How to Apply

Apply to participate in the Cottonwood Art Festival as an exhibiting artist.

Artist Host Hotel

Stay the night in Richardson at the official host hotel of Cottonwood.


Festival Rules & Proceedures

View festival rules and proceedures including booth details, check-in, etc.

Exhibiting Artist Application

Applications for the 2024 Fall Cottonwood Art Festival are now closed. Exhibiting Artist notifications will be sent by June 24, 2024.

Frequently Asked Questions for Zapplication:

Q: How do artists apply to events on ZAPP?
A: View the Applying to Events page for a step-by-step walkthrough of the application process.

Q: How do artists upload images?
A: Review the Uploading Images & Saving Statements page for specifications and a step-by-step guide for uploading images.

Q: What do the application statuses mean?
A: See our full Frequently Asked Questions to view explanations for each application status.

Q. How do artists purchase booths?
A: Artists can go to the ZAPP Shop once logged in to see available products for purchase or view the Purchasing Products guide.

Can’t find your question here?
Visit the ZAPP Help Center for more resources.

Application Fee

A non-refundable application and jury fee of $35 is required for each entry form/category submitted and payed through ZAPP.

Booth Fee

Single Booth Fee:  $475
Double Booth Fee:  $950 – Limited on a first-received basis.

Upon receipt of an acceptance, the selected artist is required to complete full payment through ZAPP.  Artist participation will not be confirmed until full payment is received.

Electricity Fee

Single Booth Electricity Fee:  $90
Double Electricity Fee:  $180

Electricity requirements must be requested and paid for prior to the Festival online (through ZAPP) at the time of acceptance.

Artist Host Hotel

Cottonwood partners with Courtyard Dallas Richardson at Spring Valley to provide a discount rate for participating artists.  

Location: 1000 South Sherman Street, Richardson, TX  75081 
Rate: $104.00 per night
Available discount dates: Thursday, May 2 – Monday, May 6
Last day to book: April 11

Visiting Artist Program

Cottonwood Art Festival invites you to participate in our Visiting Artist Program, designed to encourage school age children the opportunity to participate in the visual arts and interact with Cottonwood professional artist. Through this partnership with the Richardson Independent School District, students will gain valuable information, inspiration and encouragement from participating artist who have taken the time to share their passion and talent of the arts. For a young student who loves to draw it may be just what he or she needs to set them on a career path in art!

Participating artist receive additional perks such as front of the line passes for load-in and load-out, Cottonwood gift bag and our sincere appreciation. Cottonwood Art Festival is very grateful to all of the artists who have participated in this program and hope you will continue to support our efforts in art education by participating.

If you are interesting in visiting a classroom for a presentation or demonstration through the program,  email us at