Join Young Collectors Contemporary for Keynotes. These presentations feature some of the creative and art industries’ most inspired thinkers, doers, and rule breakers as they explore themes and issues within the contemporary art ecosystem.

Explore 2018 Keynotes below and stay tuned to YCC News for 2019 information coming in Late Summer 2018.


Janice Bond: Rock the Dot: Investing in Your Art Collection at Any Level

Join Janice Bond of Bond Creative Advisors for an intimate conversation about demystifying and decolonizing the journey of art collecting. What type of artwork inspires you? Where do you start? How do you continue to build? Who should be new/now/next in your collection and why? Let's talk about it.

Dan Peterson on Project Backboard 

Meet Dan Peterson, founder of Project Backboard. Learn his personal story and the history of Project Backboard, the non-profit he started in Memphis to renovate and install large scale works of unique art across public outdoor basketball courts, in order to encourage others to think about how they can make their practice. Dan Peterson's Memphis #1 Nina Chanel Abney basketball court at Chickasaw Park was a featured stop on the Young Collectors Contemporary Art Crawl.

2018 Official Young Collectors Contemporary Recap Video

When everyone has a seat at the table and access to resources and though leadership dope things happen. This is the catalyst. Get a glimpse of the third edition of YCC featuring community leaders, artists, creative entrepreneurs, collectors, and art consumers.

Panel: Communities at the Crossroads: The Role of Public Art and Politics in Gentrification

Public art and artists can provide both cultural and economic value to a neighborhood, but they can also be the catalyst for neighborhood displacement and gentrification. In this discussion, panel participants will discuss how artists, arts organizations, and community members can navigate the complex relationship between public art, politics, and gentrification.

Kathy Battista, Sotheby's Institute of Art NY Presents: Collecting as Cultural Stewardship in Times of Precarity

Dr Kathy Battista, Program Director, MA Contemporary Art at Sotheby's Institute of Art NY, will discuss cultural stewardship in the twenty-first century. She will raise questions such as: Are traditional models of collecting and supporting the arts relevant today? How can individuals support emerging or established, local or global, art production? Does our divided society find common ground through the arts? Battista will explain how the global expansion of the art market has changed the topography of the art world as we know it today.

In Conversation with Rog & Bee Walker

2018 Emerging Curators, Rog and Bee Walker, will be in conversation with Darren Isom about current and emerging perspectives on creative culture, production, and thought.

Roseann Weiss

Looking beyond what art does for individuals on a surface level and diving into the psychological impacts it can incur. Analyzing the impact community art can play on the residents on a day-to-day basis to stress the importance of community engagement throughout the development process.
Session sponsored by BLDG Memphis.