Visual Arts includes a broad range of fine art including multi-media and performance art. The strongest portfolios convey the artist’s ability to develop and materialize ideas while demonstrating a distinct vision (if your work includes fashion, product, graphic design, or architecture please see the Design discipline).
Receive cash awards of up to $10,000
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
Connect to educational and artistic development opportunities
Am I Eligible
To apply to YoungArts, artists must be:
A citizen of the United States or permanent resident/green card recipient (copy of documentation is required in the application)
15-18 years of age or in grades 10-12 on December 1, 2017
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
Review the requirements in the category you want to apply in
Prepare the required submission materials
Complete the application on Acceptd, an online application tool
Pay the $35 application fee or get a fee waiver.
Fee waivers are available to qualified applicants, which will cover the entire cost of your application fee. To receive a fee waiver, you must upload required documentation (please see below). In order to successfully SUBMIT an application for review, these documents must be uploaded in the Payment section of the application prior to the October 13, 2017, 11:59pm EST deadline. NO EXCEPTIONS. One of the following documents is required for your fee to be waived:
An approved ACT or SAT testing fee waiver or NACAC College Application Fee waiver form.
Document that states you participate in the Federal Free or Reduced Price Lunch program (FRPL).
Document from a federal, state, or local program that aids students from low-income families (e.g., TRIO programs such as Upward Bound).
Letter from a teacher, guidance counselor or other school official stating that you qualify for and receive financial aid.
Click SUBMIT by the deadline.
hear from alumni & master artists
Daniel Arsham | Master Artist in Visual Arts
Devin Caserta | 2006 Winner in Visual Arts
Lee Heinemann | 2011 Winner in Visual Arts
select portfolios of winners
Lathan Vargason, 2012 and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts
Mark Fleuridor, 2015 and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts
Paloma Izquierdo, 2014 and U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts