77 Stars Were Born: YoungArts Miami Opening Exhibition

February 25, 2019

 © Photo Courtesy:  Nicolas Guillen 4th, 2019.  


Set the stage:  It was Oscar weekend, referencing “A Star is Born” had nothing to do with the highly touted Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper flick.  Rather, the stars of tomorrow were shimmering bright as far as the eye could see at YoungArts Miami’s Exhibition Opening on Friday, February 22, 2019 at the YoungArts Campus.  The event kicked-off a rigorous weeklong program for 77 selected artists representing the South-eastern region’s most gifted across disciplines including writing, multidisciplinary performance art, film, photography, design and visual arts.  After being thoroughly vetted through a three-stage process gauged by experts in their respective disciplines, a star is born indeed; just make it 77 to be exact!


Since its inception in 1981, The National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts), founded by Lin & Ted Arison, has served to recognize and foster the development of the best and brightest young artists from the United States between the ages of 15-18 or in grades 10-12.  The program serves to nurture both the educational and professional development and provides access to a vast network of both alums (see: See actress Viola Davis & visual artist Daniel Arsham to name a few) and well-renowned mentors (see: Wynton Marsalis & Frank Gehry, who need no introduction.)


 © Photo Courtesy:  Nicolas Guillen 4th, 2019.  

Attending the event was refreshing and inspirational -- it actually allowed me to reflect a bit on my own practice.  It is easy to become a bit jaded or bedraggled with regard to the “art scene” but thanks to these young artists, I was greatly reminded of the reasons that I pursued art in the first place.  It is beyond impressive to hear such young talent discuss their work, their messages and their attempts to utilize their particular mediums in a way to offer a reconciliation of identity, to relate to their familial dynamics, to establish a dialogue about race, or immigration or religion, to name a few.  The confidence and talents of the young artists is nothing short of astounding and there are certainly a number of young photographers on my “ones to watch list!” Kudos to mission that YoungArts embodies and as a friendly reminder, readers are encouraged to consider membership that supports the non-profit organization’s efforts  (contact membership@youngarts.org for more info.)   

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