21 Under 31: Young Artists to Watch in 2015

Our annual spotlight on emerging artists

By Bonnie Gangelhoff

Let us introduce you to the next generation of talented artists—all of them under the age of 31. We polled art schools, ateliers, galleries, and respected workshop instructors to find some of the most promising young painters in the country. This year’s artists hail from nearly every western state plus a few in the Midwest and Northeast. Their work ranges from compelling figurative pieces to fresh takes on the landscape, as well as exquisite still lifes, urban scenes, and more. They are an inspired and dedicated group who work hard and dream big. Enjoy the fruits of their labors.

0915Z.Elleston_BIOZachery Elletson





0915J.Dolderer_BIOJoseph Dolderer





0915M.Sterbenz_BIOMatthew Sterbenz





0915D.Aizwawa_BIODean Aizawa





0915C.Erickson_BIOCody Erickson





0915A.Bartoschcuk_BIOAlla Bartoshchuk





0915S.Thompson_BIOSilas Thompson





0915T.Swain_BIOTyler Swain





0915E.Tringali_BIOEmmalyn Tringali





0915D.Ammar_BIODaliah Lina Ammar





0915M.Thompson_BIOMelanie Thompson





0915R.Hextrum_BIORobin Hextrum





0915E.Hirst_BIOEmma Hirst





0915D.Rodriguez_BIODevon Rodriguez





0915T.Holsworth_BIOTrinity Holsworth





0915RKrishnan_BIORia Krishnan





0915M.Howland_BIOMeghan Howland





0915J.Kardamis_BIOJon Kardamis





0915C.Idol_BIOColt Idol





0915D.Curfman_BIODel Curfman





0915B.Gilbert_BIOBrittany Gilbert





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