ABOUT CEDARS UNION

Our Story:

In 2015 The Cedars Union was formed to create community work space and training opportunities for artists, featuring private and shared studio spaces with state-of-the-art facilities and tools. The Boedeker, a historic 50,000 square foot building, was purchased for the project, but due to its large scale, a proof-of-concept model was built in the space next door. This test space, the Annex, opened in August 2018 and began fulfilling the CU mission of providing tools and studio space for 15 studios artists, along with public programming. In 2019, The CU expanded its offerings by creating a Community Membership to serve artists unable to obtain a private workspace in the Annex. We will welcome a second cohort of studio artists into the Annex in Spring 2020, and our list of Community Members is ever-growing.

We are continually working towards an expansion in the Boedeker and are both eager and patient to announce more information on this project. Today the building houses our administrative offices and is used for special events and pop-up exhibitions.

About the Annex:

The 7,000 sq. ft. building hosts micro-studios, a common work space, tools, equipment, and classrooms for all members. Artists of all mediums work side by side in the custom studios, creating a collaborative and supportive community.


The CU has a comprehensive approach to helping emerging artists become financially successful. We have a team of experienced professionals with skills that are unique to this concept of arts, entrepreneurship, and business. Our programs equip emerging creatives with the business skills and acumen to thrive as working artists.

Our Mission:
The mission of the Cedars Union is to provide resources such as studios, tools, programs, and pro-bono services for creatives, foster a collaborative and supportive artist community, and advance the arts in North Texas.
Our Vision:

North Texas is a vibrant international art community where art is celebrated and artists thrive.

As much as art gives life to its patrons, it can provide for its creators.

Our Values:

Inspire collaboration between the community and the arts; be inclusive and diverse; uphold the highest standards; respect artists’ creative expression and protect their rights.

ABOUT CEDARS UNION

Our Story:

In 2015 The Cedars Union was formed to create community work space and training opportunities for artists, featuring private and shared studio spaces with state-of-the-art facilities and tools. The Boedeker, a historic 50,000 square foot building, was purchased for the project, but due to its large scale, a proof-of-concept model was built in the space next door. This test space, the Annex, opened in August 2018 and began fulfilling the CU mission of providing tools and studio space for 15 studios artists, along with public programming. In 2019, The CU expanded its offerings by creating a Community Membership to serve artists unable to obtain a private workspace in the Annex. We will welcome a second cohort of studio artists into the Annex in Spring 2020, and our list of Community Members is ever-growing.

We are continually working towards an expansion in the Boedeker and are both eager and patient to announce more information on this project. Today the building houses our administrative offices and is used for special events and pop-up exhibitions.

About the Annex:

The 7,000 sq. ft. building hosts micro-studios, a common work space, tools, equipment, and classrooms for all members. Artists of all mediums work side by side in the custom studios, creating a collaborative and supportive community.

The CU has a comprehensive approach to helping emerging artists become financially successful. We have a team of experienced professionals with skills that are unique to this concept of arts, entrepreneurship, and business. Our programs equip emerging creatives with the business skills and acumen to thrive as working artists.

Our Mission:
The mission of the Cedars Union is to provide resources such as studios, tools, programs, and pro-bono services for creatives, foster a collaborative and supportive artist community, and advance the arts in North Texas.
Our Vision:

North Texas is a vibrant international art community where art is celebrated and artists thrive.

As much as art gives life to its patrons, it can provide for its creators.

Our Values:

Inspire collaboration between the community and the arts; be inclusive and diverse; uphold the highest standards; respect artists’ creative expression and protect their rights.

The art community often lacks cohesion and a collective vision. Many artists are never able to be integrated and admired in the broader community. We seek to cultivate, integrate, and proliferate the work of artists of every background and style.

Meet the Team

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Matthew Bowdon

Executive Director and Co-Founder
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Rachel Stanfield

Deputy Director
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Adrienne Lichliter-Hines

Marketing and Programs Manager
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Betsy Lewis

Development Manager
Board of Directors:

Our Board of Directors provides support and guidance for the collaborative community and ensures the needs of the artists are met by upholding the standards and principles the non-profit was founded on. We are currently looking to expand the focus and directive of the board and are actively recruiting qualified members.

Dr. Diane Durant
Member

Harley Cozewith
Member

Jeffrey Sone
Member

Michael Heinlen
Chairman, Governance Committee

Kenneth Bowdon
Chairman

Megan Bowdon
Secretary

Jury:

The Cedars Union selects Studio Artists through a juried process. The Jury is comprised of five diverse jurors from the local creative community who are dedicated to building a thriving collaborative environment. Applications are reviewed in batches based on micro-studio vacancies and availabilities.

Lauren Cross
Juror

Rachel Rogerson
Juror

Jordan Roth
Juror

Sarah Blagden
Juror

Leslie Moody Castro
Juror

Ruben Nieto
Juror

Frequently Asked Questions

Artist Questions

Space Questions

Operational Questions