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Women Artists: A Celebration!

A juried art show showcasing talented women artists

40th Artwork by Susan Russo

The YWCA Women Artists: A Celebration! annual art show is entering its 40th year! The exhibition showcases works by local, regional, and national women artists age 18 and older. Returning in 2022 for a fifth time is our special 17 Under 17 show, celebrating the talents of young women artists! The juried show features all media, including paintings, drawings, photographs, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, and metal work. This year’s hybrid show is June 24 through July 22 with a Celebration Party on July 8. The 2022 juror is Jenn Crisan, Owner of The Bell Street Gallery in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

The show was founded in 1982 by Nancy K. Morris and Eileen Scragg, with the intention of meeting the needs of underserved women artists in the area and supporting the YWCA. Enlisting their friends and networks, Nancy and Eileen built a working committee to plan an event that was closely tied to the community and celebrated the diversity and experiences of the women artists of the region.

Under the guidance of a committed group of women–artists and admirers of art alike–the event has grown to be a beloved and much-anticipated community event. Women Artists is entering its 40th year in 2022 under the leadership of event co-chairs Elayne Klovis Bozick, Elizabeth Ford, and Elise McKeown Skolnick. 

For more information about Women Artists, please contact YWCA at (330) 746-6361 x 109.

We are thankful to the sponsors of the 40th Women Artists show:

  • Edward M. Barr Charitable Trust
  • Barbara Brothers
  • Barbara Faires
  • Farmers Trust Bank
  • Elizabeth Ford
  • Leah Merritt
  • Nancy K. Morris Endowment Fund
  • Pollock Personal Foundation
  • Rick Shale
  • York Mahoning


Women Artists Committee Award 
Gail Trunick, Automated Man, mixed media

Margaret Evans Memorial Award
Beth Basista, Holy Cow!, oil

Orangestar Properties Award
Cherie Lesnick, Yet Another Horse Fountain, mixed media

Kathy Koop Award
Marianne Whitehouse, Open Spaces, fiber

Terri Madden Memorial Award
Jean Nye, I’m Serious, watercolor

Perc & Jean Kelty Photography Award
Stephanie Yanik, Bird’s Eye View, photo

Betty V. Harris Memorial Award
Noreen Yazvac, Awaken, watercolor

Nancy K. Morris Memorial Award
Nancy Turner, Waiting Our Turn, watercolor

Juror’s Award
Lisa Frederick, Dreaming of Better Days, photo

Tessi Renee’ Gordon Chagnot Memorial Award
Clarissa Katz, Spirit, oil

Trumbull County Chiropractic Clinic Award
Christi Kacvinsky, Thoughtful Beauty, oil

Suzanne Cinelli Watercolor Award
Ann Madej, Allusion, watercolor

Mahoning Valley Watercolor Society Award
Brenda Myers Cohen, Giant Iris, watercolor

Eileen D. Scragg Memorial Award
Sharon Dundee, Home, mixed media

YWCA Mission Award
Carol Gallo, Going Separate Ways, monoprint

Youngstown Area Federation of Women’s Clubs Award
Elayne Bozick, Sea Levels Rising, alcohol ink

Group Therapy Artists Award
Karen Fetchko, Ink Tryptic, mixed media

Lit Youngstown Award
Diane Beatty, Red, Light and Blue, photo

Watercolor Award by Tom & Lindy McMurray
Jody Nudell, The Squirrel’s Playground, watercolor

Photography Award by Bill & Carol Cox
Valerie Schneider, Last Dance, photo

17 Under 17 Awards

1st Place – Julia Stratton, Bliss, oil pastel

2nd Place – Elisabeth Facemyer, No Cavities!, charcoal

3rd Place – Adalena Slifka, Trooper, charcoal

4th Place – Lily Nelson, Tempus Fuggit, charcoal

Entry Information

Women artists ages 18 and up are eligible for the Women Artists: A Celebration! Show.

17 Under 17 Show

Artists ages 14 to 17 are able to participate in the 17 Under 17 juried art show, held in conjunction with the 40th Annual Women Artists: A Celebration! show.

Two- and three-dimensional work are eligible including painting, drawing, graphics, photography, fiber, sculpture, ceramics, metal work, digital art and videos (limit of 6 minutes). Only original artwork completed within the last 3 years will be accepted. Work must be a manageable size and weight, able to be hung by one person.

17 Under 17

Only two-dimensional work no larger than 3’x 3′ will be accepted; no three-dimensional work will be accepted. Work must be framed and wired for hanging. Members of the Women Artists committee will judge the show. Seventeen works will be chosen and eligible for awards.

Check back in February 2023 for entry information!

Artists ages 14 to 17

1 Entry – $6

2 Entries – $10

Artists ages 18 & Over

1 Entry – $15

2 Entries – $30

3 Entries – $45

4 Entries – $55

5 Entries – $60

Please Note: There is a processing fee for online entries. It will be included in the total amount on the entry form.

Please contact Michaela at mwrite@mvywca.org or 330-746-6361 x109 with questions.