Submission Deadline: March 31, 2024
Selection Announcement: April 29, 2024

We are pleased to announce the return of our esteemed program, Young at Art! Regional Youth Art Contest. Through this program, middle and high school students in Central New York have the opportunity to participate in a juried exhibition at Fenimore Art Museum, to win valuable prizes, to meet mentors and peers in the field of fine arts, and more.

Young at Art! Regional Youth Art Contest serves regional youths in grades 6 – 12. We invite you and your students to join us as we explore this year’s theme, play, through a variety of media, including painting, drawing, photography, 2D art, graphic design, and sculpture.

New this year, we have expanded our program to include all schools within Oneida County. We look forward to meeting the teachers and students in this neighboring area, welcoming them to our “art hub” in Cooperstown and collaborating in this community-building, artmaking program.

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


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

Presentations to Young Artists

Two complimentary presentations will be offered this year, Experiencing Art and What is Art?  Presentations in the classroom will be offered February 5th—February 16th, 2024; Zoom presentations will be offered through March. Select your preferred topic and contact Michelle Bosma to schedule; or 607.547.1414.


Experiencing Art. Art uses its own language, including color, shape, and form. In this program, we will experience art in community, practice using vocabulary that describes our aesthetic experiences, and explore what our aesthetic sense teaches us about the world.

40 minutes; interactive.

NYS Standards 7.1, 7.2, 8.1, 9.1, 10.1, 11.1, 11.2


What is Art? introduces students to the cultural practices that shaped how art developed in the Western canon and how we might begin to think about art today.

40 minutes; interactive.

NYS Standards 7.1, 7.2, 8.1, 9.1, 10.1, 11.1, 11.2

Call for Submissions

Jr. Category: Grades 6—8

Sr. Category: Grades 9—12

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: Play

Save the Dates:

Submission deadline, 3/31/24
Selection Announcement, 4/29/24
Exhibition at Fenimore Art Museum, 5/24 – 7/21/24
Reception and Awards Ceremony, 6/8/24


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