Winners


This is a link to some of the photos Melissa Arnold took at the 21st Annual Awards.  If you want to use one, there is also a link to her email and website.  Thank you Melissa. As we get other photos, we will put them up along with the links.

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Steven Jeffers Photography:


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The Academy of Western Artists is proud to announce the following selections for 2016
Radio Station-KOOP, Austin, TX
Disc Jockey-Woody Adkins, KOPN, Columbia, MO
Buck Ramsey Cowboy Poet-Gary Robertson
Buck Ramsey Cowgirl Poet-Sandy Seaton Sallee
Elmer Kelton Book-Glen Sample Ely “The Texas Frontier And The Butterfield Overland Mail, 1858-1861
Engraver-John Mincer
Spur/Bitmaker-Gary Wiggins
Master Leather Artisan- Bill Gomer
Bootmaker-Lee Miller
Cartoonist- Lex Graham
Artist-Carrie Ballantyne
Saddlemaker-Bob Klenda
Braider-Billy Albin
Garnet Brooks Chuckwagon-Homer Robertson
Don King Saddlemaker Award-Chuck Stormes
Lifetime Achievement-Ray Odom
Memorial Tribute-Larry Scott
Pure Country Male-Artie Rodriguez
Pure Country Female-Lisa Layne
Pure Country Duo/Group-Jeff Woolsey and the Dancehall Kings
Pure Country-Album-Tommy Hooker “It Should Be Easier Now”
Pure Country-Song-Lorraine Chavana “Texas Honky Tonk
Western Swing Male-Greg Gibbs
Western Swing-Female-Katie Glassman
Western Swing Duo/Group-Jason Roberts Band
Western Swing Album-Timejumpers “Kid Sister
Western Swing Song-Paul Schlesinger “You Were Meant To Ruin My Dreams”
Western Music Male-Rex Allen Jr.
Western Music Female-Mikki Daniel
Western Music Duo/Group-Munsick Boys
Western Music Album-Ron Christopher “Into The West”
Western Music Song-Mary Kaye “Grit Grace And Bailin’ Twine
Young Artist- Leddy Bragg
Instrumentalist-Mike Sweeney
Appreciation Award-JB Taylor
Distinguished Service Award-Don Reeves
Living Legend Award-Roy Clark



22nd Annual Awards

FT WORTH, TX-The 22nd Annual Will Rogers Awards was held, Thursday,  March 15, 2018 in the Brown Lupton Ballroom on the campus of Texas Christian University. 2901 Stadium Drive, Ft. Worth, TX 76129. The AWA is a non profit 501 c 3 organization.  For sponsorship and program ads, please contact


We are proud to announce that Penny Gilley, star of RFD Television’s Penny Gilley Show will be the Mistress of Ceremonies for the 22nd Annual Academy of Western Artists “Will Rogers” Awards.


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The  Brown-Lupton Ballroom located on the third floor of the Student Union Building at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas.   The Student Union is directly east of the TCU Football stadium and parking is just west of the Student Union.  There is a drive around in case you want to let people out and park.  There are elevators inside the Student Union to take you to the third floor and the ballroom.  Please consult your GPS and computer for exact directions to the Student Union. If you are interested in performing on the Awards or during the dinner, please contact the AWA at No decisions will be made until the first of the year.

*TCU is located in the southwest cultural part of Ft. Worth, with many museums close by including the Ft. Worth Zoo, National Cowgirl Hall of Fame, Texas and Southwest Cattleraisers,  Amon Carter and other interesting things to see.


*The Ft. Worth Stockyard is also an interesting tourist site with many things to see and do. It is located north of downtown Ft. Worth

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LOCATION: HOST HOTEL: The Host Hotel is the Radisson Fort Worth North Fossil Creek Hotel. It is located at 2540 Meacham Boulevard, Ft. Worth, TX 76106. It is a couple of miles north of the Stockyards area on Interstate 35 W. RoomTheir phone number is 800-333-3333. Please mention the Academy of Western Artists to receive the discounted rate.  They do have a limited number of rooms set aside for us, after that it is the full rate.  Please book your rooms early for discounted rate.


Wednesday night jam will be held at the Lil Red’s Longhorn Saloon in the Stockyard area of Ft. Worth and hosted by Billy Bowles.

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Welcome to the Academy of Western Artists

24th Academy of Western Artists Awards

April 9, 2020


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 24th 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 well aware that it will never be the top entertainment event of the world, but is aware that it continues to recognize those individuals and groups who do have that possibility.  We encourage the youth of America and those unknown voices and talents out there to strive to do their best to improve their art and craft and to leave the world a better place than when they found it.  It almost appears that the “pop” music is striving to see how low it can go, and the AWA hopes, that through what it does, we continue to have morals and values, seemingly going against the norm.  If that is what you are looking for to promote your art, then you definitely are in the wrong place.

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 23 years of its existence, over 800 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 sumissions 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 submissions to send in your choice.  You do not have to be a member to nominate or to win an award.

For more information: email Facebook Academy of Western Artists.