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Women Artists: A Celebration!

A juried art show showcasing talented women artists

2019 People's Choice Award Winner
2019 People’s Choice Award Winner by Elena Ludwig

The YWCA Women Artists: A Celebration! annual art exhibition showcases works by local, regional, and national women artists age 18 and older. Returning in 2020 for a third 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 show is June 26 through July 24.

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 entering its 38th year in 2020 under the leadership of event co-chairs Elayne Klovis Bozick, Elizabeth Ford, and Elise McKeown Skolnick. 2020’s juror is Janice Lessman-Moss, professor and Head of Textiles School of Art, Center for Visual Arts at Kent State University. 

We are grateful to the sponsors of the 2020 Art Show:

  • The Pollock Personal Foundation
  • The Frank and Pearl E. Gelbman Charitable Foundation

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

Entry Information

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.


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 6, 2020, either online or at the YWCA, 25 W. Rayen Ave., Youngstown, OH 44503 **Online processing fees will be added to the entry fees when submitting payment.

Acceptance Notification

Artists will be notified of acceptance status  May 20-21, 2020. 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 Thursday, June 11, 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 22, to YWCA, between 12 – 6 pm. 17 Under 17 entrants can deliver beginning May 26 between 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday through June 22.

Pick-up Dates

Friday, July 24, 3 – 4 pm or Saturday, July 25, 1 – 3:30 pm. 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.