Visual Arts

YoungArts has identified and launched the careers of many world-renowned visual artists. Considered one of the most vibrant and visually stimulating of the nine disciplines, Visual Arts generally garners the majority of applications. Finalists are selected by a panel of expert artists who are well respected and accomplished in their fields. They are intrigued by artists who are not just technically proficient but demonstrate a personal aesthetic that promises an original contribution to the visual arts. This helps to ensure a critical piece of YoungArts’ mission to ensure the future and vitality of the arts in America. This mission is achieved by indentifying the next generation of artists who will continue to push the envelope and inspire us with their imaginative artwork.

Students who are selected as Visual Arts finalists are technically strong but have a unique approach to even routine assignments. Their work is strong, original and independent. They have accomplished technique and consistency but also have original vision and energy that set their work apart from all the others.


The visual arts panelists will also determine recipients of Honorable Mention and Merit awards.

Notable Alumni

  • Doug Aitken, 1986Visual Artist
  • Hernan Bas, 1996Visual Artist
  • John Currin, 1980Visual Artist