Education & Scholarships

Education & Scholarships

Helping Artists Grow

The purpose of the Friends of Western Art is to expand appreciation and knowledge of Western Art through education. It is a natural fit for the Friends of Western Art to grant funding for youth art programs. FWA Board grants yearly support for scholarships and school art supply money connected with western art projects.

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We’ve been asked, “What are the subjects that you consider to be Western or Southwestern art?” The following is a list of subject matter along with resources that may be helpful:


Missions, ranch houses, mountain cabins, old buildings, farms, barns, adobe buildings, saloons, ghost towns, old Tucson Tile roofs, old gates and doors, rail fences, old walls, patios, corrals, bridges, old mine frames, windmills, arches, mail boxes, wells


Fountains, arbors, gates, pathways, walkways, garden walls, fences, umbrellas, wagons, carts Flowers, flower pots, bougainvillea, holly hocks, cacti.


Desert flowers, cactus flowers, saguaro, ocotillo, agave, yucca, cottonwoods, aspen, pines, palo verde, mesquite forests, chaparral Mountains, streams, rock formations, Petrified Forest, Painted Desert, Grand Canyon, Colorado River, Monument Valley, desert roads, sunsets, clouds, trains, railroad tracks, Sedona’s red cliffs.


Roadrunner, quail, wild turkey, buzzard, hawk, woodpecker, dove, cactus wren.


Buffalo, gila monster, mule, burro, antelope, cougar, deer, elk, jack rabbit, coyote, bob cat, badger, rattlesnake, cow, horse, desert fox, javelina, rooster.


Cowboy, cowgirl, Indian, Indian dancer, children in western dress.


Rodeo, rodeo parade, round-up, branding, calf roping, mercado, fiesta, Indian event.


Wagons, stage coaches, horse-drawn carriages.


Sonora Desert Museum, Sabino Canyon, Tumacacori Mission, San Xavier Mission, Tucson barrio, Sonoita, Patagonia, Picacho Peak, Tohono Chul Park, Tombstone, Catalina State Park, Railroad Museum, Arizona Historical Museum, old photos, Indian ruins, Mt. Lemmon.

Southwest MandalaCoyote sculptureKids wildlife sculptures

little girl looking at clay sculptures of turtle

CLICK HERE to fill out the Teacher Art Supply Grant Application


Educational Assistance For Southern Arizonans (South of Gila River)

  • Mentoring and guidance by local artists and teachers to assist budding artists.
  • Individual scholarships for academic institutions, art workshops, etc.
  • Financial assistance for individuals or groups.

*Please be advised there are three types of scholarships awarded by the FWA. Those for college or university students, those for an individual’s attendance at specific workshops/events and those for organizations.

CLICK HERE to fill out the Scholarship Application Form

Harley Brown Workshop

Honoring Tucson artist Harley Brown, the Friends of Western Art will present scholarships in his name to students from Southern Arizona to attend the workshops or classes.

CLICK HERE to fill out the Event or Workshop Application Form

CLICK HERE to fill out the Financial Assistance for a Business or Organization Application Form

The Aline Goodman Young Artists Awards Program at the Tucson Festival of Books

For 12 years, FWA has co-sponsored the Tucson Festival of Books Young Authors and Young Artists competition. We recognize 24 finalists - students from kindergarten through high school - in a special presentation at the Book Festival, and give them each a $100 gift card for art supplies.

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Promoting the Awareness of Art of the American West

Do you have an affinity and love for western art?
Please consider partnering with the Friends of Western Art by donating to our organization. Help us bring awareness to this style of creativity and continue to encourage others through our grants and scholarships.