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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, 2015.  It also gives them the opportunity to exhibit and sell their work at Cottonwood Art Festival on May 2 and 3.
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.

People's Choice Award

The People's Choice Award allows Cottonwood fans and patrons to vote for their favorite Emerging Artists! To place your vote, take a look at the artists below or check out their exhibits at the Eisemann Center's Green Mezzanine Gallery during April. Then, go to the bottom of this page and place your vote!

2015 Cottonwood Art Festival’s Emerging Artists

Lake Highlands High School

Alex Irwin
Artwork by Alex Irwin

Courtney MacDonald
Artwork by Courtney McDonald

Lynsey Strese
Artwork by Lynsey Strese

Rebecca Howland
Artwork by Rebecca Howland

Claire Pask
Artwork by Alex Pask

Richardson High School

Audrey Brown
Artwork by Audrey Brown

Siobhan O’Casey
Artwork by Siobhan O'Casey

Laney Lynn
Artwork by Laney Lynn

J.J. Pearce High School

Becky Groves
Artwork by Becky Groves


Vote here! Voting closes on Monday, April 20.

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.