Young Arkansas Artists highlights the remarkable talent, creativity and perspective of Arkansas students.
Each year, art teachers and instructors throughout Arkansas submit their students’ work, and a panel of art professionals selects works to be included in the exhibition. The Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition showcases artwork from kindergarten through high school in a wide range of mediums and techniques – from crayon and pastel to collage and sculpture.
Last year, the panel received 273 works submitted by 41 different schools in 24 cities across the state. The panel of art professionals selected 65 works – five per grade – for show in the exhibition. Guest juror Courtney Bradford, M.A., the Curator of Collections at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, selected a Best in Class and two Honorable Mention awards for each grade. Bradford also selected the recipients of the Mid-Southern Watercolorists Award for Achievement in Watercolor and Ray Smenner Award for Achievement in Painting. Members of the Arkansas Art Educators Association also selected one Teacher’s Choice award from each grade. Each winning artist’s school receives a monetary award to support its art program funded by Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

About the Juror

Courtney Bradford, M.A. is the Curator of Collections at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center. She earned a bachelor’s in Anthropology, African and African American Studies from the University of Arkansas, and a Master’s in Public History from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She has worked as an interpreter for the Historic Arkansas Museum, and most recently taught at UA Pulaski Technical College. Courtney is also a life-long lover of art.

Young Arkansas Artists Programs

Young Arkansas Artists Virtual Awards Ceremony & Family Festival
Saturday, May 15 at 11 a.m.
The Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts is proud to present an online version the long-standing Young Arkansas Artists program and exhibition. Artists of the 60th Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition and their families will gather – virtually – for an awards ceremony with remarks by Executive Director Victoria Ramirez and Guest Juror Courtney Bradford. After the ceremony, enjoy at-home art activities for the whole family on AMFA’s channel.


The 60th Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition supported by:

Isabel and John Ed Anthony
the Deer Family Joint Trust
in memory of
Mrs. Florence Deer
CES and Drew Kelso
Judy C Thompson Trust
Edafio Technology Partners

Awards supported by:

Arkansas Children’s Hospital
Mid-Southern Watercolorists

Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts programs are supported in part by:

Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts Foundation; Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts Board of Trustees; City of Little Rock; City of North Little Rock; Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau; and the Arkansas Arts Council, a division of Arkansas Heritage, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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