Art Show


Stamford Art Show

Stamford Art Foundation’s annual Art Show and Sale, the oldest continuously held show and sale in Texas and the third oldest of its kind in the U.S., is a four day visual celebration of our Western heritage, featuring scenes of the American West and of West Texas through original oil, watercolor, acrylic, mixed media, pastel and pencil paintings and drawings, and sculptures.

In 2023, the Art Foundation celebrates its 50th year of holding the Art Show and Sale. In 2017, the Art Foundation Show & Sale was named the Western Art Show Capital of Texas by the Texas Legislature.

The show is held in conjunction with the Texas Cowboy Reunion, a continuous tribute to the American West and its way of life.

We trust your visit to the exhibit and to the greatest amateur rodeo in the world will impart a feeling for the heritage of which we are proud.

John Selmon Memorial Gallery

The John Selmon Memorial Gallery is named for longtime SMS cowboy John “Scandalous John” Selmon who symbolized the Old West and its customs.  He was a cowboy – first, foremost and completely.  He was the kind of man reflected by the art exhibited in the gallery that carries his name.

Born in 1884, Selmon dedicated 52 years of his life to the SMS and the life he loved.  He was ranch foreman and arena director of the Texas Cowboy Reunion from the rodeo’s beginning in 1930 and holding that position for nearly 40 years.  He portrayed the characteristics of the West: honesty, hard work and simplicity.

The art featured in the gallery captures the many facets of his life and of the West. His spirit lives in the art and in the action in the TCR arena.

John Selmon

2023 Stamford Art Show Gallery Hours

The Gallery is open during the Texas Cowboy Reunion:

June 28, 29, 30, and July 1, 2023.

Gallery hours are 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

2023 Participating Artists

Gary Bailey

Bill Barrick*

Lyndy Benson

Gayle Bone

George Boutwell*

Susan Brooke*

Anthony Brown

Pam Bunch

Kellie Campbell

Mary Cardwell

D. Childress

Jack Chisholm

Alexis Cowan Willibey

Joan Frost Prine*

David Godfrey*

Mary Haan

Jack Harkins*

Becky Hicks

Laurie Ketchum

Melissa Kohout*

George Kovach

Jack Moss*

Robert Penny*

Paul Ruiz

Linda Rust

Paul Cameron Smith*

Pete Spano*

Herman Walker

Gary Ward*

Burl Washington

Leslie Jo Wheaton

K.W. Whitley

*Participating in the Quick Draw

painting with frame


“Chinie in Winter: 

David A. Halbach 

36” x 28” 

Drawing held July 1 during final rodeo performance 

Must be 18 years old or older 

Donated in memory of Jim and Nancy West