Theme: Happiness is a Box of Cards          

Artists should design a picture of what makes them happy.  This inspirational piece of artwork will have the opportunity to be published in a box of cards to make someone else happy.  A free box of cards will be given to first place winners and the People's Choice award.  Additional boxes of cards will be available the purchase after the competition.

Entries will be judged by a committee on the following:

  • Concept
  • Creativity
  • Originality
  • Interpretation and Execution of the theme
  • Overall design


Work by all artists living in the Mon Valley area (includes Belle Vernon, Bentworth, Brownsville, California, Charleroi, Frazier, Ringgold, Monessen and Yough School Districts)

Contest Information

  • March 20 -June 17 Excepting entries for Artwork
  • July 1 Opening Exhibit/Reception and Awards in Age Categories Presented
    • Age Categories:
      • 8-11
      • 12-14
      • 15-18
      • 19-79+
    • People's Choice Award will be presented after August 17
  • Awards (All four age categories will have 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners)
    • Peoples Choice Award: $100 + Artwork and artist name will be published in a Box of Cards
    • 1st Place: $100 + Artwork and artist name will be published in a Box of Cards
    • 2nd Place: $50
    • 3rd Place: $25

Exhibit Locations:

  • Southwestern Pennsylvania Human Services (SPHS) July 1st to July 14th
  • Rostraver Library July 17th to July 28th
  • Monessen Library August 5th to August 17th

How To  Enter the Competition:

  1. Go and complete the pre-registration form located at
  2. Complete Entry Form (Forms can be obtained from your art school teacher, local library or download pdf form here.)
  3. Take your artwork and completed Entry Form to your local library.

(See list of bios ) Judges

Attention Artists!  Your pieces will be returned to the local library in the week after the last exhibit at Monessen Library August 17th.  You will receive notification via email after the your pieces have been delivered.

2017 Mid Mon Valley Art Competition

Mid Mon Valley Cultural Trust