Visual Arts

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 Arts discipline).

Visual Arts winner exhibiting her work | Visual Arts winner in a master class during YoungArts Miami

Are you a visual artist who is 15–18 years old or in grades 10–12?

The 2022 application is open June 22-October 15, 2021.


To be eligible, you must be able to answer ”Yes“ to these statements:

  • I am either a citizen of the United States, a permanent resident/green card recipient, or I can demonstrate that I am legally able to receive taxable income in the United States.  
  • I am in grades 10–12 or 15–18 years of age on December 1 of the year I am applying. 
  • If I’m selected as a Finalist, this would be my first time attending National YoungArts Week.

Application Requirements

All the requirements for the 2022 competition are listed in the downloadable PDF.

Ask a question – artist to artist

Want to know more about the YoungArts community and pursuing a career in the arts? Complete the following form and you’ll get insight from a previous YoungArts award winner about YoungArts programs, pursuing a career in the arts, the benefits of applying and your artistic discipline. You will receive a response via email.

For questions about the application process, requirements and eligibility, please check out our FAQs or email [email protected].

Hear from Winners and Guest Artists

Daniel Arsham (1999 Visual Arts), Guest Artist

Devin Caserta (2006 Visual Arts)

Lee Heinemann (2011 Visual Arts & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts)

Loni Johnson, National Selection Panelist

Yashua Klos & Leticia Bajuyo, National Selection Panelists

View select works from winners here.

YoungArts is unequivocally the thing that has made me realize the person I want to be, how I want my future to look, and the work I’ll have to put in to achieve that.”

— Njari Anderson (2019 Visual Arts & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts)