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Emerging Young Artists

The Emerging Young Artists (EYA) program celebrates the creativity and talent of young visual artists in the Saint Paul metro region. Each year, artists aged 12-18 in the Saint Paul or east metro area are invited to participate.

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A young woman stands in front of the COMPAS step and repeat to pose for a photo.

The EYA program provides young artists with valuable guidance from professional artists in the form of a gallery show opportunity and/or an artist residency focusing on visual arts experiences that are outside the normal visual arts curriculum. Residency focuses have included cast metal arts, Saori weaving, clay hand building, and more.

Selected artwork is showcased in a juried art show. During the selection process, professional artists review submissions and provide useful feedback to the emerging artists, many of whom also receive awards for their work. The emerging young artists selected for the show are featured in a public art show in the spring of each year.

Videos from Past EYA Exhibitions

Resources for Emerging Artists

​​Here is a video from COMPAS Teaching Artist Kelley Meister that offers instructions for how artists can photograph their artwork.

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COMPAS is an arts education nonprofit that puts creativity in the hands of Minnesotans, regardless of their age, background, or skills. Based in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metro area, COMPAS teaching artists deliver creative experiences and arts programming across Minnesota.

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.