Cottonwood Art Festival is a semi-annual event which features works from the
nation's top visual artists. Located in scenic Cottonwood Park in
Richardson, Texas (map),
this prestigious art show is now over 40 years old. Cottonwood takes place twice each year, on the first full weekend of May and the first full weekend of October. The next festival will take place on May 6 & 7, 2017.
Cottonwood Art Festival is a juried show. This year approximately 800
artists submitted their work for consideration. Jurors selected over 240
artists to exhibit their museum-quality work at the festival. The artists
competed in 14 categories: 2D Mixed Media, 3D Mixed Media, Ceramics,
Digital, Drawings/Pastels, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Leather, Metalwork,
Painting, Photography, Sculpture and Wood. A list of this year's artists can
be found on the
Event Artists page.
Cottonwood isn't just about the art, though. The festival also features
local bands who perform the best in rock, country, jazz, blues, swing and
folk. Be sure to check out the courtyard, where you can sit in the shade by
the lake and relax while you enjoy the music. Food and spirits are also
available in the courtyard.
ArtStop is the childrens' area at
Cottonwood. It features arts, crafts, and activities for children of all
ages. Visitors will have the opportunity to create a sculpture hat from
scrap, design a masterpiece in plaster, add to our enormous collage, or
practice sculpting clay. Don't miss this opportunity to explore your
Cottonwood is also home to the Emerging Artists program, which allows selected high school seniors to be part of the festival, display their work, and maybe even win the People's Choice award!
Whether you're shopping for art, listening to music, enjoying the
outdoors, or making art of your own, Cottonwood has something for you.