April 2024

Brushstrokes: Monthly updates and happenings from the Forrest and Virginia Green Mezzanine Gallery

Cottonwood Art Festival

is proud to present

Emerging Artists Exhibit

April 3 - April 28, 2024

Greetings from the Eisemann Center!

Thank you for subscribing to our monthly Visual Arts Newsletter, Brushstrokes. We hope you find it informative and inviting. The Forrest and Virginia Green Mezzanine Gallery is free to view and open daily to the public. Located in the heart of Galatyn Parkway, and steps from the DART rail, our monthly art installation is not something you want to miss. For more information on Visual/Public Art at the Eisemann Center, exhibit schedule, and all information for those wanting to exhibit their work, click here.

Photograph of an old cathedral at sunset

Photograph by Ricardo Flores

For the month of April, the Eisemann Center welcomes this year’s Cottonwood Art Festival’s Emerging Artists! Each year, the international award-winning fine art festival offers a unique experience for local, hand-selected Senior High School age artists. The Emerging Artist Program gives students the opportunity to exhibit their work at the Eisemann Center, sell their work at the Cottonwood Art Festival alongside professional and renowned artists, and earn placement awards and scholarship money for their continued education. The program was created to recognize the talent of young artists in our community and grant them a respectable introduction to the industry, giving them a taste of the experience of a career artist.

In this combination of art and education, students are encouraged to express and push themselves creatively and learn the process of exhibiting. Interested students must submit a formal application, an artist statement, and produce images of their work to be reviewed by a jury of professionals. Only ten students were selected.

This year’s Emerging Artists:

- From Richardson High School: Ayianna Wooten, Erin Glasscock, and Rachel Cadena

-From J.J. Pearce High School: Elia Villasenor, Kate Dawson, Luisa Lara, and Olivia Ober

-From Lake Highlands High School: Max Young and Sophia Hufstedler

-From Berkner High School: Ricardo Flores

You can vote for your favorite artist for the People's Choice award here: Emerging Artist | Cottonwood Art Festival

The Cottonwood Art Festival will be taking place May 4 & 5 at Cottonwood Park, located at 1321 W. Beltline Rd. in Richardson, Texas. For more information about the festival, please visit CottonwoodArtFestival.com.

Gallery Views

Digital Graphic of an oil-covered pelican in a polluted river

Digital Graphic by Rachel Cadena

Portrait of a girl looking back over her shoulder surrounded by hand-written text about grief

Drawing by Sophia Hufstedler

First Fridays

The first Friday of every month from 6-8 pm, we host a reception to celebrate the newest exhibition displayed in the Green-Mezzanine Gallery located on the second floor of the Eisemann Center lobby. This event is free and open to the public! Light bites will be provided as you view the artwork in fellowship with other locals who appreciate visual arts.

First Fridays Graphic

Upcoming Exhibits

Richardson Civic Arts Society 
58th Annual Juried Exhibition & Sale
May 1 - May 25, 2024

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Artists wanting to be considered for the exhibit can find details at the Eisemann Center website:


Hours: 10 am - 6 pm Monday through Saturday and during all public events

 2351 Performance Dr. • Richardson, TX 75082