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The WARA Concept

Front View of Craig Hone's Owl SculptureThe concept of the Western Art Rodeo Association is very simple if you are familiar with the PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association).

We hold a series of Online Competitions (art rodeos) throughout the year where artists compete (just like rodeos, only with art).

Artists enter a photo of their completed work.

The artwork entered is displayed and promoted. Credit is always given to the artist for their work.

All entries are eligible for inclusion in “Ace”.

The WARA Judging Staff selects the top 20 entries in each categories based on the Principles of Fine Art.

Craig Hone - Renowned Sculptor in Wood and Bronze MediumsThe top 20 places in each category are awarded points.

Points are accumulated at each art rodeo and posted in the World Standings. (Sounds like the PRCA, right?)

At the end of the Go Rounds, the top points earners are invited to compete for the title of World Champion at the World Finals..

World Champions receive a Championship Buckle, Prize Money from sponsors, inclusion in “Ace” and the title of World Champion Artist!

The Western Art Rodeo Association offers unparalleled promotion to Western Artists through a competition format, videos, social media marketing, live events, and “Ace” – the world’s only annual publication featuring the best Western Art.

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How do I get my artwork promoted?

That’s easy. We run a series of competitions every year called Art Rodeos. When you submit an entry into any Art Rodeo, you are promoted through the competition and you have the opportunity to qualify to be published in “Ace”.

What is "Ace"?

ACE - The Best Western Art“Ace” is the annual book published by the Western Art Rodeo Association.

The purpose of “Ace” and our singular agenda is the promotion of Western art and artists.

“Ace” will showcase the Best Western Art of 2018.  The artwork chosen for the annual publication will be selected from the entries into the WARA Online Western Art Rodeo Competitions. “Ace” will include the best Western Art entries from our 2017 and 2018 Online Western Art Rodeos.

“Ace” will not only promote the artists work, but will also serve as an invaluable resource book for artists, art directors, art buyers, publishers and agents world-wide. Copies of the book will be sent out gratis to selected locations throughout the world including galleries, country clubs, hotels and more with the intent of generating additional work and exposure for the artists selected for inclusion in the annual.  The publication will also be available for purchase online and in retail locations. “Ace” is all about facilitating opportunities for artists and growing the audience for Western Art.

The “excellence bar” continues to rise with every competition. The quality of artwork entered is the best in the world. The act of entering a WARA Western Art Rodeo does not guarantee inclusion in the book. Not everyone gets in, but everyone receives online promotion. The job of the WARA jury to make selections gets increasingly difficult. Not being selected is not a personal criticism of the artist, but having your work chosen by the judges is of significance.

What is an Art Rodeo?

An Art Rodeo is an Online Art Competition where completed works of art are displayed, promoted and judged based on the principles of fine art.

How does an Art Rodeo work?

It’s easy.

  • Artists enter a picture of a completed work into the Art Rodeo Competition.
  • Upon approval, every Entry is eligible for inclusion in “Ace”.
  • All entries are displayed in the event gallery and promoted through the WARA social media channels.
  • The public can view and vote on the artwork. (artists are encouraged to share links to their submissions)
  • TheWARA Judging Staff scores each entry on the Principles of Fine Art.
  • The top 8 entries in each category are awarded points towards competing in the World Championship Event.
  • The point totals are posted in the World Standings.

How many Art Rodeos per year?

See the Current Schedule

The top 20 artists with the most accumulated points in each category at the end of the circuit will qualify to compete for a World Title at the World Championship Event.

All events in 2018 are ONLINE ONLY.


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