Emerging Artists

Combining Art & Education

The Emerging Artist program was created to recognize the talent of young local artists and to offer them the prospect of being a part of an international award-winning fine art festival. By being accepted into the program, visual art students have the privilege of displaying their work at the Charles W. Eisemann Center during the month of April and the rare and maybe first opportunity of selling their work, alongside Cottonwood’s slate of professional and renown artists. The knowledge they receive from this experience is invaluable and is a respectable introduction to a career in art.

Now in its fourteenth year, the program is an innovative and resourceful tool that mentors students in the art world. Students are encouraged to express themselves artistically and learn the process of exhibiting. The uniqueness of Cottonwood Art Festival’s Emerging Artists program is that it is only available to senior high school art students. Interested students are required to develop an art concept, an artist statement and produce images of their work. Their work in total is submitted to their teacher for review and then sent in for jury to the Cottonwood Art Festival.

Neighborhood Credit Union sponsors this outreach program; it is through their generosity that students are afforded an opportunity to exhibit not only at the Eisemann Center and sell their work at the Cottonwood Art Festival, but they are also given placement awards along with scholarship money towards their post-secondary education. 

For additional information on the Emerging Artist Program email kathleen.angelucci@cor.gov.

2020 Emerging Artist

Congratulations to the RISD Art Students who were selected as the 2020 Cottonwood Emerging Artists. The Emerging Artist Program was created to recognize the talent of young local artists and to offer them the prospect of being a part of an internationl award-winning fine art festival. Each student submitted five images to be judged for acceptance into this program. The submitted work would have then been framed and hung in the Eisemann Center for the month of April. These talented artists would also be invited to show and sell their work at Cottonwood Art Festival. However, due to the cancellation of Cottonwood Art Festival the Eisemann Center Exhibit and Reception have also been cancelled. The digital gallery below has been created to give the selected artists an opportunity to showcase their work. This artwork was reviewed by a panel of credited judges who determined the recipients of the following placement awards, along with scholarships sponsored by Neighborhood Credit Union:

Best of Show- Camille McCleary
Second Place – Hannah Thompson 
Third Place – Hannah Byers
Honorable Mention – Emma Brantley
Honorable Mention – Lily Martin

Thanks to Neighborhood Credit Union for supporting this wonderful program for over a decade.

People’s Choice Award

Additionally one artist was selected to recieve the People’s Choice Award, voted by you, our Festival fans and supporters. Voting took place over the course of two week online.

People’s Choice Award Receipient – Camille McCleary

Camille McCleary – Best of Show, People’s Choice Award

J.J. Pearce High School

 

Denise Ramos

J.J. Pearce High School

 

Emma Brantley – Honorable Mention

Richardson High School

 

Hannah Byers – Third Place

Richardson High School

 

Hannah Robertson

Lake Highlands High School

 

Hannah Thompson – Second Place

Richardson High School

 

Lilly Martin – Honorable Mention

Lake Highlands High School

 

Priscilla Hunt-Lambert

J.J. Pearce High School

 

Stephanie Huerta

Richardson High School

 

Stephanie Jones

J.J. Pearce High School

 

Zach Spraggins

Richardson High School