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