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VSA Exhibition: In/finite Earth

In/finite Earth is the 12th exhibition in VSA and Volkswagen Group of America's annual Emerging Young Artists Program. This longtime collaboration is an unprecedented opportunity for visual artists, ages 16-25, with disabilities to receive national recognition at the start of their careers.

In/finite Earth asked Emerging Young Artists to showcase work that illuminates innovative viewpoints at the intersection of environmentalism, creativity, and disability. Regardless of continent, country, or culture, over six billion people draw sustenance from the shared resources of our planet, repercussions for which are still unfolding. In/finite Earth is a call to artists to engage in the physical, emotional, and creative ties we share across our planet, and present their artistic perspectives regarding the natural world, sustainability, and our collective future.

The 15 recipients were awarded a total of $60,000 in prize money generously provided by Volkswagen.

The exhibition debuted at the Smithsonian Institution's S. Dillon Ripley Center in fall 2013.

This year's selected artists are:

Chris Willcox

Grand Prize Award
Age 25 of New York, NY

Sarah Langsam

First Prize Award
Age 22 of Newark, DE

Kriston Poulson Gibbs

Second Prize Award
Age 21 of Philadelphia, PA

Kristi Beisecker

Award of Excellence
Age 23 of Wellesley, MA

Westley Cedeno

Award of Excellence
Age 25 of Pembroke Pines, FL

Mary Datta

Award of Excellence
Age 18 of Charlotte, NC

Haylee Fucini-Lenkey

Award of Excellence
Age 23 of Denville, NJ

Emilie Gossiaux

Award of Excellence
Age 23 of New York, NY

Madalyne Marie Hymas

Award of Excellence
Age 23 of Twin Falls, ID

AJ Kiel

Award of Excellence
Age 23 of Denver, CO

Dallas Looman

Award of Excellence
Age 24 of Colrain, MA

LaAndrea Mitchell

Award of Excellence
Age 19 of Memphis, TN

Kristi Neilson

Award of Excellence
Age 21 of Rochester, NY

David Ross

Award of Excellence
Age 25 of Bethesda, MD

Karla Torres

Award of Excellence
Age 22 of Savannah, GA