EMERGING ARTISTS

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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 and college art students. 

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, 2014.  It also gives them the opportunity to exhibit and sell their work at Cottonwood Art Festival on May 3 and 4.
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.

Congratulations to this year's Emerging Artists:

photo of Emerging Artist Contest Winners

BEST OF SHOW: Stephanie Maldonado - Lake Highlands HS
2nd PLACE: Yunpeng ...Zhang - JJ Pearce HS
3rd PLACE: Clare Mills - JJ Pearce HS
HM: Lynette Sykora - Richardson HS

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD: Alex Clem - JJ Pearce HS

Also in Picture:
Gavin Nichols – Richardson Branch Manager, NCU
Kristin Armstrong – Director of Marketing, NCU
Sonia Krusleski - Art Teacher, RHS
Jason Young - Art Teacher, Lake Highlands HS

  • Alex Clem - J.J. Pearce High School - People's Choice Award
    art by Alex Clem art by Alex Clem art by Alex Clem
  • Clare Mills - J.J. Pearce High School - 3rd Place
    art by Clare Mills art by Clare Mills art by Clare Mills
  • Elissa Barone - Lake Highlands High School
    art by Elissa Barone art by Elissa Barone art by Elissa Barone
  • Erika Casales - J.J. Pearce High School
    art by Erika Casales art by Erika Casales art by Erika Casales
  • Lauren Spaulding - J.J. Pearce High School
    art by Lauren Spaulding art by Lauren Spaulding art by Lauren Spaulding
  • Lauren Toler - Berkner High School
    art by Lauren Toler art by Lauren Toler art by Lauren Toler
  • Lynette Sykora - Richardson High School - Honorable Mention
    art by Lynette Sykora art by Lynette Sykora art by Lynette Sykora
  • Melody Miller - J.J. Pearce High School
    art by Melody Miller art by Melody Miller art by Melody Miller
  • Renee Hooper - J.J. Pearce High School
    art by Renee Hooper art by Renee Hooper art by Renee Hooper
  • Stephanie Maldonado - Lake Highlands High School - Best of Show
    art by Stephanie Maldonado art by Stephanie Maldonado art by Stephanie Maldonado
  • Yunpeng Zhang - J.J. Pearce High School - 2nd Place
    art by Yunpeng Zhang art by Yunpeng Zhang art by Yunpeng Zhang

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.