AAF-Houston October 2015 Luncheon

Join us for this month's luncheon featuring...



Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

President and Chief Executive Officer

Joel Cowley


Joel Cowley was announced as the president and chief executive officer of the Houston

Livestock Show and Rodeo™ Monday, Aug. 5, 2013. Cowley joined the Show staff in

2005 as the executive director of agricultural competitions and exhibits.

In this role, he worked with approximately one third of the Show’s volunteer committees

while overseeing aspects of the livestock show, horse show, wine show and auctions.

Prior to joining the Show, Cowley worked for Certified Angus Beef LLC, the not-for-profit

division of the American Angus Association, where he began as executive account

manager in the international division and finished as assistant director of the

foodservice division. Before his employment with CAB, he was a faculty member at

Michigan State University, where he served as an extension beef cattle specialist. Prior

to that, he was employed by Texas A&M University as a lecturer and livestock judging

team coach.

An 11-year 4-H member in Wyoming and Colorado, Cowley was active in livestock

projects and a member of national champion 4-H wool judging and livestock judging

teams. He first attended the Houston Livestock Show™ as an intercollegiate judging

contestant in 1985 and has participated in every Show since 1988 as a coach, livestock

judge or employee.

Cowley holds a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Colorado State University, a

master’s in animal science from Texas A&M University and an MBA from Michigan

State University.

“I am very excited for the opportunity to be of greater service to such a tremendous

organization,” Cowley said. “Through the tireless efforts of volunteers and staff, and the

generous support of sponsors and donors, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is

able to fulfill its agricultural mission, entertain and educate guests, make a significant

contribution to the local economy, and assist Texas youth in accomplishing their

educational goals — I’m proud to be a part of it all.”




Tracy is going to sell several of her photographs at the luncheon and donating a percentage of the proceeds to the Houston Food Bank. Check back here soon for more details!



TRACY ANNE HART is perhaps best known for the widely published , exhibited and auctioned images of Texas Music legend Stevie Ray Vaughan who she had the privilege to photograph between 1983 and his untimely death in 1990. The prints have been shown in Austin, Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Los Angeles and Portland, Oregon, where Hart is represented by several Galleries that show her music, architectural, and nature photographs. Sony Music has used her work both in Cds (covers and inside booklets), Billboards and print ads, and the Stevie Ray Vaughan images have appeared on PBS, VH-1, on DVDs and many books, magazines, and charity auctions along with shots of the many other Musicians she has photographed since 1979. 

Hart is a second generation photographer and has co-owned The Heights Gallery in Houston (now an online gallery only) since 1984 with her late father, famous photographer Leonard M. Hart. She was born in Elgin, Illinois and moved to Texas in 1969 with her family. Since she began taking pictures, she has been fascinated with the geometric symmetry and beauty of her native state’s architecture, bridges, and industrial sites, and her adopted state’s incredible music and Hill Country landscapes. She particularly enjoys capturing the architectural images at night, when even mundane details become examples of abstract grace. Her love for shooting great musicians goes without saying. She has had many FotoFest shows from 1996 on including a 2006 FotoFest Show: “Afterimage,” which featured adaptively reused buildings and the spirits and souls that reside within. This show also focused on the music personalities who frequently visited those venues.  Hart’s Stevie Ray Vaughan Limited Edition Set debuted in 2007. The first Edition was sold to the House of Blues in Dallas, Texas. She also had shows at The Continental Club Gallery in Austin and at the Texas Folklife gallery. She worked with Austin band the ARC Angels on their CD/DVD package released late October 2009. Throughout 2012, 2013 and 2014 her images appeared in Premier Guitar, Guitar Player and Guitar World magazines in the USA and in Grand Gtrs and other magazines in Europe as well as online in a special Stevie Ray Vaughan Gallery, on Moab by Legion Paper’s website and blog, and in a Guitar World book on Vaughan. Many images have also been purchased by private collectors and businesses from Texas to Australia. She had images hung in Dallas in the Renaissance Hotel’s permanent collection. She will have two shows in Washington State and Oregon later in 2014.

Her work is currently represented by the online music gallery Rock Paper Photo (including special exhibits in conjunction with John Varvatos and a special project with American Express in winter 2013) and by www.theheightsgallery.com. She taught live Music Photography Workshops and did the front and back covers of the Stevie Ray Vaughan CD: The Fire Meets The Fury, and has images in the official Sony Music 30th anniversary edition of “Texas Flood”, as well as an installation of her music photography at a restaurant in Houston and currently at a Precision Camera store in Austin, Texas. She has a major article of her Stevie Ray Vaughan images and her writing in the second issue of the new Pure Guitar Magazine, and in late 2013 and 2014 she sold several prints of Vaughan to the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas as well as a third sale later to the Hard Rock Vancouver, BC. Her images are featured in a special exhibition on Stevie Ray Vaughan at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles through 2015 and in the collection of Michael Zilkha. Her images are a part of the Sony display at PhotoPlus Expo Fall 2014, and she is featured in the Winter 2014 Music Issue of Oxford American Magazine as well as Relix and Guitar Player online and Austin Monthly. In April 2015, she will have her work included in the induction ceremony for the 2015 inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She is currently working on publishing a book of her images of Vaughan.


October 21, 2015 | 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The Junior League of Houston
1811 Briar Oaks Lane, Houston, TX 77027
$35 AAF Members | $45 Non-members | Walk-in fee: $10 additional
For reservations, contact the AAF-Houston office at: 713-237-9999 or visit aaf-houston.org

Speaker: Joel Cowley
Speaker Joel Cowley

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo President and CEO

Organizer AAF-Houston


Wed, Oct. 21, 2015
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central

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Junior League
1811 Briar Oaks Lane
Houston, Houston 77027
United States