Visual Arts

Are you a 15-18 year old visual artist?

Artists who demonstrate personal vision and a willingness to take creative risks should apply in the Visual Arts discipline. Following a weeklong program of master classes with accomplished artists, winners exhibit their work to the public.



Why Apply

  • Win cash awards of up to $10,000, an alternative to scholarships to spend as you wish

  • Take master classes with accomplished artists such as Daniel Arsham, Olafur Eliasson, Roselee Goldberg, Diana Al Hadid, Jeff Koons, James Rosenquist, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Julian Schnabel, Mickalene Thomas and Carrie Mae Weems

  • Become eligible for nomination as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts

  • Receive a lifetime of mentoring and professional support with a rich network of peers

  • Connect to educational and artistic development opportunities

Am i eligible?

To apply to YoungArts, artists must be:

  • US citizens or have permanent resident status

  • 15-18 years of age or in grades 10-12 on December 1, 2016

Please also note that Finalists who have previously attended YoungArts Week are not eligible to apply in any discipline/category.  We encourage these artists to participate in alumni programming.  Please contact [email protected] to find out more.

How To Apply


Visual Arts applicants are required to submit a statement and a portfolio of 10 works. At least 5 of these works should reflect the same technique, theme or idea. All the requirements are listed in the downloadable PDF below.