MPH Senior Recognized in Art Competition

Senior Olivia Bigtree has been selected as a finalist in the National YoungArts competition! As a finalist she has won an all-expense paid trip to Miami to spend the week taking master classes, workshops, and be mentored by internationally recognized leaders in a diversity of creative fields. Throughout the week, the finalists across ten disciplines (classical music, dance, design arts, film, jazz, photography, theater, visual arts, voice, and writing) will be further adjudicated to determine additional award levels.

Olivia has been hard at work creating new pieces this semester, but take a look at some of the pieces she submitted to the YoungArts competition here.

According to, each year, the National YoungArts Foundation receives thousands of applications for its national competition that recognizes the most accomplished young artists across 10 disciplines. YoungArts winners, ages 15–18 or in grades 10–12, win cash awards up to $10,000, take master classes with notable artists—including Debbie Allen, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Frank Gehry, Wynton Marsalis, José Parlá, Salman Rushdie, Jeanine Tesori and Mickalene Thomas—and become eligible for nomination as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts. Joining a 20,000-strong alumni community, they receive creative and professional development opportunities and connect with an extraordinarily rich network of peers.

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