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; culminating in a solo exhibition. 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

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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.

More programs with our Emerging Artist Resident!
Twined Basket Workshop


Participants created a beautiful and functional twined basket in the round and learned how to weave with round reed, begin with a star base, weave a spiral to form the walls, and finish the lip of the basket. 


Artist Talk with Sarita Westrup

Saturday, May 14

Recording coming soon 

Sarita Westrup is an artist and contemporary basket weaver originally from the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. Through the use of reed, cement, and woven sculptural techniques her work explores themes of tension, movement, and containment, joins and permeable space, and the bi-cultural aesthetics of her home.