The Fourth Edition of Young Collectors Contemporary returns in 2019 with some of the country's most diverse emerging artists. The fourth edition will celebrate four days of thought provoking programming that appeals to artists, new and burgeoning collectors, art lovers, and community leaders.

Meet the 2019 Young Collectors Contemporary Artists

VIDEO | Kathy Battista

Dr Kathy Battista, Program Director, MA Contemporary Art at Sotheby's Institute of Art NY, discusses cultural stewardship in the twenty-first century.


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VIDEO |2018 Recap

Check out a recap of events from 2018 Young Collectors Contemporary.

Feeling good, feeling great /How I feel/ Feeling great, feeling good, how are you, you?

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What's Been Happening!


The Art Fair for Artists

Young Collectors Contemporary (YCC) is a program originally developed to stimulate the arts economy to support early stage visual artists. Part exhibition, part immersive professional development seminar, and part contemporary arts conference the event aims to grow the art collecting economy and continuously develop artists, arts professionals, and the arts community. The annual conference, first held in 2016, brings emerging artists and their works, arts professionals, art collectors, and art lovers together in a collective conversation.


Art Money: a new way to buy art

First in the the state, Young Collectors Contemporary is excited to introduce Art Money

rt Money makes owning art easy and affordable. Payments are spread over 10 monthly installments. After paying a minimum 10% deposit, you can take your artwork home and pay the remaining balance over 9 months, interest free.

ith an Art Money interest free loan, an artwork that costs $5,000 is only $500 a month over 10 payments (your first payment is your deposit).

Art Money helps you enjoy art, support local artists and galleries and contributes to the long-term sustainability of local art and culture.


New Year, New Events

We've grown our programs to include two multi-day pass tracks, The Artist Track and the Art Lovers Track! The artist track includes creative entrepreneur workshops and mentor sessions for fine artists, curators, creative professionals, and students. While the art lover track introduces beginning and burgeoning collectors to the vibrancy of Memphis art culture with a curated tour of galleries and studios.

But wait, there's more! We will also be activating the 25 miles surrounding Memphis for open studio cruise. There's still room available for the March's open studio list, just complete the open studio application to secure placement.


Moving On Up!

We're thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Crosstown Arts to scale the art fair in 2018! The state of the art gallery that opened at the end of 2017, is the perfect location for us introduce innovators artists and creative thinkers. We can't wait to see everyone in March and continue to share our mission to be the art fair for emerging artists and art lovers with the aim to challenge the boundaries and experience of traditional art fairs. The ambition remains to further develop the impact and role of the art and culture scene.

Crosstown Concourse Image Courtesy of Memphis Flyer

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Discover The City

OPEN:a community-curated open studio/gallery project is a city-wide initiative designed by Young Arts Patrons to foster personal exchange between Memphis-based artists and their communities. For the public, it is a self-guided tour of the studios of artists, galleries, and art institutions working within a 25 mile radius of Memphis, TN that is free and open to the public. Over the course of the week the public is invited to visit participating artists in their creative space allowing artists to share their artwork and projects to professionals and art enthusiasts.