Youth Art Competition & Exhibit

This is a platform for the artists of tomorrow to showcase their talents. You can be sure these emerging artists, grades 6–12, will be bringing their “A” game.

Location: Broward County Main Library, Gallery 6, 100 South Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Gallery Hours: Mon. & Wed., 12pm-8pm; Tue., Thurs. Fri. & Sat., 10–6pm. Closed Sun.

Criteria for This Exhibit: Students grades 68 and 912. Open subject, medium, and style for 2D, 3D, and jewelry. Maximum size in height or width is 60”. Artwork cannot have been shown at Gallery Six previously for any organization.

Free Opening Reception: Wednesday, November 15, 2023 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm. Join us to cast a ballot for the People’s Choice award!

Exhibit Run Dates: November 2 – 28, 2023

Entry Deadline: Wednesday, October 25, 2023. (Extended)

Artist Intake: Wednesday, November 1, 2023 from 4:00 – 7:00.

Artist Pickup: Wednesday, November 29, 2023 from 4:00 – 7:00pm.

Maritza BensonAbout the Judge, Maritza Benson

Ms. Benson holds a degree in Art from Florida Atlantic University. Maritza has been an interior designer and creates handmade jewelry and performs as an aerial artist. She served as Curator and Program Manager for ArtServe and Curator/Community Engagement Coordinator at Studio 18 in the Pines.
As a curator she loves the challenge of creating a dynamic exhibition. She is looking for artwork that inspires perspectives, evoke emotions and provokes thought, offering a meaningful experience to the viewer.
“I have learned that you must follow your passion in life and listen to your heart for it will guide you down the path to fulfillment.” Maritza asks myself ‘how can I help the artists?’.

Entries for this exhibit are limited to 2 per artist. Jewelry artists can enter three pieces of a coordinated set as one entry (example: necklace with matching earrings). ALL WILL BE ACCEPTED.


This venue will not display works containing sexual themes, profanity, overly political, nor religious statements that may be deemed offensive. Works should be for family viewing.

This venue displays 3-D works in closed cases that have a 21″ height and 18″ wide maximum. Please take this into consideration if entering 3-D works