Monday, May 2, 2016


First come first serve and lottery systems are known methods for assigning booths, but Cottonwood Art Festival is a juried show with good reason. What is a juried show and how is it different from other art festivals? Juried competitions, have since the dawn of digital, afforded artists around the world opportunities to compete for inclusion in prestigious shows such as Cottonwood Art Festival. The City of Richardson sponsors the semi-annual show and knows exactly how many 13' x 13' size booths will fit into the meticulously designed layout within Cottonwood Park.  The map shows an average of 240 booths carefully drawn to represent the prime real estate that artists desire to occupy for a busy 48 hours every May and October. 
Artist applications are accepted online twice a year through ZAPP and up to five (5) images may be submitted to represent the brand. This year jurors reviewed artwork and collections from approximately 750 artists. The coveted artist slots are narrowed through a competitive jury process where each artist is scored by jury members on a scale of yes-no-maybe in the first round, creating a ranked group of artists in each category deemed qualified to advance to the second round. The scoring for the second round is a ranked 1 - 7 number scale. There is a third and final round that encourages discussion.  Jurors have the choice of revising their scores and final scores are then recorded. 
The top scorers in each category receive an invitation to the show. An additional number of artists are retained

Wednesday, April 27, 2016


D Magazine music contributor Alex Macon wrote an article on March 30, 2016 titled "How To See A Dozen Free Concerts In Dallas This Spring." The mention gives a shout-out to us because we offer the public free admission, free parking, and live music all weekend.  

D Magazine
"Local bands, including the Stevie Ray Vaughan tribute Texas Flood,  get to shine at the Cottonwood Art Festival." - D Magazine

May 7-8, 2016 Cottonwood Art Festival will additionally include the following musicians and bands as detailed below.  Seating and tables surround the stage area and are centrally located to the beer garden, food trucks, and of course the 240 Artists spread out across Cottonwood Park.    

Monday, April 25, 2016


Cottonwood Art Festival is a semi-annual juried show, and among the 240 artists selected to participate only one is chosen as the featured artist.  “Pretty Bird” by artist Kristin DeSantis was recently announced as the crested crow to represent the Spring show being held May 7-8 at Cottonwood Park. 

Elongated talons and eyelashes intentionally convey the personality of “Pretty Bird” and DeSantis explains, “she is a sexy, slightly demure princess.”  Weighing nearly 15 pounds, the custom piece is hand sculpted from thick aluminum sheets and measures 40” high, 33” wide, and 15” deep. 

“I love crows, they watch me work outside.  The design is my interpretation of a female crow with an attitude.”

The design and creation of this contemporary piece required approximately six weeks of metal cutting with a plasma torch, welding, carving and hand staining layers of oil paints.  This year DeSantis will showcase her collections at 10 art shows across the country including Cottonwood Art Festival.  “Pretty Bird” will be on display and is available for purchase at a price of $3,000. 

“There are many great artists showing at Cottonwood Art Festival and being the Featured Artist, to me, is a well-deserved ‘feather in my cap.’  I am very honored and excited.”  Kristin DeSantis

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Feast for the Senses: Cottonwood Art Festival Melds Food, Music and Art

Museum-quality art works from more than 240 visual artists from across the nation are the big lure to the prestigious Cottonwood Art Festival, but a mix in live music, fresh food, a children’s ArtStop creative area, homegrown craft beer, cocktails and wine will also be available to enjoy while taking in the sights or listening to the live music.

At the new craft beer garden in Lakeside Courtyard, you will find a lineup of local brews: choose
from Deep Ellum Blonde, Revolver Blood and Honey, Lakewood Lager, Grapevine’s Sir Williams, and other great local craft beer. Head here, too, for the ever-popular Mimosa Mornings - when handcrafted mimosas are paired with breakfast tacos. Also served for your enjoyment throughout the day are freshly made margaritas and glasses of wine.

There are plenty of culinary offerings with which to pair beverages. Revel in scallops and shrimp
from Big Shucks Oyster Bar. Nod to the Lone Star State with barbeque from award-winning Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse or wild game (smoked buffalo brat, anyone?) from The Texas Pitstops.

Festival fare can be found at Conway’s Corndogs, which will serve up fresh-squeezed lemonade, funnel cakes, smoothies and, you guessed it, corndogs. Shaved ice from Kona Ice, coffee creations from Wound Up! CafĂ©, Marble Slab Creamery ice cream and warm mozzarella and cinnamon  pretzels from Texas Twist are on the menu, too.