Selected through a blind adjudication process conducted by an independent panel of highly accomplished artists, the winners represent the top 10 percent of applications. Of each year's winners, some are awarded for excellence in multiple disciplines at various levels. Winners are named Finalists, the organization’s highest honor, Honorable Mention and Merit winners.
Finalists have the opportunity to participate in National YoungArts Week in January. All award winners will join a 20,000-strong alumni community, made up of a rich network of peers, and be provided support and opportunities throughout their artistic careers.