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.    

Start early and stay late to enjoy the semi-annual Cottonwood Art Festival in Richardson, Texas.  Share your experience by tagging us on social media #CottonwoodArtFest and visit the website for more info:

SATURDAY, May 7, 2016

Ron Taylor & Darrin DeLatte
10:45 AM to 12:00 PM
photo of Ron Taylor and Darrin DeLatte

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.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Cottonwood Art Festival Returns to Draw Creatives of All Ages

The Richardson art scene will be filled with excitement October 3-4, when the semi-annual Cottonwood Art Festival – and more than 240 of the nation’s top artists – arrive at scenic Cottonwood Park, transforming it into a fine outdoor gallery. At the free, family-friendly event, you will find museum-quality ceramics, drawings, pastels, photographs, sculptures, paintings, jewelry and more – including an innovative ArtStop area for children.

A few of the local musicians include saxophonist David Carr, Jr.  His distinctive sound has been compared with legendary greats such as Grover Washington, Jr. and David Sanborn. Jason Elmore & Hoodoo Witch, an award-winning blues band, will also take the stage. Revolution 9, a new 60’s tribute band, will have the crowd reminiscing and dancing to nostalgic tunes from the past. Nine acts will perform top hits in the Lakeside Courtyard on the border of Cottonwood Lake. There,festival goers can also take respite in the shade by the lake, or enjoy food – funnel cakes, corndogs, and drinks like craft brews, margaritas, and wine from the beer garden.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Richardson’s Cottonwood Art Festival Hosts Exciting Musical Acts

Richardson’s Cottonwood Art Festival brings top musical talent to an event known as Texas’ premier art festival. The fall festival, to be held October 3-4, 2015 in Richardson’s Cottonwood Park, will also
feature local and regional musicians as they perform classic rock, pop, jazz, soul, and Latin favorites.

“Everyone comes to the festival for the beautiful art that is available for purchase, and they are delighted by the great entertainment they experience while they are here,” said Serri Ayers, director of Richardson’s Cottonwood Art Festival. “Our festivals become a great all-day event. You can shop, have something to eat, and relax in our courtyard with a refreshing beverage while listening to live music.”

Saturday October 3 performing artists include:
  • Matt Rogers (10–11 a.m.): This professional chapman stick artist is influenced by the classical greats.
  • J.R. Byrd (11:30–1p.m.): As an acoustic funk-pop singer and songwriter, he prides himself on creative lyrics.
  • David Carr, Jr. (1:30–3p.m.): This saxophonist has a distinctive sound, combining contemporary jazz with funk and R&B.
  • The Jason Lee McKinney Band (3:30-5p.m.): This southern rock band will have you jumping out of your seats to stomp your feet.
  • Jason Elmore & Hoodoo Witch (5:30-7p.m.): Jason is known as one of the best blues artists in the region.