Expressions of Courage

"Survivor" by Dillon Murphy, 2016 First Place

"Survivor" by Dillon Murphy, 2016 First Place

Courage.  The ability to do something frightening.  Showing strength in the face of pain or grief.  Living with disease.  Overcoming disability.  Standing up for what’s right.  Leading change. 

We invite you to explore the various definitions of courage in the 5th annual Expressions of Courage competition.  This portrait exhibition was originally inspired by the New Castle YMCA’s Salute to Courage dinner and likewise recognizes individuals who have overcome their fears to better themselves and/or their community. 

Examples can be anywhere.  At home.  At work.  In your school or in your neighborhood.  Share them with us in the form of a black-and-white portrait accompanied by a short narrative describing the individual and his/her act(s) of courage. Our ‘gallery of heroes’ will be displayed at The Confluence in downtown New Castle, November 2, 2017-January 4, 2018.  Cash prizes will be awarded to the top entries.      

Photographers of any age and skill level living within a 100-mile radius of New Castle, PA are invited to apply for the 5th Annual Expressions of Courage photography competition.  Inspired by the annual New Castle YMCA’s Salute to Courage dinner, the competition recognizes individuals who have demonstrated courage in their convictions to improve themselves and/or their community.  It takes courage to recover from an accident, illness or injury; to live with a disability; to demonstrate acts of heroism; or to influence political, economic or social change for the common good in your school, neighborhood or city.

Entries must therefore depict an individual who has demonstrated at least one of these traits and be accompanied by a short narrative describing his/her act(s) of courage. Prizes will be awarded based on the technical, aesthetic and narrative qualities of each entry. Cash prizes are as follows: 1st place - $250, 2nd place - $150, 3rd place - $75.  The jury panel may additionally select up to six merit awards at $25 each.

For consistency of presentation, all entries must be black and white, printed to 11”x14” and matted with a white mat to 16” x 20”.  The Hoyt will provide frames for the duration of the exhibition.  Works will be returned to the artist matted.  

The exhibition will take place in the galleries of The Confluence in downtown New Castle, November 2, 2017-January 4, 2018.  Registration day is Saturday, October 14, 11-4 at Arts & Education at the Hoyt.

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45th Annual Hoyt Regional Juried Art Exhibition

Emerging and professional artists from the 150 mile radius of New Castle, PA are invited to apply electronically for the Hoyt Regional Juried Exhibition to compete for awards totaling $1000!

Serving as Juror: Reto Thuring, Curator of Contemporary Art, Cleveland Museum of Art.

Deadline is January 27, 2018!


1.  Entries are limited to artists 18+ living within 150 miles of New Castle, PA16101
2.  All media will be considered with the following exceptions:  No video or installations.
3.  Works must be original, completed within the last three years and not previously shown at the Hoyt.
4.  Work cannot exceed 48 inches in any direction or 150 pounds in weight.

Digital entries must be postmarked or emailed to the Hoyt by January 27, 2018.

Entry Fee
$25 for up to two entries ($20 for Hoyt Members) and $5 for each additional entry.

Exhibition Dates
April 3—May 24, 2018

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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 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.