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Women Artists: A Celebration!

A juried art show showcasing talented women artists

Scroll down for information on the Women Artists Art Series, providing opportunities to engage in the arts through workshops and demonstrations.

Judith Keefer, winner of 2018 People's Choice Award
Judith Keefer, winner of the 2018 People’s Choice Award, with her piece, Daughter of Nations.

The YWCA Women Artists: A Celebration! annual art exhibition showcases works by local, regional, and national women artists age 18 and older. Returning in 2019 for a second 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.

The show was founded in 1983 by Eileen Scragg and Nancy K. Morris, 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 entered its 37th year in 2019 under the leadership of event co-chairs Liz Bulkely-Testa and Elayne Klovis Bozick. 2019’s juror was Priscilla Roggenkamp, Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Design at Ashland University.

We are grateful to the sponsors of the 2019 Art Show:

  • Anonymous
  • Farmers Trust Company
  • The Frank and Pearl Gelbman Foundation
  • The Nancy K. Morris Endowment Fund
  • Stifel
  • York Mahoning Mechanical Contractors

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

Entry Information - Now closed. Check back in February for 2020 info!

Eligibility: Women Artists

Women artists ages 18 and up are eligible for the 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 work  completed within the last 3 years accepted.  Work must be a manageable size and weight, able to be hung by one person.

Eligibility: 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 37th Annual Women Artists: A Celebration! show. Only two-dimensional work no larger than 3’ x 3’ will be accepted into the 17 Under 17 show; no three-dimensional work will be accepted. Work must be framed and wired for hanging (see hanging instructions on page 2). Members of the Women Artists Committee will judge the show; seventeen works will be chosen and eligible for awards.



  • All work must be a manageable size and weight, able to be hung by one person.
  • All work must be finished for presentation.  Committee has final approval.
  • Work must be framed and wired for hanging.  No saw tooth or single-loop hangers. Proper wiring: fasten eyelet 1/3 down from top of frame; cut wire 10 -12 inches longer than width of frame; loop wire TWICE through eyelet (prevents slippage) then wrap around main wire and back over previous wrap. Pull wire taut and proceed to attach other end.
  • Work must be labeled on back, upper left corner using the identification labels provided on entry form.
  • Include special instructions where needed on entry form.
  • Ceramics: Affix label to bottom. Work must be in good condition, free of cracks. No 3D work will be accepted into the 17 Under 17 show.

The Women’s Art Committee reserves the right to reject entries not meeting requirements outlined above.  Work may be disallowed if it is not suitably prepared for exhibition, is too large to display, or is not adequately represented in entry.


Entry Form

Entry has closed for the 2019 show. Please check back in February 2020 for information about the 38th annual show.

Artists 14 – 17

1 entry: $6

2 entries: $10


Artists 18 and Over

1 entry: $15

2 entries: $30

3 entries: $45

4 entries: $55

5 entries: $60

All entries and entry fees must be received by 5 pm on April 8, 2019, either online or at the YWCA, 25 W. Rayen Ave., Youngstown, OH 44503

Acceptance Notification

Artists will be notified of acceptance status the week of May 20, 2019. Notification will be sent by email* unless the Notification of Acceptance Status card is filled out with artist’s address and stamped.

*Please check junk/spam mail. If you don’t receive notice by May 24, please call 330-746-6361 x109.


Delivery Dates/Shipping

Shipped accepted pieces: should arrive by Wednesday, June 12, in an easily handled shipping crate or secure, well-padded box to:

YWCA Mahoning Valley

Attn: Women Artists

25 W. Rayen Avenue

Youngstown, OH 44503

Hand delivered accepted pieces: will be taken on Monday, June 24, to YWCA, between 12 – 6 pm. 17 Under 17 entrants can deliver beginning May 28 between 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday through June 24.

 Pick-up Dates

Friday, July 26, 3 – 4 pm or Saturday, July 27, 1 – 3:30 pm. If your work is an award winner or 17 Under 17 and you choose to include it in YWCA’s Trumbull County show, pick-up date will be in late August (exact date TBD). YWCA will dispose of artwork not picked up after one month.  YWCA and the Women’s Art Committee are not responsible for unclaimed work.


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