Emerging Artists is a semester-long program that challenges teens to create original works of art responding to a particular topic or current exhibition. Each program wraps up with a showcase in a Hirshhorn gallery. 


In spring 2022, Artlab is partnering with DC Public Schools for Light Your Fire, an exploration of public art. Using pieces like Abigail DeVille’s Light of Freedom for inspiration, participants will create works that reimagine monuments and memorials. Centered in the city of Washington, DC—where every building, park, and plaza has a story—the Emerging Artists will use art, performance, and music to explore and highlight stories missing from the public narrative. 

On Saturday, June 11, 1–4 pm, join us for a special Teen Emerging Artist showcase event: Light Your Fire: Teens Give Voice to Public Art,  in the Hirshhorn’s Artlab and Sculpture Garden. Teen artists from Coolidge High School will read original poetry, perform with local artist Monica Jahan Bose, and share a monumental public work Hoping for Change, which will remain on view in the Artlab June 11–24, 2022.  Learn more about the event.

Get a feel for past Emerging Artists programs by looking through photos of our past showcases below.