Anita C. Young is the winner of the 2018 Pollack Purchase Award from Washburn University, and winner of Best in Show for the Human Experience versus Abstract Exhibition at the Tomahawk Art Center. Her current body of art work focuses on mental health and is intended to make open dialogue easier. She has written one complete urban fantasy series and is currently working on her young adult fantasy series. Anita C. Young was born and raised in Canada before marrying a US Army soldier. The couple moved around the world before finally settling in Topeka, where she obtained her B.S. in Medical Laboratory Science from Washburn in 2010. After almost a decade of serving the community at a local hospital, Ms. Young decided to pursue her lifetime love of art at Washburn. After receiving her B.F.A., Ms. Young looks forward to displaying her work in many future shows while continuing to write.