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Cowgirl Cathy Smith

Local Cowgirl Makes Hall

November 6, 2013, 12:00 am

Santa Fe artist Cathy A Smith was inducted this fall into the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas, along with a world-champion barrel racer and two others. The museum—which seeks to honor women “whose lives exemplify the courage, resilience, and independence that helped shape the American West”—gets about 400 nominees for the Hall of Fame every year. Smith says that since half the inductees are typically already dead when they make it to the list, she’s glad to be on it and still kicking.  She’s an Emmy-award winning costume designer whose work has appeared in dozens of Western films including Dances with Wolves, Comanche Moon and Geronimo. The South Dakota native is also accomplished at painting, bead and quillwork, and works as a historical consultant. Other notables on the list with a Santa Fe connection include painter Georgia O’Keeffe, photographer Laura Gilpin and potter Maria Martinez. (Julie Ann Grimm)


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