Born in Mt. Kisco, New York, in 1962, Andrew Young studied biology and art history at the University of California, Berkeley, where in 1987 he received a B.A. and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Young’s keen interest in science furthered his affinity for natural history, philosophy and art, which eventually led him to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where in 1989 he earned an M.F.A. in painting and drawing. He has received many grants and awards from the Community Arts Assistance Program of the City of Chicago and the Illinois Arts Council. In 2006, Young was invited by The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Oregon State University for an expedition to Antarctica.
Young’s work is represented by several galleries and has been featured in numerous national and international exhibitions, often with accompanying workshops. Some of his projects have taken him to Italy, Germany, Ecuador, Hungary and Pakistan, to name a few. Since 1989, articles on his paintings have been published in The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, ARTnews, ArtForum, Art in America, Art & Antiques, Art Issues, The New Art Examiner, and various others. Recently, the Chicago Public Library commissioned several large-scale works for their central reading room, which adds to his many museum, public and corporate collections. In 2007, the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas, The Miami Art Museum and the San Antonio Museum of Art made permanent acquisitions of Young’s work. In 2010, the Illinois State Museum acquired a work in the collage medium for a traveling exhibition and its Springfield collection.
In 2011, Young curated a show at The Art Center of Highland Park, Illinois, entitled Indexing the World: invention, abstraction and dissonance. It was an exhibition designed to explore our intricate and elastic relationship to the landscape. Over the past couple of years, Young wrote for and co-edited a book, The Mazon Creek Fossil Fauna, released in the fall of 2012. This volume is a collaboration with many scientists and portrays the diversity of one of the world’s richest paleontological sites. The artist lives and works in Chicago.