Westmoreland Art Nationals Juried Fine Art & Photography Exhibit

2023 WAN Online Entry Form & Prospectus


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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 2022 Jurors

Kate Cherry (Meridian, MS)

Kate Cherry has served as the Director for Meridian Museum of Art since 2008. During her directorship, she has curated over one hundred exhibitions for viewing in the museum’s galleries. Her leadership has brought many new programs to the museum; such as Afterschool Classes, Homeschool Workshops, Outreach Services to schools and organizations, the Meridian Museum Art Collective (Mural Group), and a completed building renovation. The museum’s 48th Annual Bi-State Art Competition and Exhibition which will be held during the late summer of 2022 competition is the oldest juried competition of the region. Kate has handled all aspects of this competition from selecting the juror, handling all entries for the juror, and installation of the works.

Kate looks forward to viewing all works in this upcoming art nationals.

Mary Ellen Wehrli (Lewisville, TX)

A native of San Francisco, CA, Mary Ellen now resides in Lewisville, TX. Her formal art studies began some 50+ years ago at San Jose State University and the College of San Mateo.

She has exhibited in many juried shows throughout California and Texas and has been a juror for several art organizations.

Her artwork is exhibited in many public buildings including the Santa Paula Museum,  the Newport Museum, and the San Diego Museum. She was the Fine Arts Supervisor for the Orange County Fair, the Fine Art Coordinator for the Los Angles County Fair, and the Events Coordinator for the Art-A-Fair Festival in Laguna Beach, CA.

Her murals are featured on the front of the Art-A-Fair building.