The Update | Hoyt Art Competition Seeks Entries; ‘Sondheim’ at Westminster

NEW CASTLE, Pa. – Entries are being sought for the 2023 Hoyt Regional Juried Art Competition.

The competition is open to artists within a 250-mile radius of New Castle. The winners will share in over $1,500 in cash prizes.

Louis Zona, executive director of The Butler Institute of American Art, is the juror for the competition.

All media except video and installation will be considered. Participants must be at least 18 years old, and their entries must have been completed within the last three years. The deadline to submit entries is Feb. 3. Applications and rules can be found at

Those need assistance in preparing their entry can attend an artist prep workshop on Saturday, Jan. 21, at 11 a.m. 

‘Sondheim on Sondheim’ at Westminster

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – The Westminster College Department of Theatre and the School of Music will present “Sondheim on Sondheim” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, and Saturday, Nov. 12, in Beeghly Theater on the ollege’s campus.

The first musical theater production at Westminster College since the pandemic, “Sondheim on Sondheim” by James Lapine will feature 13 student vocalists and a nine-person orchestra of student musicians performing various songs written by the famed composer and lyricist.

The show is an intimate portrait of Sondheim in his own words and music. Using exclusive interview footage, audiences will get an inside look at the personal life and artistic process of the songwriter.

The production is open to the public. General admission tickets are $5. All tickets will be sold at the door.

Lecture on Youngstown’s First Detective

YOUNGSTOWN – Traci Manning will deliver a free presentation, “George B. Moyer: Youngstown’s First Detective,” at noon Thursday, Nov. 17, in the Thomas Ballroom at the Tyler History Center, downtown.

The lecture is part of the Mahoning Valley Historical Society’s Bites and Bits of History series.

In 1895, Moyer was appointed the first detective in the Youngstown Police Department, a position he served with distinction. Through the use of original police registers, Manning’s presentation will explore the early history of YPD, several landmark crimes, and Moyer’s legacy.

Pictured at top: The 2022 winner of the Hoyt Regional Juried Art Competition is this digital photo collage by Koon Hwee Kan of Kent titled, “Scan for Sugar Coated Facts.”

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.