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.
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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.
Fee waivers are available to qualified applicants. This means, if you qualify, your entire application fee(s) will be waived and you will not have to pay. To receive a fee waiver, you must upload documentation of need (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 14, 2016, 11:59pm EST deadline. NO EXCEPTIONS.
One of the following documents may be uploaded for a fee waiver:
ACT or SAT testing fee waiver or NACAC College Application Fee waiver form.
Document that states you receive 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 school teacher, guidance counselor or other school official stating that you qualify for financial aid.
If you need further clarification regarding this process, you may write to [email protected] no later than Wednesday, October 5, 2016.
Click SUBMIT by October 14, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST
hear from winners & panelists
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
Tyler Brunner, 2016
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.