Arts on the Riverwalk Local Art Competition

Artists 18 years of age or older residing in the 50 mile radius of New Castle are invited to apply for the 4th Annual Local Artist Competition at the Arts on the Riverwalk festival.  Registration Day is August 19th from 11-4pm at the Hoyt. Works should be delivered in person.  All media will be accepted except video and installation. Size is limited to 36 inches in any direction and 100 pounds in weight. This competition will open at The Confluence, located at 214 East Washington Street,  during the festival on September 9th and remain on display through October 26, 2017. Inquiries may be sent to Patti at 724-652-2882 ext.14 or

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First Annual Arts on the Riverwalk
Public Art Project

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Arts & Education at the Hoyt is seeking proposals from qualified professional muralists for the design and execution of multi-level mural in the stairwell of the Municipal Parking Garage on Mercer Street, New Castle, PA.  The mural represents the first public artwork commissioned by the museum in conjunction with the museum’s annual Arts on the Riverwalk festival held in downtown New Castle, PA.  The mural will be unveiled at the 4th annual event on Saturday, September 9, 2017.

The mural represents a partnership between Arts & Education at the Hoyt, the City of New Castle and the New Castle Blueprint Communities team to develop a public art program supporting the implementation of the Riverwalk Trail, city revitalization and Blueprint Communities 5 Year Strategic Plan.  Up to $15,000.00 has been budgeted for the entire project.


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. Proposals may be submitted to Patti McLatchy, Exhibition Coordinator, by email or by mail. 

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.