ARTWorks Guidelines & Rules


23rd Anniversary in Pittsburgh



  • Participants must be an employee, an immediate family member or household member of an employee of the City of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Parking Authority, PIttsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, Housing Authority, Urban Redevelopement Authority, or a retiree.
  • All entries submitted must be the original work of the applicant completed within the last three years. Not accepted: copies, kits, paint-by-number pieces, photocopies or photographs of artwork, magazine or book illustrations, random snapshots.
  • The National Arts Program® and the City of Pittsburgh reserve the right to disqualify entries that they consider to be unacceptable or inappropriate for a public exhibit.
  • No entries from previous exhibits of The National Arts Program® in Pittsburgh will be accepted.



  1. Painting (oil, acrylic, watercolor)
  2. Works on Paper (watercolor, pencil, ink, charcoal, pastel, marker, crayon, digital)
  3. Photography (black and white, color, digital)
  4. Sculpture
  5. Craft (ceramic, glasswork, jewelry, woodcarving, fiber)
  6. Mixed Media (a work of visual art that combines more than one medium)



Artwork will be judged in the classification of the artist’s selection; however, the exhibition judges will make the final determination in some cases.


Amateur – a person with little or no experience

Intermediate – a person with some experience or beginning art students

Professional – a person with serious art training or employed in an art related job

Youth / Teen Youth

      12 years old and under

      Teen 13-18 years old



Prizes will be awarded by classification:

Adult (Amateur, Intermediate, Professional)

3 – First Place Awards of $350

3 – Second Place Awards of $250

3 – Third Place Awards of $150

Best of Show – $400

Youth/Teen (Youth 12 and under; Teen 13-18)

2 – First Place Awards of $150

2 – Second Place Awards of $100

2 – Third Place Awards of $50

Art Education – $200

  • Honorable Mention Ribbons will be awarded at the discretion of the judges.
  • Awards are limited to one cash award per artist per classification.
  • Each artist receives a Certificate of Participation in The National Arts Program®.
  • Each artist receives a continuing art education scholarship to the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and Media.



  • Submit only entries which fit into the listed medium categories.
  • All artwork will receive a NAP identification label; provided at drop off and placed on the back of work.
  • All 2-dimensional entries must be matted, framed and/or ready to hang with wire securely across the back.
  • All work must measure no more than 48” in any direction or weigh more than 50 pounds unless otherwise stipulated.
  • Artwork that does not meet size limitations or specifications will be disqualified before judging.



Submission Deadline: Submission deadline is Thursday, April 4, 2024 at 4 PM. You can now register online HERE OR you can print and fill out a submission form to bring with your art drop-off HERE.  Hard copy forms may be obtained by contacting, CITIPARKS, Community Enrichment Office at 412-665-3665.

Delivering Entries: Delivery Date Drop-offs are Monday-Thursday, April 1 through April 4, 2024 from 8AM to 4PM to CITIPARKS Community Enrichment Center at the Marshall Mansion, 6300 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232. You will need to register online or complete a printed submission form to bring with your artwork.  A receipt for your artwork will be assigned at drop-off.


Ceremony: A reception and presentation of awards will be held at the Marshall Mansion, 6300 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232 on Friday, April,12, 2024 from 5 PM to 8 PM.

Public Exhibit: The exhibit will be open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (4/8 through 4/26) at the Marshall Mansion, 6300 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232. The exhibit is free to the public. CLOSED Saturdays & Sundays.

Retrieving Entries: Each artist is responsible for retrieving his/her artwork between Monday, April 29, Tuesday, April 30 and Wednesday, May 1, 2024 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Marshall Mansion, 6300 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232. The City of Pittsburgh nor The National Arts Program® are not responsible for unclaimed work. Any unclaimed artwork will be donated to charity after May 1, 2024. Participants must present their receipt for artwork at the time of retrieval.

Liability: Every attempt will be made to preserve, secure and protect each entry submitted; but neither The National Arts Program® nor the City of Pittsburgh can be held responsible for damages, loss of art entries, or changes/cancellation of this exhibit due to low participation or unforeseen circumstances. The placing of art in the exhibition constitutes an agreement on the part of the entrant with conditions herein set forth. The National Arts Program Foundation and the City of Pittsburgh reserve the right to publish for publicity purposes reproductions of the entries. The National Arts Program® in Pittsburgh, PA is a public exhibit and photographing/filming of the exhibit is encouraged.