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 2023 YoungArts application opens June 7, 2022.


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 2023 competition are listed in the downloadable PDF.

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)