Visual Arts

Visual Arts is one of 10 artistic disciplines in YoungArts’ national competition. This discipline encompasses a broad range of fine art including multi-media and performance art. 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

Competition Eligibility

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

The strongest portfolios convey the artist’s ability to develop and materialize ideas while demonstrating a distinct vision.

Review the detailed requirements before applying. 

Ready to apply? The 2023 application closes October 14, 2022 at 11:59 PM ET.

Have Questions?

See our FAQ for answers to common questions about the competition and application. 


Want to know more about the YoungArts community and what it’s like to pursue a life in the arts? Ask an Artist. 

Tips and Testimonials from Winners and Guest Artists

Application tips | Loni Johnson, National Selection Panelist

Application tips | Yashua Klos & Leticia Bajuyo, National Selection Panelists

Tips for young artists | Daniel Arsham (1999 Visual Arts), Guest Artist

2023 Application Visual Arts Info Session

How did YoungArts impact your life? | Devin Caserta (2006 Visual Arts)

What did YoungArts do for you? | (2011 Visual Arts & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts)

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)