Young Artist Awards

Dae Larkin receiving the 2022 Joey Cattone Award for Visual Art. Photo: Shelly Thorene
Dae Larkin receiving the 2022 Joey Cattone Award for Visual Art. Photo: Shelly Thorene

Arts and Culture El Dorado's Young Artist Awards honor the memory of four bright lights in our community who were great supporters of the arts, and whose lives represent the talent, thoughtfulness, generosity, and commitment to our community that make El Dorado County such a special place to live. These awards will be presented to outstanding high school juniors and seniors in each of four categories: music, visual art, theater, and nature-inspired art of any discipline. The awards are:

  • Richard H. Bush Award for Music
  • Joey Cattone Award for Visual Art
  • Lanny Langston Award for Theater
  • Jane Van Camp Award for Nature-Inspired Art

Students will be nominated by El Dorado County high school teachers. The four families will participate in the selection process, and an honorarium of $500 will be presented to each awardee. An awards ceremony, which will be free and open to the public, will take place in Spring 2022.

The students who receive these awards will exemplify the talent and immense potential of our El Dorado County high school students. As an annual program, the Young Artist Awards will continue to celebrate the great promise of younger generations and honor the lives and legacies of the “bright lights” who came before them.

Check back soon for more details about the 2023 Young Artist Awards.


  • Must be high school junior or senior
  • Must attend school in El Dorado County
  • Must be nominated by a current teacher

Past Young Artist Awards Recipients

2022 Young Artist Awards

2022 Young Artist Awards In 2019 and 2020, El Dorado County lost four beloved members of its community: Richard H. Bush, Lanny Langston, Joey Cattone, and Jane Van Camp. In their memory, and as a way of celebrating their impact and their legacies, Arts and Culture El Dorado created the Young Artist Awards, which will…

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