Over the past four years Young Arts Patrons’ annual art fair and conference, Young Collectors Contemporary has presented over 100 artists from underestimated arts and culture hubs including Memphis, Baltimore, Detroit, New Orleans, and other cities.

Young Collectors Contemporary has grown into a pillar of the visual arts world for up and coming curators and art critics and is a vital part of Young Arts Patrons’ mission of providing a high-visibility platform to support artists from diverse backgrounds who are emerging in the arts world.

Young Collectors Contemporary is a unique contemporary art fair and educational platform featuring the works of emerging artists and emerging curator that challenges both artist and audience members in content and form, and creates specific platforms for professional and artistic growth. We aim to present the works of artists and curators to new and existing art collectors, as well as, offer programming focused on multi-disciplinary conversations, art collecting education, and artistic professional and entrepreneurial development.

Over the years, we have had opportunities to showcase work in a range of styles, including abstract, landscape, photography, figurative art, impressionism, expressionism, street art, op art, minimalism, and installation art. 

Young Collectors Contemporary Team:

Whitney Hardy, Claire Brulatour, Mary Cameron Webster, Denise Parnell, Emily Oppenheimer


Young Collectors Contemporary as a program of Young Arts Patrons was founded by entrepreneur and art lover Whitney Hardy with a mission to support the sustainability of the contemporary visual arts by providing a curated arts marketplace for selling artworks to individuals, companies, and institutions. By developing the art collecting economy, we hope to create financial independence for artists as creatives and entrepreneurs.

Young Collectors Contemporary was founded in 2016 as part of the annual arts programming for Young Arts Patrons.The philanthropic organization organizes, curates, facilitates, and produces events with creatives, arts institutions, and arts organizations including The Brooks Museum, Ballet Memphis, The Metal Museum, Opera Memphis, IRIS Orchestra, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, and more.