21 Under 31 | September 2009

This year marks the tenth anniversary of our popular annual spotlight on emerging artists. In celebration, we conducted our biggest search for talent to date, inviting all artists under 31 across the country to enter the contest. The entries we received were truly impressive, and our editors spent many days narrowing them down to just 21 winners—first, second, and third places, and 18 honorable mentions. Some of the artists you’ll meet on the following pages have already won awards and have gallery representation; others are just starting out. All of them are talented artists who, we believe, are on track for promising careers in the art world.

Nobuhito Tanaka– 1st Place
Kyle Stuckey – 2nd Place
Ranjini Venkatachari– 3rd Place

Honorable Mentions:
Nadia Kasko
Katie Swatland
Kara Schmidt
Jonathan Laidacker
Cathy Sheeter
Candice Bohannon
Joshua Langstaff
Michael Griffin
Lindsay Foster
Hsin-Yao Tseng
Ryan Mellody
Laine Dobson
Joseph Iantorno
Kristy Gordon
Katherine Stone
Albin Veselka
Daniel Keys
Julio Reyes