About The Student Western Art

The first Student Western Art Contest was held in January of 1996 by the Western Art Committee whose mission is to support the education of the youth of South Texas through its Western Art Contest which encourages an appreciation of our western heritage. The contest has grown and evolved over the years and now reaches 94 South Texas School Districts in 33 counties and has awarded over $4,000,000 in college scholarships over the past 24 years.

The 2020 San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Western Art contest is open to high school students currently enrolled in one of the 94 eligible school districts, as well as those attending a private school or homeschooled in one on of the 33 eligible counties. The lists of eligible school districts and counties can be downloaded below. The Western Art Contest is held annually in early December. This year the students whose entries are judged in the Top 17 at the contest will be eligible for a total of $90,000 in college scholarships (certain restrictions apply),

The Briscoe Western Art Museum

The Briscoe Western Art Museum will be exhibiting the Top 17 pieces of artwork from January 6 to February 3, 2020. The exhibit is included as part of general admission.


Letter to Educatorclick here to download

Rules and Regulations - click here to download

Entry Form Packageclick here to download

Art Angels Membershipclick here  to download

Upcoming Events

Student Western Art Contest – Weekend of Dec. 6-Dec. 8, 2019

  • Friday, December 6, Noon- 7:00PM- Drop off entries by teachers & students
  • Saturday, December 7- Contest Judging (Closed to the public)
  • Sunday, December 8, 2:00- 4:00PM- Western Art Reception- Open to Public
  • Sunday, December 8, 4:00PM- Pick up of all artwork
  • All events are held at the Dairy Center located on Freeman Blvd, at the Freeman Coliseum/AT&T Center grounds- Use Gate A off E. Houston St.

Student Western Art Exhibit - free with San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo grounds pass
February 6-23, 2020 
The Expo Hall on the Freeman Coliseum Grounds- Click here to view map

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