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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 Arts Fund at North Texas Community Foundation

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XXavier Carter

2024 Artist-in-Residence

Xxavier Edward Carter (b. 1986) was born in Dallas, Texas. Over 12 years of compulsory education, Xxavier attended 8 schools. The eldest child of professional athlete (Russell Carter) and saleswoman (Melody Missick), embodiment and communication were foundational to his upbringing as well as flexibility in new environments. Xxavier attended Stanford University on a football scholarship, receiving a BFA in Studio Art after studying Political Science and English. After 7 years of art world immersion Xxavier returned to Dallas to receive his MFA from Southern Methodist University, the alma mater of his father.

Xxavier was a recipient of the Arch and Anne Giles artist award from the Dallas Museum of Art in 2011. Xxavier was a fellow at the Yerba Buena Center for the arts in 2016. In 2020 the Nasher Sculpture Center acquired artwork from Xxavier followed by an acquisition by the Dallas Museum of Art in 2022. Xxavier is also a poet with several published novels, poetry books, and academic texts. Xxavier has been a part of residencies in Vietnam, South Korea, Spain, Morocco, Mexico, France, and England.


Xxavier has shown a commitment to the concepts of returns, community, ecology, humanity, abstraction, and poetry. His career has been established through travel and the intimate connections made through sharing his artwork and telling his story and the philosophies that have molded his practice. He is currently the Head Artist and Engineer of Goldfish Dreams, an artistic publication and production house based in Dallas, Texas.

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2023 Emerging Artist Resident

2022 Emerging Artist Resident

Sarita Westrup


Sarita Westrup 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!


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