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63rd Young Arkansas Artists

May 11, 2024 – July 7, 2024

For over 60 years, the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts has highlighted the remarkable talent, creativity, and perspective of Arkansas students through the Young Arkansas Artists exhibition. This legacy program showcases artwork from kindergarten through high school in a wide range of media and technique.

The 63rd Young Arkansas Artists exhibition in 2024 will continue this tradition of supporting and recognizing the power of art education and art educators across the state.

Submissions will be accepted online from December 11, 2023, to February 11, 2024, via Call for Entry (CaFÉ). Educators will need to set up a free CaFÉ account to submit entries. Additional details on eligibility criteria and artwork requirements can be found in the application.

Awards

Five works per grade, totaling 65 works will be selected for the exhibition by a panel of Museum educators and faculty. The grand juror will then select one Best in Class and two Honorable Mention awards for each grade, along with one Mid-South Watercolorists Best in Show Watercolor Award. Each winning artist’s school or program receives a monetary award to support its art program.

Due to new gallery requirements, only artworks awarded Best in Class, Honorable Mention, or the Best in Show Watercolor Award will be requested for the on-site exhibition. However, all 65 selected artworks will be highlighted in a virtual gallery on the AMFA website.

Please plan to join us in a celebration of our young artists at the Young Arkansas Artists Award Ceremony and Exhibition Reception on Saturday, May 18, 2024. More details will be provided closer to the event.

  • Best in Class

    13 Best in Class winners will receive $350 for their school or program.

  • Honorable Mention

    26 Honorable Mention winners will receive $200 for their school or program.

  • Best in Show Watercolor Award

    1 Mid-Southern Watercolorists Best in Show Watercolor Award winner will receive $250 for their school or program.

About the Grand Juror

Jeannie Hulen

Professor Jeannie Hulen is the Studio Art Program Director in the School of Art at the University of Arkansas. Her past leadership roles have been Associate Dean in Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences from 2017-2023 and chair of the Department of Art.

During her administrative leadership, she stewarded historic gifts for the School of Art, including $120 million from the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation and over $72 million from the Windgate Charitable Foundation, for the establishment of an endowed world-class School of Art and new state of the art facilities.

Her first appointment at the University of Arkansas as a ceramics faculty member was in 2002. She received a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1995, and an MFA from Louisiana State University in 2000.

She has exhibited internationally, including many exhibitions in conjunction with the National Council for the Education of Ceramic Arts.

In 2009, she was a Resident Visiting Artist at the Tainan National University of The Arts in Tainan, Taiwan. She currently has ongoing research in West Africa following her 2018-2019 US Fulbright Scholar post at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana.

62nd Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition

Get inspired for this year's exhibition by exploring last year's winning artworks.

VIEW THE GALLERY

Sponsors

The 63rd Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition is supported the Alice L. Walton Foundation and Cindy and Greg Feltus for the Anne and Robert Hickman Foundation in memory of Laurie Hickman Cox.

The 63rd Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition awards are supported by Arkansas Children’s Hospital and the Alice L. Walton Foundation with additional support from Mid-Southern Watercolorists.

Redeemable coupons awarded to the 63rd Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition honorable mention and best in class winners are provided by BLICK Art Materials.