Question: I have a ranch and would like to have the CAA hold one of its trail rides here. How do I extend that invitation?
Answer: From the Contact Page of the CAA website, just send an email to the CAs, giving as many details about your ranch as you can. If you prefer to send information through the U.S. Mail, the mailing address is shown on the Contact Page. Upon receipt of the information, you will be contacted by one of the CA Members.
Question: What is Emeritus Status?
Answer: At any time, Active Members may request of the other members that they be granted Emeritus Status, which means they remain a member of the organization in a limited capacity. They may exhibit two pieces at the annual CAA Show (but are ineligible to win awards for them), or choose not to exhibit at all. They may attend most CAA functions, such as the annual Trail Ride, but they may not serve as officers, attend the business meetings or have the right to vote on issues. When the status was incorporated into the organization, it was intended to be a status of semi-retirement for members who may have some extenuating circumstance(s) in their life that prohibits them from participating fully in the activities of the organization, as the Active Members are required to.
Question: Why isn’t there information on all past CAA members?
Answer: As with any organization that has members, membership changes from time to time for various reasons. Regardless of the reason(s) someone is no longer affiliated with CAA, they were a part of the history of Cowboy Artists of America and are listed here.
Roy Andersen – A member of CAA from 1989 until 2005; served as CAA President and was the recipient of several awards in the group’s annual exhibition at the Phoenix Art Museum.
Gerard Curtis Delano – A member of CAA from 1966 until 1970, exhibiting in the 1968 and 1969 shows. His death in 1972 ended a long, illustrious career.
Darol Dickinson – Joined CAA in 1966; served as secretary-treasurer in 1967-68 and remained a member until 1975. His works were exhibited in seven of the CAA annual shows.
Robert Duncan – Elected to CAA membership in 1982; remained with the group until 1987.
Nicholas S. Firfires – Elected to CAA membership in 1966; remained with the group until 1980.
John D. Free – Was elected to CAA membership in 1972 and remained with the group until 1975.
Leroy C. Grinnell – Was elected to membership in CAA in 1988 and won a Silver Medal in 1991 for Drawing and Other Media; ending his association with CAA sometime after.
Wayne Hunt – Elected to membership in the CAA in 1966; remained a CAA member until 1972. Then held one more year of membership during 1974-75 before ending his relationship with the CAA.
Harry Jackson – Elected to membership in CAA in 1967; remained with the group until 1976.
Ned Jacob – A CAA member from 1967 to 1975.
John H. Kittleson – Elected to membership in the CAA during 1966 and remained a member until 1974, displaying his work in seven of the annual CAA shows.
Frank McCarthy – Was elected to CAA membership in 1975; took Emeritus status from 1988 until 1998.
Robert Pummill – A member of CAA from 1984 until 2005; served as President of CAA and won a gold medal for watercolor.
James Reynolds – A member of CAA two separate times with the most recent association ending in 2005; served as CAA President and won numerous awards.
Gordon Snidow – Associated with CAA since before the group’s first exhibition in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1966. Took Emeritus status in 1998 until 2008.
John Moyers – Elected to CAA membership in 1994; remained with the group until 2011
Allen Brewer, Jr. – Became a CAA Member in 1966 and was killed in a plane crash in 1967.
Note: When putting the new CAA website together in 2009, the images needed in order to put up a page for this Deceased Member weren’t available. If/when the CAA website is contacted and the images are provided, his page will be added.
Prior Honorary Members:
Col. Tom Bass
Frances and Frank Gardner
Dr. Harold McCracken
Dick Spencer, II
Harold Von Schmidt
Question: Why doesn’t the CAA website have contact information for all of the CAs?
Answer: The contact information provided here is the only contact information the CAA website has been authorized to release. In the case of a Deceased Member, if contact information is provided, it is often a family member who is happy to answer questions.
Question: Does the Cowboy Artists of America organization maintain a database of the CAs’ artwork?
Answer: No. The CAA organization was founded in 1965, long before the personal computer came along. In the words of one of the Founding Fathers, Charlie Dye, they “probably all had a notion that some sort of organization would be both a lot of fun and good promotion of our mutual efforts in Art.” At that time, and for several years after, none of them had any idea that the organization would evolve to become the most successful and longest surviving organization of its kind.
The 2009 Show and Exhibition will be the 44th annual event, and with the compilation of the new CAA website in that year, it is becoming increasingly evident that efforts need to be made to gather, protect, recreate, compile facts/data with regard to the organization and its activities.
The CAA website was redesigned in 2009 with the sole purpose in mind to make it the place to go for news of the CA members, so keep coming back often; you never know what you might find next!
Question: How much insurance should I get to protect my CAA artwork?
Answer: Typically homeowner’s insurance policies will provide for “contents.” This includes everything in your house – books, photos, computers, furniture and art. If you feel the total contents in your home, including precious items (art, jewelry, and furs) exceed the amount specified in your policy, then you need to get a rider for “fine arts.” Insurance companies will require an appraisal for any “fine art” listed on a rider.
Question: Where can I get an appraisal of CAA artwork?
Answer: Artists cannot provide you with a professional appraisal, even on their own work(s), unless they have been accredited. And professional appraisers cannot legally appraise any item they have not personally inspected. Therefore, in order to obtain a valid appraisal, the work must be seen in person by a professional; photographs will not suffice. There is some good information on the Internet regarding many artists’ work, so it should be fairly easy to compute an approximate value. If that value exceeds the amount of insurance you currently have, then you would do well to pay to get it professionally appraised. You may locate an appraiser in your local Yellow Pages, by contacting a gallery or museum in your area or for help online contact: http://www.appraisers.org/ASAHome.aspx
Question: Where can I sell a piece of CAA artwork?
Answer: The CAs does not make recommendations with regard to which galleries and/or auction houses or websites people should use. General guidelines would be to seek the advice of a reputable gallery or museum within in your area, or use the Internet to see if you can learn which gallery the artist of the particular piece of art may use and contact them. In the case of a deceased artist, find a gallery that sells works of deceased artists only. It is best to follow the advice of a professional who is familiar with not only the style of the work, but also with the particular artist in question.
Question: What about selling on EBay?
Answer: When an artist creates a piece of artwork, they “own” the right to any reproduction of that original piece of art, even after it’s sold, unless they relinquish their “rights.” The legal term is “copyright” and evidenced by the symbol artists’ affix to original works of art ©. This signifies they are the creator, therefore, the owner of the intellectual property.
When a piece of artwork is consigned to a gallery or an auction, it is their responsibility to obtain written consent from the artist (the creator) for the image of that artwork to be used in advertisements (printed and/or online) to promote the sale. Without such permission, the use of the image is a copyright infringement, and as such, the artist may take legal action.
EBay recognizes, respects and promotes artists’ rights, and as such works to develop and enforce policies and procedures for protecting intellectual property. The program, called the Verified Rights Owner (VeRO) Program now counts among its participants over 28,000 companies and individuals, who may elect to post “VeRO: Participant About Me” pages, which tells what their individual legal position is with regard to their intellectual property. Here’s a link to the page:
If you have a piece of artwork you’re thinking about putting up on EBay, consult these pages. This list does not include all rights owners, so if you don’t find the artist there, you are encouraged to directly contact the rights owner regarding their products and/or policies.
Question: I have a gallery and would like to stock some of the CAA Sale & Exhibition catalogs and posters. How do I go about it?
Answer: The CAA is interested in supplying their products to galleries, museum gift stores, schools and libraries. Please send the CAs an email through the Contact Page to find out what arrangements they can make with your specific business or organization.
Question: Where can I learn more about a past or present CAA member? Where might I find more information about CAA artwork(s), such as title, value, where I might be able to find/buy/sell a piece?
Answer: The CAA website is about the “organization” and as such, provides general information about Active, Emeritus and Deceased CAA Members, such as how long they’ve been (or were) a member, when they were born, short biographical information and the contact information/website address CAA has been given permission to release to the public.
All CAA members, both past and present, run their individual businesses independently of the organization and maintain their own records. Therefore, anyone looking for specific information with regard to one CAA member and/or their artwork should go to the source and contact the artist in question. If the contact/website information for the artist isn’t provided on the CAA website, do an Internet search. If that doesn’t prove to be successful or you don’t receive a response to your efforts, use the search results to locate a gallery which represents and/or sells that particular artist’s works and contact them for more information.
Question: I’m an artist. How can I become a member of Cowboy Artists of America?
Answer: Membership is by invitation only. A member of the Cowboy Artists of America may identify and refer a candidate to the full membership for consideration. Recommendations for membership are based on the original purposes and goals of the organization:
Educational; to investigate, discuss, perpetuate and publish, through art, painting, drawing and sculpting; the authentic facts and color relative to the historic, social, political, economic and religious background of the American West; to, wherever possible, preserve a record of the cultural background and evolution of the American Western Region, as it was then and is now; to hold an annual art exhibit; to help inform and educate the public about the true Western heritage and to encourage and promote the collection and preservation thereof; to conduct an annual Trail Ride, or Rendezvous, to recreate and rekindle, as near as possible, the spirit of the old American West; and, to promote all corollary activities thereto. We strive to achieve these goals in the tradition of Remington and Russell.
This excerpt is taken from the 1971, Cowboy Artists of America, Sixth Annual Show and Exhibition catalog:
The cultural, educational and artistic aims of the Cowboy Artists of America are accomplished by holding only one combined exhibit a year. With this juried show, the Cowboy Artists of America has an obligation to itself, to the public and to Western art, to annually hold the best exhibit of Western art in America. To meet this responsibility, the standards for membership are necessarily high. The prospective member must qualify as a professionally fine artist in all the media in which he or she works, and must have a reputation for the authentic depiction of the American West, and must have devoted the majority of his or her work to that phase of American culture.
Knowledge of the organization, its history and the work of CAA members past and present is invaluable to the artists who aspire to become members. In addition to attending the annual CAA Sale and Exhibition held each October, there are many resources that will provide valuable information on the history and culture of the organization and numerous books about the lives and art of CAA members.