General Info

Cottonwood Art Festival was featured in an article on Richardson, Texas in the April 2014 issue of Southwest Airline's Spirit Magazine! (Flip to the next page to see our full-page ad!)

The festival is Saturday, May 3, 10 AM to 7 PM, and Sunday, May 4, 10 AM to 5 PM. Cottonwood Park is located at 1321 W. Belt Line Road, one block east of Coit Road in Richardson, TX. Parking and admission are free. The artists’ works are available for purchase, as are food and beverages, and some children’s events require a fee.

Now in its 45th year, the semi-annual Cottonwood Art Festival is a juried show. Jurors have selected over 240 artists from 1,400 submissions to exhibit their museum-quality work at the festival. The artists compete in 14 categories: 2D Mixed Media, 3D Mixed Media, Ceramics, Digital, Drawings/Pastels, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Leather, Metalwork, Painting, Photography, Sculpture and Wood. Rated as one of the top art festivals in the United States, the prestigious show is the premier fine art event in North Texas.

Cottonwood Art Festival is more than just the art. The festival also features top local bands performing the best in rock, country, jazz, blues, swing and folk. Check out the courtyard, sit in the shade by the lake, relax and enjoy the music. Spirits are also available in the courtyard.

Click here for map and directions.
Click here for a map of Cottonwood Park. 

photo of Best of Show winner Stephanie Maldonado

Congratulations to our Emerging Artists

The Emerging Artists program has been a vital part of the spring Cottonwood Art Festival for the past eight years. Richardson-area art students selected for this honor receive scholarships and awards,as well as a chance to display their work. Artwork from the student finalists is showing at the Eisemann Center’s Forrest & Virginia Green Mezzanine-Gallery through April 28. These artworks will also be available for sale during Cottonwood Art Festival.

Sponsored by Neighborhood Credit Union, the Emerging Artists program is designed to mentor students in the art world. Art teachers encourage their students to express themselves artistically and learn how to exhibit their work. Neighborhood Credit Union awarded scholarships and prize ribbons at a reception honoring these talented students on Thursday, April 10, at the Eisemann Center. 2014 "Best of Show" went to Lake Highlands High School student Stephanie Maldonado; for a complete list of winners and a look at the students' artworks, please visit our Emerging Artists page.