Emerging Artist

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 nineteenth 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 cottonwood@cor.gov.

2022 Emerging Artist

The 2022 Emerging Artist awards recipients are noted below next to their names. Congratulations to this year’s winners!

Aerowyn Ward

J.J. Pearce High School

Amanda Gallo – Honorable Mention Award Winner

J.J. Pearce High School

Audrey Wass

Richardson High School

Caroline Scott – 3rd Place Award Winner

Richardson High School

Cecilia Moldovan

Richardson High School

Emma Page – 2nd Place Award Winner

Richardson High School

Marguerite Parker

Richardson High School

Marsaili Santiago

Richardson High School

Melody Tran – Honorable Mention Award Winner

Richardson High School

Rachel Delfeld

J.J. Pearce High School

Summaiyah Karim – Best of Show & People’s Choice Award Winner

Richardson High School

Tasmuna Omar

Richardson High School