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 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.

Want to know more about the YoungArts community and pursuing a career in the arts?

Complete the following form to find out if YoungArts is right for you. Submit questions about YoungArts programs, pursuing a career in the arts, the benefits of applying and your artistic discipline to receive an email response from a previous YoungArts award winner.

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)