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Emerging Artist Residency

With an emphasis on emerging practices, this program provides one artist with a non-residential studio space at Arts Fort Worth. This program aims to help practicing artists offset the cost of living by providing free studio space for a period of twelve months; $6,000 stipend for materials (paid in $500 monthly installments); studio visits with established regional artists, arts professionals and the media; all culminating in a solo exhibition. The Arts Fort Worth Emerging Artist Residency is made possible through with the generous support of the Donny Wiley Memorial Fund at North Texas Community Foundation

Claire Kennedy


Claire Kennedy (she/her) is a Fort Worth-based multidisciplinary artist from Cincinnati, Ohio. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts from the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati in 2018, and her Master of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting from the University of North Texas in 2022. She currently teaches undergraduate Foundations, Painting, and art history courses at University of North Texas and Texas Woman's University. In 2019, she founded Risen Shine Gallery, an online and outdoor space in which she curates work by local Texas artists. Claire is passionate about art education and is optimistic about continuing her career in teaching art at the college level. She looks forward to future possibilities with her studio practice, as she believes in conducting a process that is ever changing.

2022 Emerging Artist Resident

Sarita Westrup

Sarita Westrup is Arts Fort Worth's 2022 Emerging Artist in Residence! Sarita is a textile and sculpture artist who received her MFA in Fibers from the University of North Texas. Formerly the Textiles Studio Coordinator at the Penland School of Craft, Sarita’s sculptural basketry works are rooted in weaving techniques and bricolage and inspired by the Rio Grande Valley on the Texas-Mexico border where she was born and raised.

Read more about Sarita's solo exhibition The Tension of Connection.

For the past 60 years, Arts Fort Worth has helped launch and level-up artists and arts groups and, with your support, we can continue to grow and evolve to better promote, nurture, and support the arts in Fort Worth!


Learn how your support helps artists like these. 

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