Young Art

Young Art 2019: Breaking Traditions

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. Now in its 44th year, 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 this year’s Young Art exhibition is Breaking Traditions, taking inspiration from the Museum’s collection of Art of the 20th Century.  Educators and students are encouraged to express innovation and creativity through the use of color, line and shape, while considering the important changes that occurred in the 20th Century that broke with traditional ideas of what art should look like. Student works submitted for consideration should be inspired by the Museum’s permanent collection of Art of the 20th Century masterpieces, ranging from (but not limited to) Abstraction, Cubism and Surrealism.

Young Art 2019 will be accompanied by several programs and interactive activities including a student-led exhibition tour and family-friendly activities.

Please note: Docent-led K-12 school tours include free admission for students, teachers and chaperones. Please visit the link provided for more information.

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 via a very simple website instead of bringing it to the Museum physically.

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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 it’s 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 2017: Beyond the Ordinary.

Camryn Melendez, Grade 11, Westview High School, Apricot Sunrise, Drawing.