The founding fathers of the Cowboy Artists of America had a clear vision for the organization that endures today. The following objectives, created by Joe Beeler, Charlie Dye, John Hampton and George Phippen in 1965, define the organization then, now and as it continues into the future adhering to the objectives that follow:
A concise mission statement
In 2011, Active Members of the Cowboy Artists of America agreed upon a statement defining the Mission of the organization. It is not intended to replace the Objectives, but is a shorter, concise, modern title relatable across a broad audience. The organization gives equal weight to the Objectives and Mission.
To authentically preserve and perpetuate the culture of Western life in fine art.
To perpetuate the memory and culture of the Old West as typified by the late Frederic Remington, Charles Russell, and others;
To insure authentic representations of the life of the West, as it was and is;
To maintain standards of quality in contemporary Western art;
To help guide collectors of Western art;
To give mutual assistance in protection of artist’ rights;
To conduct a trail ride and campout in some locality of special interest once a year;
To hold an annual joint exhibition of the works of active members.