Master Artists - Visual Arts

YoungArts’ master artists are some of the most distinguished and accomplished artists in their fields. These master artists support YoungArts’ mission to cultivate and inspire the next generation of artists by graciously lending their time and expertise to work with YoungArts participants in each of our ten disciplines.  Spending time with these master artists in an intimate setting, YoungArts participants come away with inspiring and life-changing experiences.

YoungArts master artists serve in a wide variety of capacities: as discipline coordinators, national reviewers, selection panelists, master teachers, editors and curators.  These master artists, each at different points in their careers and with unique perspectives on their art form, represent the myriad of versions of what it means to be a successful artist, and have helped many students understand what it takes to make a career and find fulfillment in the arts.

SELECT MASTER ARTISTS IN VISUAL ARTS

Marina Abramović | Marina Abramović is celebrated as a pioneering practitioner of performance art, best known for her works that explore the physical limitations of the body, as well as the body’s potential as a vehicle to spiritual metamorphosis. Abramović presentations of her work include sound, video, photography, language, and sculpture in addition to her body as the central mediums of her work. She has exhibited her work at the Venice Biennale, where she won a Golden Lion award in 1997, and at Documenta in Kassel, the Whitney Biennial and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, Art Basel in Switzerland, and the Kumamoto Museum of Contemporary Art in Japan, among many other venues.

Derrick Adams Derrick Adams is a multidisciplinary New York-based artist whose practice focuses on the fragmentation and manipulation of structure and surface, exploring self- image and forward projection. A recipient of a 2009 Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, Derrick received his MFA from Columbia University and his BFA from Pratt Institute, and is a Skowhegan and Marie Walsh Sharpe alumnus. His exhibition and performance highlights include MoMA PS1, Brooklyn Museum of Art, PERFORMA, Studio Museum in Harlem, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and his work is part of the permanent collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Diana Al-Hadid | Diana Al-Hadid earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Sculpture) and Bachelor of Arts (Art History) from Kent State University, an Master of Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University, and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Her awards and honors include grants from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, United States Artists and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. Her work has been exhibited at MASS MoCA, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, UCLA Hammer Museum, Brooklyn Academy of Music and The Saatchi Gallery, among others.

Daniel Arsham | 1999 YoungArts winner in Visual Arts | Arsham challenges our perceptions of physical space through his sculpture, drawing and performance. He founded seminal artist-run spaces Placemaker and The House in Miami. Artistic collaborations include Merce Cunningham, Hedi Slimane and Snarkitecture. He is represented by Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Ron Mandos and OHWOW.

Robert Chambers | Robert Chambers ran the sculpture departments at New York University for a number of years and continued his teaching career at the University of Miami. His awards include the Nancy Graves Award and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award. Robert has work in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, Pérez Art Museum Miami and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami. 

Jeffrey Deitch | Curator, consultant, director of MOCA and founder of Deitch Projects, a gallery space known for producing ambitious projects by contemporary artists. Deitch was longtime advisor to several of the most important private collectors of modern/contemporary art, including the Dakis Joannou Collection Foundation in Athens. One seminal curatorial projects was Follows Fiction at the Castello di Rivoli, Torino.

Naomi Fisher | 1994 YoungArts winner in Visual Arts | Miami-born artist Naomi Fisher explores the chaotic opposition between nature and the structured forces of culture and civilization in her work. Her paintings, photographs and videos have been exhibited internationally in such venues as the Palais de Tokyo, Kemper Museum, Kunsthaus Baselland and the Deste Foundation. Fisher graduated summa cum laude with a BFA in Photography from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 1998. She is a co-founder of the artist-run gallery Bas Fisher Invitational (BFI) in Miami, Florida.

Luis Gispert | Luis Gispert's work has been included in the Whitney Biennial and has been exhibited internationally at galleries and museums including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Royal Academy in London, the Gagosian Gallery, Andrea Rosen Gallery, and Deitch Projects. He is represented by Mary Boone Gallery in New York, Rhona Hoffman Gallery in Chicago, and OHWOW Gallery in Los Angeles.

Brad Kahlhamer | Brad Kahlhamer is an artist whose work has been exhibited extensively in the United States as well as internationally. He was the recipient of the Joan Mitchell Award in 2006 and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award in painting in 2001. Kahlhamer is included in numerous public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Seattle Art Museum, Washington; the Denver Art Museum, Colorado; the Weatherspoon Art Museum, North Carolina; the Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin; the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas and the Hood Museum of Art, New Hampshire.

Jeff Koons | Jeff Koons is one of the world’s most influential artists. His work is the subject of a major exhibition organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art and his public sculptures, such as the monumental floral Puppy and Split-Rocker, have captivated audiences at Rockefeller Center New York, Chateau Versailles, the Papal Palace Avignon, and the Guggenheim Bilbao. Mr. Koons is an Officier of the Legion d’Honneur, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an Honorary Royal Academician, and holds honorary doctorates from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Corcoran College of Art and Design, Washington, D.C. 

José Parlá | José Parlá is a Brooklyn-based artist who is known for his paintings, architectural collaborations, sculpture and photography. His work has received critical acclaim and lies between the boundary of abstraction and calligraphy. While José works at various scales and with different mediums, he is publicly known for his permanent installations of large-scale paintings. These paintings are found within numerous notable institutions from The One World Trade Center in New York City, Barclays Center in Brooklyn, to the Hunt Library designed by architecture firm Snøhetta in Raleigh’s North Carolina State University. José has also recently participated in the 11th Havana Biennial, in Cuba in a vertically integrated project with French artist JR in their Wrinkles of the City, Havana project.  His work is in the collections of the British Museum, London; UK, Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York; Pola Art Museum, Japan; and The Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba. 

James Rosenquist | An acclaimed protagonist of the pop movement, Rosenquist's works are featured in the permanent collections of some of the world's most prestigious museums, including MoMA, the Musee d'Art Moderne, and the Art Gallery of Ontario, to name a few. Since his first early career retrospectives in 1972 organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Cologne, he has been the subject of gallery and museum exhibitions in the U.S. and internationally.

Jean Shin | 1990 YoungArts winner in Visual Arts | Jean Shin's solo exhibitions include the Smithsonian American Art Museum and The Museum of Modern Art. She has been commissioned to create permanent installations throughout New York City. Her honors include the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Architecture/Environmental Structures and Sculpture, and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant.

Franklin Sirmans | Franklin Sirmans is the Director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM). As a curator, writer and editor, Franklin has established himself as one of the leading voices in contemporary art. Before joining PAMM, he served as department head and curator of contemporary art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and is the former U.S. Editor of Flash Art and Editor-in-Chief of ArtAsiaPacific. Franklin is the 2007 recipient of the David C. Driskell Prize presented by the High Museum.

Carrie Mae Weems | Considered one of the most influential contemporary American artists, Carrie Mae Weems has developed a complex body of art over the last 30 years, employing photographs, text, fabric, audio, digital images, installation, and video. She is represented in public and private collections around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Museum of Modern Art, NY and Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Weems has received numerous awards, grants and fellowships including the prestigious Prix de Roma, The National Endowment of the Arts, a MacArthur “Genius” grant, and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award, among others. In 2012, she was presented with one of the first US Department of State’s Medals of Arts in recognition for her commitment to the State Department’s Art in Embassies program.

YoungArts would also like to thank our extraordinary group of discipline coordinators, national reviewers and selection panelists in the Visual Arts discipline.