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 the upcoming 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.

Young Art 2021 will feature several programs and interactive activities including family-friendly activities.


Submit Student Art to Young Art 2021

Information on how to submit student work is available through ArtCall. Digital submissions will be accepted from January 4–15, 2021.

We hope that you will consider submitting student work for the juried exhibition. Detailed Young Art information packets will be sent out early October and submissions will begin early January. Young Art submissions will be done online this year. We’ve made this shift for the ease of participating educators, enabling you to take a photo of the work and quickly submit it for jurying through a very simple website, instead of bringing it to the Museum physically.

Please email youngart@sdmart.org to subscribe to the email list.


Young Art SDG&E Utility Box Initiative

Image courtesy of Mindful Murals

Young Art 2021 participants will have the chance for their works of art to featured on utility boxes in and around Balboa Park and other San Diego neighborhoods.

A goal for SDG&E is to beautify San Diego by covering utility boxes with work by local artists. In partnership with SDG&E, the Museum is organizing an artist team to cover 25 utility boxes in and around Balboa Park and other San Diego neighborhoods. The featured artwork will draw from the Young Art 2021 exhibition and will feature recreations of select works by students in grades K-12 featured in the exhibition.

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


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.


Young Art 2021 is generously sponsored by

Featured: Elizabeth Vega, Grade 5, Hilltop Drive Elementary, O’Keeffe Inspired Chalk Pastel Adobe, Drawing, Young Art 2019.