Winners of the 2021 Young at Art Regional Youth Art Contest

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Winners of the 2021 Young at Art Regional Youth Art Contest

The three top prizes for Fenimore Art Museum’s Young at Art regional youth art contest were awarded Saturday, June 5 during a ceremony at the Museum.  The Grand Prize was given to Makenzie Sayers (Grade 12, Mount Markham CSD) for her painting Our Community. 

“Our Community was created in May.  It was a time in New York when few left their homes and the positive cases seemed to be getting closer to home,” said grand prize winner Makenzie Sayers.  “The shelf with jars illustrates the hoarding of non-perishable food items.  The jars themselves represent the feeling of being trapped and lonely in isolation.  Each jar tells a different story.”

Prize categories at the ceremony also included “Best Representation of the Theme,” awarded to Sara Hendley (Grade 10, Oneonta CSD) for her digital painting Community at Home and “Outstanding Work” awarded to Taylor Bushardt (Grade 11, Central Valley CSD) for her work titled What’s On My Mind.

These and works from other winners in the competition are on display at Fenimore Art Museum through June 26. They can also be seen online at

Young at Art is sponsored in part by Bank of Cooperstown, a unit of Wayne Bank; Ms. Susan Glaser and Mr. Roy Glaser; NYCM Insurance; and Stewart’s Holiday Match.


About Young at Art

Local students in grades 6-12 from Oneida, Herkimer, Otsego, and Delaware Counties were invited to participate in Fenimore Art Museum’s new, annual art competition.  Through Young at Art, students learn about art inspired by an annual theme–this year’s theme being community.  They then design their own works.  A panel of artists serve as judges for the contest and select artworks to comprise an exhibition, in addition to student recipients of special awards.

Young at Art! Inspired by Community presents a particular moment of shared experience.  In striving to represent community through color, shape, and form, regional youth worked toward a common goal.  These shared experiences form the basis of community.  We celebrate the students for further strengthening our community by sharing their artworks with us.


Left to right, front row: Sara Hendley, grade 10, Oneonta CSD, “Award for Best Representation of the Theme;” Taylor Bushardt, grade 11, Central Valley CSD, “Award for Outstanding Work;” and Makenzie Sayers, grade 12, Mount Markham CSD, “Grand Prize Award.” Second row: Nicole Southard, Community Office Manager, Bank of Cooperstown; Kelly Brooks, Personal Banker, Bank of Cooperstown; Robert Snyder, Vice President of Brand Management, NYCM Insurance; and Michelle Bosma, Manager of Youth Programs, Fenimore Art Museum.
The Grand Prize was awarded to Makenzie Sayers (Grade 12, Mount Markham CSD) for her painting Our Community.

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