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TCAA and CAA Collaborate to Create One Very Exceptional Event

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is very honored to announce that the 46th Annual Cowboy Artists of America (CAA) Sale and Exhibition will be held in conjunction with the Museum's longstanding Traditional Cowboy Arts Association (TCAA) Exhibition and Sale, now in its 13th year. The combination of these two events running side by side, will offer collectors and enthusiasts of Western fine art an unparalleled opportunity at one location over the course of one weekend.

"It really was a groundswell of interest from all sides that fueled the merging of these two events," said Don Reeves, the Museum's McCasland Chair of Cowboy Culture. He also reflected, "In 1998, when the TCAA was being formed, they looked to the CAA for advice on how to put their organization together. In essence, the CAA mentored the TCAA in their development so it's perfect that they are finally together for this event."

And for the CAA show, it is now returning to its roots. Its inaugural exhibition was held at what was then the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in 1966. In 1973, the CAA Sale & Exhibition moved to the Phoenix Art Museum. Today, the organization has 22 active members who will participate in the 2011 exhibition. Tim Cox, president of the Cowboy Artists of America, said, "The Cowboy Artists of America are tremendously excited about the association with the National Cowboy Museum. We hope our followers will join us in the kickoff celebration."

The TCAA is dedicated to preserving and promoting saddlemaking, bit and spur making, silver-smithing and rawhide braiding. They are master craftsmen who have elevated their work to an artistic level, and this year 17 members are expected to offer 50 works of functional art for exhibition and purchase. "The TCAA is anxious to share the stage already set at the Museum," said Scott Hardy, TCAA president. "Our members believe these exhibitions may well make history this year and in the years to come." The move to October does represent a change in dates for the TCAA from its traditional last Saturday in September.

"We believe that bringing the Cowboy Artists of America home to the National Cowboy Museum is one of the most exciting and historic events to take place in the art world in a very long time," said Museum President Chuck Schroeder.

Art enthusiasts are encouraged to save the dates now in order to attend the preview party October 14. On October 15, attendees can look forward to an autograph party luncheon and educational activities during the daytime, followed by a marquee fixed-price sale that evening. The event will be capped by a "Western Formal" banquet followed by a celebratory dance held in the Museum's Sam Noble Special Events Center, one of the grandest venues in the West.

The CAA exhibition and sale will continue through November 27, while the TCAA fine art will be on display and available for purchase through January 8, 2012. The Museum will feature both exhibitions in online catalogs, and commemorative printed catalogs will be available for purchase. For more information go to

Art by TCAA and CAA Artists







Creating a truly unprecedented opportunity to experience the finest Western art will be the collaborative Exhibition and Sale of the TCAA and the CAA. Enthusiasts will be able to immerse themselves in the works from the masters such as "Hummingbird in Gold Overlay on Bit" by TCAA artist Ernie March and Dusty Work by CAA artist Bill Owen.


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