Pigment International
3 min readMar 5, 2024

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Photo courtesy of Gary Comer Youth Center

Are you a budding Basquiat or a future Frida Kahlo? Do you dream in colors, shapes and rhymes? We’re thrilled to announce the inaugural Chicago Youth Art Challenge, inviting talented young artists from high schools across the Chicagoland area to showcase their creativity and passion for art!

Competition Details:


· Eligibility: High school students (grades 9–12) from the Chicago and Chicagoland area.

· Medium: All forms of visual art are welcome, including painting, drawing, sculpture, digital art, photography, and mixed media.

· Submission Guidelines: Each participant may submit three original artworks inspired by the theme.

· Submission Deadline: MARCH 29th, 2024

· Prizes: Exciting prizes will be awarded to the top three artworks, including cash prizes, art supplies, and recognition in local media, a chance to win a day in the life of an artist.

· Judging Panel: Our esteemed panel of judges consists of renowned local artists, art educators, and community leaders passionate about fostering young artistic talent.

· Exhibition: Selected artworks will be showcased in a special exhibition at We can the venue once confirmed for the public to admire and celebrate.

How to Participate:

· Register online here.

· Create your masterpiece inspired by the theme “Drifting on a Memory”.

· Submit a high-resolution photo or digital scan of your artwork along with a brief artist statement explaining your inspiration and creative process.

· Stay tuned for updates on our website and social media channels for announcements about finalists and exhibition details.

· This work can be new but not older than 1 year.

· Notification of your acceptance into the Competition will be completed on April 1st, 2024.

· The culminating event, which includes seminars conducted by The Four Arts Men, viewing and judging of the art work, and an awards ceremony will be held at The Study Hotel on Saturday, April 6 from noon — 6 pm.

· Delivery of the selected work will be April 5th between 5pm and 7pm at the Study Hotel at 1225 South 60th Street. Loading Dock. No artwork can be delivered through the Hotel Library.

About Us:

The Chicago Youth Art Challenge is organized by Pigment International and The Four Arts Men.

Pigment International is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting artists of color and fostering creativity among the local artist community.

The Four Arts Men is a collective of four local, yet world renowned artists based in Chicago, whose mission is to provide a platform for young artists to express themselves, connect with their peers, and inspire positive change through the power of art.

Contact Information:

For inquiries and more information, please contact us at .

Join us in celebrating the vibrant artistic talent of Chicago’s youth and let your creativity shine in the Chicago Youth Art Challenge 2024!



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