DEADLINE EXTENDED to Monday, April 17, 2023.

Fenimore Art Museum wants to showcase the young, emerging artists of the region through a contest and exhibition each year in which winning middle and high school students have their artwork exhibited in the museum’s Community Gallery for an audience of thousands!

Young at Art! Regional Youth Art Contest will serve regional youth in grades 6 – 12. We invite young artists to join us as we explore this year’s theme, identity, through a variety of media, including painting, drawing, photography, 2D art, graphic design, and sculpture. Works should be submitted to the contest by Monday, April 17, 2023.

10 art kits containing oil, acrylic, and watercolor paints, oil pastels, colored pencils, brushes, and more will be awarded to the best work of art in each of the five media categories in both the Junior and Senior divisions. $250 will be awarded to the Grand Prize Winner. $150 will be awarded for the Best Representation of the Theme. $200 will be awarded to one class or school with an outstanding number of participating students. Winning artworks will be included in a special exhibition at Fenimore Art Museum from May 27th, 2023 – July 23rd, 2023.

Please feel encouraged to contact Michelle Bosma, Manager of Youth Programs, to learn more about participating in Young at Art!

Michelle Bosma
Manager of Youth Programs
(607) 547-1414

See our 2022 exhibition catalogue (pdf, 3.6mb)

Sponsored in part by Bank of Cooperstown, the Black Family Foundation, NYCM Insurance, and  Stewart’s Shops .

Call for Submissions

Jr. Category: Grades 6—8

Sr. Category: Grades 9—12

Eligible Participants:  Young artists in Delaware, Otsego, and Herkimer Counties,
from the Utica City School District, and from the Oneida Nation

Media Categories:

  1. Drawing (pen and ink/charcoal/pencil)
  2. Painting (oil/acrylic/watercolor/gouache)
  3. Photography
  4. 2D Mixed Media (printmaking/collage/digital art)
  5. 3D Art (pottery/sculpture)

Theme: Identity

Save the Dates:
Submission deadline: 3/31/23
Announcement of winners: 4/28/23
Awards Ceremony: 6/10/23
Exhibition at Fenimore Art Museum: 5/27/23—7/23/23


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