Submissions Due: March 13-17, 2017

Exhibition: April 29 – May 28, 2017

Award Ceremony & Reception: May 20, 2017


The Hartford Youth Art Renaissance (HYAR) is an annual celebration of the artistic expression of students attending Hartford Public Schools. HYAR began as a community art contest in 1973. The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art has partnered with Hartford Public Schools for this event since 1980. Students from throughout the district in all grade levels submit work.

The exhibit occurs each spring allowing the public to view the talent of over 100 young Hartford artists. The exhibit culminates with an award ceremony and reception at the Wadsworth to honor all student-artists, their families, and art teachers.

An added feature, the High School Portfolio Awards, began in 2010. They are awarded to two Hartford high school students who have demonstrated exceptional creative talents in the exhibition’s portfolio division. These students receive scholarships to attend the Hartford Art School’s “Summer Portfolio Program,” a month-long experience of diverse studio course offerings and associated visits to the Wadsworth designed to further develop student portfolios for college admissions.



Contact Information:


Tracy Avicolli
Director of the Arts & Wellness


Kara Arnold
Curriculum Specialist –
ELA and Arts & Wellness