Since 1996, Young Guns has been an elite portfolio-based competition that takes the profiles of young creative professionals already on the rise and helps elevate them even further. And while the program has made major strides since the days of being jokingly thought of as an award for "extremely talented white designers and illustrators from Williamsburg", there's always room for more diversity.

Enter COLORFUL: A Prelude To Young Guns 19. Ahead of this year's Young Guns competition, we teamed up with acclaimed first-generation Filipinx designer and Young Guns 8 winner Rich Tu to co-found a free portfolio competition and a grant exclusively for young BIPOC creative professionals who qualify for Young Guns — they just haven't entered and won it yet.

After receiving submissions from across the globe, a jury made up of 11 BIPOC creative superstars — all previous Young Guns winners themselves — went over every single entry, grading them not only on the strength of their work but also on how they intend to use the $3000 creative grant, should they win. Afterward, the jury convened to discuss and debate which entrant stood above others as the overall winner of the grant, as well as assemble a class of finalists. The winner and the finalists will all be welcomed to enter YG19 completely free of charge, with the confidence that comes with knowing they've already impressed a jury that knows exactly what it takes to win Young Guns.

COLORFUL: A Prelude to Young Guns 19

Katty Huertas

Artist & Illustrator

Hi! My name is Katty Huertas and I'm an artist and illustrator born in Colombia and based in the Washington DC/Baltimore area. I have a BA in Art from Florida International University and an MFA in Graphic Design from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA).

In my practice, I like to combine analog and digital mediums and I like to experiment with animation, augmented reality, textiles, and sculptures. I also love creating work that is full of detail and texture.

I was named AIGA's 2020 Fresh Grad representing MICA and my work has also been recognized by the Adobe Design Achievement Awards, Latin American Illustration, and Communication Arts.

My client list includes HBO Max , Adobe, Honda, Nickelodeon, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Washington Post , Wired, Harvard Business Review, BuzzFeed News, Red Bull Music Academy and the Women's March amongst others. My work also has been shown in galleries in multiple locations including New York City, San Francisco, Baltimore, Washington DC, Austin, and Bogota, Colombia, and has been featured by Tumblr, VSCO, LEDBaltimore, Adobe Portfolio, Adobe Students, Adobe Latinoamerica, Behance, Society 6, 21Wallpaper, and Booooooom.

Besides my personal and freelance practice, I currently work as an editorial designer at NBC News for and teach graphic design part-time in the after-school program at the Latin American Youth Center to underprivileged kids in Washington DC.

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