Meet our esteemed panel of jurors for the 2022 Ida B. Wells Visual Arts Fund. Each juror is a member of the chromatic black™ collective. Check back regularly for updates.
2022 VISUAL ARTS JURORS
He re-located to Atlanta in 1995 to serve as artistic director for the Paint Pals International Youth Art Competition in conjunction with the 1996 Olympics. Young has been recognized in numerous editions of “Who’s Who in Black Atlanta,” and was inducted into “Who’s Who in America” in 2012.
He has been presented with the Heritage Award for Outstanding Visual Arts (2001) from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York; the Pallet Award for Lifetime Achievement (2004); a Resolution from the Georgia House of Representatives naming him State of Georgia Artist of the Year (2011); the Phoenix Award from the city of Atlanta for outstanding contributions to the arts (2013); the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus Citizen’s Award for outstanding artistic achievement (2015); a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Barack H. Obama Foundation (2019); and a Resolution (351) from the Georgia House of Representatives (2021).
Young is the only artist to paint a portrait of an American President that is signed by the subject. The portrait of Barack Obama is entitled “History + Hope = Change.” He was commissioned by the Congressional Club of Washington, DC to create a portrait of Michelle Obama in 2014 that was presented to her during the annual First Lady’s Luncheon. Monumental murals of Young’s work can be found in Cincinnati and Atlanta including a 4-story installation of Young’s iconic “He Ain’t Heavy” image on Memorial Drive near the State Capitol.
Artwork by Young can be found in galleries throughout the United States, in select cities around the world, and in numerous private and corporate collections. He resides in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife L. Winfrey Young and sons, Matthew Perry, Bart Cody, and Gilbert Montana.