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Emerging Artists Program

In Association with……

Announcing The Drew Friedman Scholarship



Emerging artists are essential for the future of the fine arts world. The Westport Downton Merchants is enthused to announce the inauguration of an Emerging Artists Program, a part of our 46th Annual Fine Arts Festival weekend.

Up to 20 student artists from regional schools will be curated and accepted into a special exhibit and reception, with one juried artist receiving a $x,000 Scholarship from the Drew Friedman Foundation,

Starting Friday evening, July 19, a special tent adjacent to the transformed Westport Library and the Saugatuck River will feature our top juried student artists. A special reception in the brand new Westport Library Cafe will be held to announce and honor the recipient of the 2019 award, and to celebrate all the juried student artists.

The exhibit will remain up for the remainder of the weekend, encouraging the thousands of visitors to the Westport Fine Arts Festival and Westport Summer Book Sale to view.

Students will also be invited to professional artist reception the evening of Saturday, July 20th to meet and mingle with the artists.

Students enrolled in a Fine Arts curriculum can register now for curation and consideration for this opportunity by clicking the link below. Submissions will close on May 31, 2019. All categories of fine art will be considered. A live interview will likely be called for finalist