2nd Annual Short Film & Video Competition

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Co-host: Slippery Rock Univ.

The Short Film & Video Festival is a great opportunity for both established and emerging artists to gain regional exposure at the Arts on the Riverwalk festival in downtown New Castle, PA.  Screenings will take place at the Historic Warner Theatre Museum, the original site of the first Warner Brothers theater, throughout the day on September 8, 2018.  A varied representation of artistic visions, genres and methods of production are welcome. Open to ages 18+ within a 250 mile radius of New Castle, PA.

DEADLINE: Postmarked by June 15.  ENTRY FEE:  $25.  FORMAT: mp4

AWARDS:  1st - $400        2nd - $200        3rd - $100

Download Entry Form Here

Lawrence County Art Contest

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From state parks and Amish farmlands to ethnic foods, festivals and fireworks, the 1st Annual Lawrence County Art Show invites artists to capture the people, places and events that make our region unique!  While cash prizes will recognize talent, a limited number of purchase awards will help build the county’s Art Collection from the entries submitted.


  • Deadline for Entries: Friday, May 18, 2018
  • Notification of Award: By May 29, 2018
  • Exhibition Dates: June 4 – July 27, 2018
  • Public Reception: Friday, June 8, 5-7 pm (presentation at 6 pm)
  • Pick Up: July 29-August 2. 2018

ENTRY:  Works may be delivered in person to the Register and Recorder’s Office at the Lawrence County Courthouse, 430 Court Street, New Castle on May 18, 2018 between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm. 

ENTRY FEE:  $10 per work.  Up to two works per artist. 


  • Cash Awards: 1st Place: $175.00, 2nd Place: $125.00, 3rd Place: $75.
  • Purchase Awards: Up to $1500.00 may be available to acquire work from the competition to build the County’s Art Collection.  These pieces will remain on display at the Lawrence County Courthouse.

Download Guidelines & Entry Form

Lawrence County Student Show

Arts & Education at the Hoyt invites Lawrence County students in grades 9-12 to participate in a county-wide exhibition of student work at The Confluence art gallery, March 15-May 10, 2018. Two and three dimensional works will be accepted and prizes awarded at the public reception on March 22, from 5-7 pm. Public, private and home schooled students are eligible. 

Deadline is March 10, 2018.


Eligibility: Open to public, private and home schooled Lawrence County High School students in grades 9-12.

Presentation: Two dimensional works should be mounted on black poster board or similar material leaving a one-inch border around the four sides of image. Series, groupings or multiples forming a single entry should be clearly numbered as to order and/or accompanied by a sketch or display instructions.

Entry Tags: Two entry tags must be completed for each work. One should be affixed to the back or bottom of the piece and the other submitted to the Hoyt in an envelope indicating the school district and teacher. Please type or print clearly as this information will be used to identify work during the show. Forms may be photocopied as needed.

Delivery: Delivered to the Hoyt by March 10. Tags should be attached to the back of works and a second set in a separate envelope. 

Awards: Awards for the most outstanding works will be presented at the public reception on March 22, from 5-7 pm at The Confluence. Friends and family are welcome to attend.

Dates to remember

Show dates: March 15-May 10, 2018
Public Reception: Thursday, March 22nd, 5-7 pm at The Confluence
Drop Off: on or before March 10th at the Hoyt
Pick Up: May 14 - 18 at the Hoyt

Download Show Tags

Apply for a Solo or Group Show

If you are interested in applying for a solo or group show at the Hoyt or at the off-site locations, please take a minute to review the following guidelines.

While not limited to the following, the Hoyt does emphasize the exhibition of talent from the Mid Atlantic Region of the United States defined as Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware and Washington D.C. Additional eligibility requirements may apply by venue:


Hoyt Main Galleries: Selection is competitive among established artists and/or groups demonstrating mature talent and exhibition experience. Artists must be 21+. Please note that due to the historic nature of the facilities, exhibition spaces cannot be altered to accommodate video and installations.  Therefore, these media are discouraged. 

The Confluence/Downtown New Castle: The Confluence is a community coffee house and gathering space featuring a stage, library and contemporary gallery space showcasing local art by local artists in the heart of downtown New Castle, PA.  Exhibition is limited to artists living within a 50 mile radius of the city.

Applications for solo or group shows are accepted by mail and must include the following:

  • Contact Form  (download here)
  • Description of proposed show
  • 10-20 digital images (jpeg only)
  • Image list including the title, medium, and dimensions of each piece.
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • $25 review fee.

Email to exhibits@hoytartcenter.org or by mail to Arts & Education at the Hoyt, Attn: Patti McLatchy, 124 E. Leasure Ave, New Castle, PA 16101. Materials mailed will not be returned.

Arts on the Riverwalk Mural

Exterior Mural: YMCA, Downtown New Castle

Arts & Education at the Hoyt is seeking proposals for the design and execution of an exterior mural on the east facing wall of the YMCA in downtown, New Castle, Pa. The mural will be unveiled at the 5th annual Arts on the Riverwalk festival on Saturday, September 8, 2018. 

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Rooted in Lawrence County for over 150 years, the New Castle YMCA continues to strengthen the community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Concept drawings should emphasize the idea of "healthy living" as it relates to Lawrence County. Information on our local heritage and recreation can be found at www.lawrencechs.com and www.visitlawrencecounty.com.

Proposals should include a cover letter, resume, concept drawings, work samples, bid amount, and references. Finalists will be interviewed by selection panel. Work may begin in May and must be complete by August. Deadline for proposals: April 1. 

Contact Kim Koller-Jones, Executive Director with questions.

Download complete guidelines HERE.