The suburbs get a little more gay friendly with this year’s announcement of Richardson’s major event, the Cottonwood Art Festival. Probably the city’s biggest attraction, the CAF happens twice a year with the first going down May 5–6 and generates a whopping $2 million-plus in sales.

This year’s list of jurors includes out gallery owner and director Kenneth Craighead of Craighead Green Gallery, as well as Diana Pollak, an LGBT ally who has served on the board of Youth First Texas.

Read the entire list of announced judges after the jump.

Kenneth Craighead has been acting director for the Craighead Green Gallery since its conception. Craighead has had the honor of being guest juror for many exhibitions for area colleges and private institutions. Most recently he was the juror for the Texas Visual Arts Association and reviewed over 300 works presented by area artists. Craighead also held a teaching position at Brookhaven Community College for three semesters where he taught a course on “Seeking Professional Representation.” He also has been involved with Emergency Artists Support League was formerly a member of the Uptown Business Association, is currently active with the Dragon Street Design Association and serves on the Dallas Art Dealers Association’s Edith Baker Art Scholarship committee.

Originally from Mexico City, Gabriel Dawe moved to Dallas, Texas, where he received an MFA in Arts and Technology at the University of Texas at Dallas. His work is centered in the exploration of textiles, aiming to examine the complicated construction of gender and identity in his native Mexico and attempting to subvert the notions of masculinity and machismo prevalent in the present day.

Greg Metz has exhibited artworks nationally and internationally in a variety of venues including: Grand Palace, Amsterdam, Koln Cathedral, Koln Germany, General Post Office, Dublin, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Washington National Mall, Dallas Museum of Art, San Antonio Art Museum, Arlington Art Museum and numerous public and private collections. Metz initiated an Artist Advisory Board at the Dallas Museum of Art. He was the lead artist on the initial prototype for the Dallas Master Plan’s ‘Percent for the Arts Program’ and later worked to establish Project Teamwork bringing art education into public schools through collaboration with the Dallas Museum of Art. He co-founded and chaired the Dallas Artist Research and Exhibition, a non-profit artist run organization whose mission was to show and support experimental artists and their research, which lead to his co-founding of the McKinney Avenue Co ntemporary, an alternative arts and performance center in Dallas.

Diana Pollak brings more than 30 years of nonprofit, marketing and public relations experience to her position at the Creative Arts Center of Dallas (CAC). A 2006-07 graduate of the Business Council for the Arts (BCA) Leadership Arts class, she came to the CAC in the summer of 2006. In just four years, she has been responsible for leading major facility renovations, increasing membership and class revenues, as well as hiring new sought-after instructors. She recently launched a purpose-driven advisory board for the Center. Her efforts have included several arts projects such as organizing a children’s art exhibit for The Family Place’s 10th Anniversary; serving on the steering committee for Childhood Revealed: Art Expressing Pain, Discovery Hope, a children’s art exhibit presented at NorthPark Center sponsored by the Meadows Foundation and the Mental Health Association of Dallas; and serving on The Busi ness Council for the Arts’ Artwork’s Committee. She has served on the boards of The Family Place, Jacob’s Ladder, The Pamela Blumenthal Children’s Mental Health Fund and Youth First Texas.