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Schwardt named YoungArts finalist

Sharaya Schwardt of Villard is a National YoungArts Foundation finalist in visual arts. She attends California College of the Arts in Oakland, California.

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Of 687 winners from 46 states, 171 finalists from across the nation will come together for the 33rd annual YoungArts Week in Miami, Florida, Monday through Sunday, January 6-12.

During YoungArts Week, finalists will participate in a week of master classes and workshops with internationally renowned artists such as Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Irving Sandler, Rita Moreno, Andrew Rannells, Shelly Berg, Shalita Grant, Lourdes Lopez and Judith Hill.

Throughout the week, finalists’ work will be further adjudicated to determine additional award levels, including a monetary award of at least $1,000, with top‐level awardees receiving $10,000.

Students will also have the opportunity to share their work with the public through performances and film screenings at the New World Center and on the YoungArts campus; an art, design and photography exhibition in the YoungArts Gallery; writers’ readings in the Jewel Box; and a jazz combo performance at the 7th Floor Lounge.

YoungArts winners are designated into three categories: finalist, honorable mention and merit. They are selected through a blind adjudication process.

Winners receive a certificate of achievement, a recommendation letter, and the choice to be added to the YoungArts Student List Service (SLS).

The National YoungArts Foundation was established to identify and nurture the next generation of artists in the literary, performing, visual and design arts. It seeks to contribute to the cultural vitality of the nation by supporting the artistic development of talented young artists.

YoungArts provides these emerging artists with mentors, access to scholarships, national recognition and other opportunities throughout their careers.

For more information or to watch a live stream of YoungArts Week performances, visit