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Women Artists: A Celebration!

A juried art show showcasing talented women artists

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The YWCA Women Artists: A Celebration! annual art exhibition showcases works by local, regional, and national women artists age 18 and older. Returning in 2021 for a fourth 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 25 through July 23 with an outdoor Celebration Party on July 16. Scheduled, staggered viewing, mask wearing and social distancing will be practiced.

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 39th year in 2021 under the leadership of event co-chairs Elayne Klovis Bozick, Elizabeth Ford, and Elise McKeown Skolnick. This year’s juror is Gail Trunick, artist, sculptor and owner of Gail’s Train of Thought. 

We are grateful to the sponsors of the 2021 Art Show:

  • Edward M. Barr Foundation
  • Barbara Brothers
  • Farmers Trust Company
  • Nancy K. Morris Endowment Fund
  • The Pollock Personal Foundation
  • York Mahoning

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

2021 Award Winners

Margaret Evans Memorial Award
Julie Martin, Side Eye, acrylic

Terri Madden Memorial Award (Water Media)
Kristina Rule, Rocky Mountain Top, acrylic

Terri Madden Memorial Award (Oil)
Christi Kacvinsky, Looking Forward, oil

Women Artists Committee Award
Diane Beatty, Just an Illusion, photo

Perc & Jean Kelty Photography Award
Diane Beatty, A Door to the Past, photo

Betty V. Harris Memorial Award
Maryann Limmer, It’s About Time, clay

Nancy K. Morris Memorial Award
Lotte Herwig-Erhardt, Amish Farm, watercolor

Juror’s Award
Rebecca Hawkins, Charles Burchfield Home, pastel

Suzanne Cinelli Watercolor Award
Millie Hawkins, The Falls Popcorn Stand, watercolor

Mahoning Valley Watercolor Society Award
Jody Nudell, Cat on a Hot Tile Roof, watercolor

Eileen D. Scragg Memorial Award
Susan Walsh, Revolution, acrylic

YWCA Mission Award
Joyce Morrow Jones, My Black is Beautiful, mixed media

Youngstown Area Federation of Women’s Clubs Award
Marianne Whitehouse, The Big Weave, paper

Group Therapy Artists Award
Clare Murray Adams, Abandoned, mixed media

Lit Youngstown Award
Salli Kowalski, Terry, charcoal

15 Under 17 Awards

1st – Junior Women’s League of Canfield, Inc. Award
Elisabeth Facemyer, Looking Up, mixed media

2nd – 15 Under 17 Award
Julia Stratton, Peek a Boo!, charcoal

3rd – 15 Under 17 Award
Van Hoang, Open, photo

4th – 15 Under 17 Award
Amani Wadi-Ramahi, Cinna Girl, acrylic

5th – 15 Under 17 Award
Julia Stratton, Kit Kat, photo


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 39th 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.

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.

All entries and entry fees must be received by 5 pm on April 15, 2021.

Shipped accepted pieces should arrive by Thursday, June 10 in an easily handled shipping crate or secure, well-padded box to:

YWCA Mahoning Valley

Attn: Women Artists

25 W. Rayen Ave.

Youngstown, OH 44503

Hand delivered accepted pieces will be received at the YWCA between 12 – 6 pm June 21-23. Intake will be staggered and scheduled in alphabetical order (Details to follow).

Pick-up Dates

July 24 – 26, 1 – 4pm. YWCA will dispose of artwork not picked up after one month. YWCA and the Women Artists Committee are not responsible for unclaimed work.

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