Call Detail
43rd Annual Western Spirit Juried Art Show & Sale

Entry Deadline: 11/2/23
Application Closed

Entry Fee (Entry Fee): $20.00
Media Fee(Media Fee): $20.00
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 4
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 4
Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: International
State: Wyoming
Event Dates: 3/2/24 - 4/23/24

Full Prospectus Click HERE

Cheyenne Frontier Days™ Old West Museum

43rd Annual Western Spirit Juried Art Show & Sale

March 2 – April 14, 2023

Statement of Purpose:

The Western Spirit Juried Art Show & Sale (WSJASS) is the premier annual juried art show in the Rocky Mountain region for new and emerging artists who create original western art depicting the American West.

 Media Categories:

Acrylic, Drawing, Mixed-Media (including digital drawings), Oil, Pastel, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Watercolor. The Museum/Jurors have the rights to change the category for jurying.

Selection Process:

All art in the Western Spirit Juried Art Show & Sale is selected by an independent jury comprised of professionals in the western art community. Artwork for the Vandewark Miniature Show is selected by the artist following acceptance into Western Spirit. Award judging of the artwork is completed the Friday before the Western Spirit Opening Reception and Award Show.


All communication regarding Western Spirit Art Coordination will be sent through email via CAFÉ ( Please note that some of these communications do end up in the Spam and Junk mail folders. Make sure communication from CAFÉ is not blocked in your inbox. Other information regarding the Western Spirit Opening Reception and the Art Seminar will be sent by Art Show Coordinator Amanda Marshall via email ( You may also receive other communication via our marketing team from the Cheyenne Frontier Days™ Old West Museum.

  Entry Process:

Artists will submit their entries through (CAFÉ). Artists are responsible for selecting the appropriate category for each piece from the drop down menu. You are responsible for ensuring all entry information submitted on CAFÉ is true and correct. You cannot make changes to title, price, medium, or artist name after submission. All information submitted on CAFÉ will appear on gallery labels, the Western Spirit Website, and on all media related to Western Spirit and the CFD Old West Museum.

All images must be sized no smaller than 1200 pixels on the longest side. All files must be submitted as a JPEG under 5MB. Submit only one image of a 2-D or 3-D piece of work. If you are submitting multiple views of your 3-D piece, you must send it as a split-screen image in a single JPEG. If you experience technical difficulty with the entry process, please contact the CAFÉ Admin at or by calling (303) 629-1166.

We do not accept AI-generated Art. We do not accept Installation Art. 

All entries are due by November 2, 2023. No late entries accepted!


Application OpensSeptember 1, 2023
Application ClosesNovember 2, 2023
Acceptance NotificationsDecember 8, 2023
Miniature Show Art Information SubmittedJanuary 8, 2024
Accepted Art ShippingJanuary 22 – 26, 2024
Hand Carry of Accepted ArtJanuary 29 – February 2, 2024
Artwork OnlineFebruary 12, 2024
Award JudgingMarch 1, 2024
Art SeminarMarch 2, 2024; 9:00am-2:15pm
Member-Only PreviewMarch 2, 2024; 5:00pm-6:00pm
Western Spirit Opening Reception and Award ShowMarch 2, 2024; 6:00pm-9:00pm
Show ClosesApril 14, 2024
Art Pick-UpApril 16-19, 2024
Art ShipmentShipped out by end of day on April 26, 2024

   Display Specifications:

·         All 2-D artwork must use a hanging wire and D-rings for wall  mounting and be able to lie flat against the wall.

·         2-D works may have a gallery edge but need to be ready to hang and have a proper wire hang system.

·         All accepted works must arrive at the Museum show ready (i.e., wire-strung, framed, mounted, and matted, or appropriate gallery wrapped edges).

·         We do NOT accept saw tooth hangers, protruding eye screws, or keyhole slots. If art arrives with these hanging systems, it will be rejected automatically.

·         Artists must tape their wire ends and provide enough slack on the wire tension to allow for safe hanging.

·         Acrylic and Museum Glass are acceptable materials for any media under glass.

·         If you have display concerns, please contact us at least 2 months prior to the show so we have time to address your concerns.

Museum Staff have final determination regarding the mounting and display of artwork, including the right of refusal.

All 2-D pieces must be measured to include framing.

·         2-D pieces will not exceed 47 inches horizontal or 60 inches vertical including the frame.

·         3-D pieces will not exceed three square feet at the base.

·         Suspended sculptures will follow 2-D guidelines.

·         All artwork that exceeds size limitations will not

be displayed and will be returned at the artist’s


·         On CAFÉ please submit the framed dimensions of any framed pieces.

 Originals, Multiples, & Series:

·         All submitted art needs to be original in concept, design, and execution by the submitting artist.

·         AI-generated art will not be accepted.

·         No photos, laser, giclee, or digital reproductions will be accepted into Western Spirit or the Vandewark Miniature Show unless entering the Photography Category.

·         All artworks having multiples available must be disclosed with the number available at the time of submission to CAFÉ.

·         All artworks must have been generated within the last three years and not been previously displayed for sale at the CFD Old West Museum (Western Spirit, Western Art Show, New Frontiers, APA Show). This policy includes the miniature show. Additionally, miniature pieces may not be scaled down duplications of any pieces accepted into Western Spirit. Any duplicated miniatures will be immediately disqualified.

·         Derivatives of another artist’s work will not be accepted. If an artwork is determined to be derivative by the jurors or Museum staff, it will be excluded from the show. Pieces should not be derivative of artwork by other artists from another medium or another time. Exceptions may be made at the discretion of Museum Staff if:

·         The piece is an original re-interpretation of the modeled work that only the submitting artist could achieve.

·         The submitting artist acknowledges the original artist and title in their own title.

·         The submitting artist has not violated copyright law.

·         The submitting artist has secured permission from the original artist or heirs in writing if such permission is available.

The Museum Staff reserves the right to decline any submitted work that violates these guidelines. If you submit derivatives or AI artwork, the Museum has the right to disqualify that work with no refund.


All artworks must be for sale. The Museum collects a 35% commission for each sale. Artists should adjust their price accordingly prior to submission. Art prices will not change after submission. Any artwork exhibited or commissioned work sold within 30 days of the art show’s close is subject to a 35% sales commission to the Museum. Artists may only sell artwork accepted for the art show on the Museum premises (including the Museum’s websites and social media channels) except for special commissioned pieces with the consent of the Art Coordinator. The Museum will handle transactions for the artist to include the 35% commission. Accepted artwork must remain on exhibit until the art show closes. Once accepted for the art show, the artist cannot alter or sell the accepted piece. Artists cannot make changes to the artwork or its arrangement while on exhibit in the Museum. If you have a concern with the display of your artwork, please contact Museum staff at least two weeks before opening night. If the artist sells an accepted piece before delivery, the artist will owe the Museum the same 35% sales commission as if the piece sold in the show or the artist will forfeit their ability to enter any future Museum show for a period of 24 months.


The Western Spirit Juried Art Show & Sale is an art exhibition juried by leading art professionals in the western art community. Art selection for the show occurs via CAFÉ from November 2 to December 6, 2023.

 Hand Delivery/Pick-Up of Accepted Work:

Hand-delivered artwork must arrive at the Museum Art Show Office the week of January 29 – February 2, 2024, M-F, 9a.m.- 4p.m. Pick-Up for unsold art is April 16 – 19, 2024, Tu-F, 9a.m. – 4p.m. Please notify the Museum via email at about any last-minute pick-up changes. Please email the Museum at least two weeks prior to the end of the show if you will have a representative pick up your work.

 Shipping of Accepted Work/Return Shipping:

All shipped artworks MUST include a preprinted return shipping label with barcodes for every box delivered to the Museum. If the artist does not provide a return shipping label by April 14, 2024, the Museum will return their artwork C.O.D. using a carrier of the Museum’s choice at the close of the show. Plan on your work arriving at the Museum the week of January 22 – 26, 2024. Shipped art will be sent out by the end of the day on April 26, 2024. Artists are responsible for additional shipping costs due to refused or returned artwork. If your artwork needs to be shipped somewhere or returned immediately at the close of the show, please let the Museum know before the artwork arrives so proper arrangements can be made to ship your art immediately at the close of the show. Any artwork that remains at the Museum after May 5, 2024, will be shipped to the artist C.O.D. using a carrier of the Museum’s choice. Please send artwork to:

CFD Old West Museum

Attn: Art Show Coordinator

4610 N. Carey Ave

Cheyenne, WY 82001

*If artwork does not arrive on time, it will not be displayed in the show or online and will be returned when all art is shipped out, at the Museum’s convenience.

Packing Artwork:

No packing peanuts allowed. Artists shipping with packing peanuts will have a $20 repacking penalty. The Museum will ship artwork back with packing materials provided by the artist. Artists who do not provide adequate packing materials will be charged a flat $20 fee for new packing material, which must be paid prior to artwork being shipped back to the artist. Our preferred packaging for 2-D work is the Airfloat System. Artists with 2-D pieces should ensure that their artwork is secure in its framing prior to shipping. If you pack art by yourself, adequate packing means there is no movement of the box’s contents during shipping. One way to check for adequate packing, once you have packed your art, is to pick up the box and gently shake it in all directions. If you hear the contents shift, then add more packing material.

 Vandewark Miniature Show:

Artists juried into the show may bring two miniatures to the show, either 2-D’s or 3-D’s. 2-D work must be wire hang-ready miniature works of art. These two pieces are not part of your initial entries. 

Miniatures must be different from prior years and cannot be smaller versions of accepted Western Spirit work.

Museum Art Show and Sales Marketing Policy:

The CFD Old West Museum reserves the right to reproduce accepted works for the Museum’s marketing and promotional purposes, which includes but is not limited to ads for media outlets, posters, mailings, billboards, and on the CFD Old West Museum website. The artist will be credited on all featured art. If you want your accepted piece more likely to be chosen for editorial and print advertising, please send a photo larger than 1MB and/or 300ppi to Hannah Butterfield ( after you have been accepted into the show.

 Art Seminar:

The seminar is a unique educational opportunity for artists, students, and teachers for professional development and networking. This year’s attendees will learn from recognized professionals within the western art community. Tickets include breakfast, lunch, and juror presentations. Tickets will go on sale in 2024.


Best of Show: $1000

Best of Each Media: $500

Best Miniature: $100

Award money will be given at the same time as sales payment after the conclusion of the show.                                                                                                                       


All art is handled by trained art handlers. Accepted work will be insured by the Museum while in the Museum’s control. Artists should insure their own work for shipment to and from the Museum. Artists will be notified immediately if artwork arrives at the Museum damaged. If you are accepted into the show and miss the deadlines set above, we cannot guarantee placement on the website or in the show itself. Entry fees are non-refundable.

 Fees and Museum Member Entry Discount Codes:

Fees are payable online at time of entry. Submission of the entry fee will constitute an agreement to the conditions set forth in this prospectus. Entry fees are non-refundable. If you are a current member of the CFD Old West Museum or plan to purchase a membership at the time of entry, please contact Amanda Marshall by email at for a coupon code before submission. All payments are final and will not be refunded. See table below for fees. Membership is NOT required for entry, it is a discount opportunity.

 Pricing Chart

Art entry fee per entry (max entries 4) - $10Art entry fee per entry (max entries 4) - $20

 Museum Membership

Membership BenefitsIndividual - $50Family - $75
Free admission year-roundXX
Annual subscription to StagelineXX
Quarterly recognition in StagelineXX
Access to member-only eventsXX
Invitations to annual Museum events, exhibits, and programs.XX
10% discount at the CFD Museum Gift ShopXX
Membership cards for kids ages 13-18 X
Discount on Kids’ Camps and Workshops X

*For additional Membership options, please contact Development Manager Lonnie Reese at (307) 778-7291 or


If upon the arrival of artwork, it becomes clear that the image file submitted was altered or is in violation of any of the guidelines and rules stated in this prospectus, the work will automatically be disqualified and shipped back to the artists at their expense. Entry fees will not be refunded. The Museum reserves the right of refusal of any work where the frame shows extensive damage, spray paint, obvious fixes with pens or markers, or is declared unfit for hanging in a professional fine art show.

Reasons for Disqualification include but are not limited to:

-          Is late

-          Exceeds size limitations

-          Is damaged

-          Is derivative

-          Is an installation piece

-          Is not the same piece as shown in the digital image submission

-          Is not ready to hang

-          Artist alters piece and/or its display while it is on exhibit in the Museum without prior authorization

 If you would like your pieces displayed in a certain orientation, please submit that information when you submit your art. Note: Artists cannot request a certain spot in the show – that is up to Museum staff.

Application Requirements

Applicants must completely read the prospectus then submit their application through CaFE. Each artist may only submit up to four pieces total.

Eligibility Criteria

Artists are eligible if they submit art that was creating in the past 2-3 years and if it has not been featured in any other art show through the Cheyenne Frontier Days™ Old West Museum. Art may not be installation art or AI generated. Artists disqualified in years past are NOT eligible for this year's show.