Young Art 2021: My World, Our Planet

On View March 26–May 9, 2021

The San Diego Museum of Art’s biennial student exhibition Young Art has the extraordinary distinction of being the longest running program in the history of the Museum: Young Art 2021 is the 46th celebration over a span of 90 years. Young Art is a juried exhibition that features the finest examples of artwork created by Kindergarten through 12th grade students in San Diego County.

The theme of Young Art 2021 exhibition is the environment and sustainability. Educators and students are encouraged to express innovation and creativity through artwork that conveys a sustainable message or feeling, not being harmful to the environment and depleting nature resources, while taking inspiration from the Museum’s permanent collection. The Young Art 2021 theme builds upon ongoing Museum sustainability efforts.

Young Art 2021 features several programs and interactive activities including family-friendly activities. See featured student works of art and programming on the Young Art 2021: My World, Our Planet exhibition webpage.


Young Art Outside the Frame

Picture of Mensah Bey painting an SDG&E utility box as part of Young Art Outside the Frame. Image courtesy of Mindful Murals

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 have 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 new addition to Young Art.

Young Art Outside the Frame Biking/Driving Tour Map Graphic

About Young Art at the Museum

Among the many art education initiatives at The San Diego Museum of Art, no program has as long a history as Young Art, the Museum’s biennial youth art exhibition. Young Art recognizes the talents of San Diego County K-12 students by highlighting the skill and vision of students and the art educators that guide them and bringing awareness to the importance of youth art education. Through its unique theme selection and accompanying program each exhibition year, Young Art provides participating students and educators the opportunity to explore their creativity.

See highlights from Young Art 2019: Breaking Traditions and Young Art 2021: My World, Our Planet.

Interested in Young Art?

Complete the below form and a member of the team will be in touch regarding Young Art at The San Diego Museum of Art.


Young Art 2021 is generously sponsored by the County of San Diego at the recommendation of Chairman Greg Cox, and the members of The San Diego Museum of Art.

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