Young Art 2021 My World Our Planet exhibition logo IDMarch 26–May 9, 2021

Young Art 2021 presents inspiring and thought-provoking student works of art centered around the theme of the environment and sustainability. Kindergarten through twelfth grade students expressed innovation and creativity through artwork that conveys a sustainable message or sensitivity to the environment and passion for conserving natural resources, while taking inspiration from the Museum’s collection. The Young Art 2021 theme builds upon ongoing Museum sustainability efforts.

For over ninety years, The San Diego Museum of Art has celebrated the artistic talents of local youth with Young Art, a biennial juried exhibition. This tradition reflects the Museum’s commitment to education and community outreach and is a point of pride for participants, educators, and families. By highlighting the skill and vision of youth throughout the region and the educators who guide them during this challenging year, Young Art brings awareness to the importance of art education.

Congratulations to the artists selected for Young Art 2021: My World, Our Planet. Thank you to all of the students, educators, schools, and jurors for participating in the Young Art programs.



In addition to the works presented here, Young Art 2021: My World, Our Planet features virtual offerings and interactive activities, including family-friendly activities, a Young Art Outside the Frame walking/biking tour, and the below behind-the-scenes video.


This exhibition has free admission inside Gallery 14/15, located near the entrance to Panama 66.

Read the full Young Art 2021: My World, Our Planet exhibition label text in English and Spanish.


Young Art Outside the Frame

Artist Mensah Bey painting utility box as part of Young Art Outside the Frame

Young Art Outside the Frame brings student art from the Young Art 2021: My World, Our Planet exhibition into San Diego communities. This partnership between The San Diego Museum of Art, SDG&E, and Mindful Murals seeks to enliven public spaces and transform sometimes unsightly infrastructure into a canvas for public art. The Museum and Mindful Murals organized a diverse team of local artists to cover 25 SDG&E utility boxes with interpretations of select works of art by students featured in the exhibition. This initiative is an opportunity to reflect San Diego’s cultural diversity through the extraordinary, creative expressions by the county’s youth while also beautifying San Diego communities.

The Young Art Outside the Frame driving/biking tour encourages people to visit the utility box art installations, spurring foot traffic in local neighborhoods, fostering art appreciation, and bringing support to local businesses.

Thank you to SDG&E for sponsoring this addition to Young Art 2021.

Young Art Outside the Frame Biking/Driving Tour Map graphic

Learn more about the Young Art program.

Featured: Anjolie Ly, Grade 11, Westview High School. Plastic, Not Dinner. Painting. Young Art 2021.