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 21st 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 music and other industries are striving to see how low they 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 21 years of its existence, over 700 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.