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Spring is a very exciting time for Cottonwood Art Festival and a prestigious opportunity for those selected to be a part of this international award-winning fine art festival. The uniqueness of Cottonwood’s Emerging Artists program is that it is only available to high school seniors. 

Interested students are required to develop an art concept, an artist statement and produce images of their work. This package was submitted to their teacher for review and then sent in for jury to Cottonwood Art Festival.

By being accepted into this program students have the privilege of hanging your work at the Charles W. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts on the Mezzanine Gallery for the month of April, 2016.  It also gives them the opportunity to exhibit and sell their work at Cottonwood Art Festival on May 7 and 8.
A reception is given in their honor at the Eisemann Center with a presentation of awards and scholarship money.  This program only takes place in the spring and is proudly sponsored by Neighborhood Credit Union.


A reception was given in honor of our Emerging Artists, at which Neighborhood Credit Union graciously awarded scholarship money to our award winners!

Photo of Emerging Artists at reception
Drew Blalock, Yanjie Liu, Gilbert Gonzalez, Madoc Pierce, Hannah Wetterau, Isabella Fanucci, Trey Bauer & Lauren Dube

  • People's Choice Award - Lauren Dube, Richardson HS
  • Best of Show - Isabella Fanucci, JJ Pearce HS
  • 2nd Place - Madoc Pierce, Lake Highlands HS
  • 3rd Place - Trey Bauer, Lake Highlands HS
  • Honorable Mention - Gilbert Gonzalez, Lake Highlands HS
  • Honorable Mention - Hannah Wetterau, JJ Pearce HS

2016 Cottonwood Art Festival's Emerging Artists

JJ Pearce HS

Drew Blalock


Isabella Fanucci


Hannah Wetterau


Yanjie Liu



Richardson High School

Lauren Dube



Lake Highlands HS

Gilbert Gonzalez


Madoc Pierce


Trey Bauer



Media Note: for more information please contact Serri Ayers, Festival Director, Cottonwood Art Festival, City of Richardson, 972.744.4580 or serri.ayers@cor.gov.