Women Artists Show

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Juror’s Statement

It has been my honor to judge such a strong body of work from very talented regional women artists. Digital adjudication brings many challenges as the process in judging the artworks — their creativity, individuality, skill and depth — present unique perspectives.

My broad background in Art provides a greater appreciation of both abstract and realistic works in all media. My personal vision of Art is a reflection of being open-minded in the task of seeking out quality artwork based on experiences in Art. This exhibition is truly a Celebration! Congratulations to all the artists!

Joyce Mistovich
Director of Education
The Butler Institute of American Art
Retired Art Educator

Joyce Mistovich is Director of Education at the Butler Institute of American Art. She received a B.S. in Education from Youngstown State University with a concentration in Art. She also received her Master’s Degree from YSU. She has done post-graduate work at Kent State University, Ashland College, and Walsh University. She was a former Art Educator in the Boardman Local Schools and served as a Student Teacher Mentor to students from YSU and Westminster College.

Joyce has served as a judge in the following art exhibitions: YSU English Festival Art Exhibition, Northeast Ohio Regional Scholastic Art Exhibition, the Ohio Governor’s Show, the 13th District Congressional Art Show, Canfield Fair Art Show as well as numerous high school art shows in the tri-county area.

Joyce received the 2020 Boardman Citizen of the Year Award and was recognized in 2014 with the Boardman Schools Distinguished Alumni Award. She currently serves as a Boardman Park Commissioner, member of the Northeastern Educational  Television of Ohio Board of Directors, and Sight For All United Board. Her work has been exhibited in The Butler Institute of American Art.

Award Winners

Women Artists Committee Award
Diane Draphco, Peace Now for Ukraine: Turn Your Swords Into Plowshares, acrylic

Margaret Evans Memorial Award
Carol Gallo, She’s Not Bashful, monoprint

Orangestar Properties Award
Marty Young, 2022, 2023…, pencil

Kathy Koop Award
Gail Trunick, Holding Herself Together, mixed media

Perc & Jean Kelty Memorial Award
Renee Sheakoski, A Moment—Siena—Italy, photo

Terri & John Madden Memorial Award
Rachel Griffin, Pink Profusion, oil

Betty V. Harris Memorial Award
Diane Pribojan, “Y”, acrylic

The Gerald Zona Award
Lana VanAuker, A Child’s Prayer, photo

Charles E. Fisher Memorial Award
Diane Beatty, The Prophecy, photo

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

Group Therapy Artists Award
Susan Walsh, Circular Direction, mixed media

Body of Art Award
Clarissa Katz, Waiting, Sun, The Lake, oil

Lit Youngstown Award
Julie Martin, 3 Sliced Pears, acrylic

Nancy K. Morris Watercolor Award
Jody Nudell, Night Sounds, Nashville, watercolor

Suzanne Cinelli Watercolor Award
Nancy Turner, Farm Kitchen, Watercolor

Tessi Renee Gordon Chagnot Memorial Award
Nancy Hawkins, Nashannock Creek, oil

Trumbull County Chiropractic Clinic Award
Jeanie Gordon, Women Working Together, oil

Watercolor Award by Bill & Carol Cox
Elizabeth Ford, Y-Town Treats, watercolor

Watercolor Award by Tom & Lindy McMurray
Sophia Ciancola, Fears of the Present, watercolor

YWCA Mission Award
Autumn Ellis, Graffiti Flower, mixed media

Under 17 Award
Ja’niyah West, Panda, mixed media

Under 17 Award
Lily Nelson, Reflecting Light, color pencil

Under 17 Award
Alexa Joseph, Heart Strings, charcoal

Under 17 Award
Lily Nelson, Bass Harbor Lighthouse, acrylic