Westmoreland Art Nationals Juried Fine Art & Photography Exhibit

2022 Westmoreland Art Nationals Entry Forms

2022 WAN Downloadable Entry Form & Rules
2022 WAN Entry Online Form & Rules


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Every year, the Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival holds the Westmoreland Art Nationals, a juried fine art and photography competition, featuring art from all around the country. Artists are permitted to enter as many pieces as they’d like to be considered in both of our exhibits.

The first exhibit will be held in Commissioners Hall at Westmoreland County Community College. The exhibit will run from Saturday, May 21 through Wednesday, June 8, with the Opening Reception on May 21 from 6-8 PM. Awards will be Announced at 7:00 PM on May 21 and posted on our Facebook page. The second exhibit will be held at the Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival on Thursday, June 30 through Sunday, July 3 with the Opening Reception set for Saturday, June 25 from 6-8 PM. Awards will be Announced at 7:00 PM on June 25 and posted on our Facebook page. Both shows are free and open to the public to attend.

Digital exhibitions will have artwork that is accepted into both exhibits and will also be displayed on our Facebook page and website. The first Exhibit will run from May 21 – June 18, 2022 and the second Exhibit will run from June 25 – July 23, 2022.

The People’s Choice Award will be decided by the number of votes received on-site through paper ballots as well as votes taken from our Facebook Page using the number of “Likes” on an image. Any accepted piece of artwork may be voted on to win the People’s Choice Award. Voters are permitted to cast one ballot per artist per day.

A total of $4,800 in prize money will be awarded in the following categories:

  • Best of Show
  • Painting
  • Graphics
  • Craft
  • Sculpture
  • Photography
  • Mixed Media
  • Digital Media/Digital Art
  • New Entrant
  • People’s Choice

Winners are selected for each exhibit and are not announced until the night of the Opening Receptions. Both shows provide excellent exposure and serve as wonderful networking opportunities to meet other distinguished artists.

Meet Our 2021 Jurors!

Nick Silvis – Greensburg, Pennsylvania

Nick Silvis is a 3D artist with an interest in large scale sculpture, installation art, and jewelry design. He received his AFA from Westmoreland County Community College and his BFA with a minor in art history from Seton Hill University. Nick enjoys curating and has worked as both Curatorial Assistant and Curator of the Westmoreland Art Nationals from 2016 to 2018. He has also worked as a Museum Assistant at the Lula W. Dorsey Museum at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado, where he installed the “Fred Payne Clatworthy: Documenting the History of the Estes Park YMCA” photograph collection.

Nick is community minded and is a member of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Society of Sculptors, the Greensburg Art Center, and the Rotary Club of Greensburg, Pennsylvania. He believes that art is healing and is important to include in hospital and therapeutic settings. He is currently working toward a degree in the medical field and hopes to bring his art background to the hospital setting by founding and operating a gallery space within the hospital to benefit both patients and the surrounding community.

Dan Overdorff – Latrobe, Pennsylvania

Born in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania, Dan Overdorff is a working artist, curator and teacher dedicated to the progress of fine arts in Southwestern Pennsylvania. He has obtained dual bachelor’s degrees in Landscape Architecture and education from West Virginia University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania respectfully, an associate’s degree in Fine Art from Westmoreland County Community College and holds vocational education certification in the state of Pennsylvania. Overdorff founded and served as the chief curator for the Headkeeper Artist Initiative in Greenburg, PA from 2011 to 2020, providing up and coming artists with a platform to bring their work to a broad audience. He has also served as curator, board member and exhibition juror on varying levels for You Are Here 406 gallery, Seton Hill University, the Westmoreland Art Nationals and The Westmoreland Museum of American Art. Currently, Dan is heavily involved in creating charitable events in Southwestern Pennsylvania while teaching Horticulture and Landscape Design at Forbes Road Career and Technology Center in Monroeville, PA.