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886001_10153355318707808_3143925224255353756_oWe are beyond excited and grateful to announce that through the Kerlins’ outstanding leadership we not only met, but exceeded, our capital campaign goal!  Nearly 200 generous individuals, businesses, and foundations in York donated to the YorkArts Capital Campaign, raising a total of $1,500,000!

Thank you to every single donor, and everyone who helped bolster support for this campaign.  You have made this possible, and we cannot wait to share with you the impact of your investment!

The campaign may be over, but our work is just beginning.

The money raised through the campaign will support three targeted areas of growth, which call for some major upgrades and renovations to our buildings at 10 N. Beaver and 118 W. Philadelphia.  We are slated to begin renovations in July with a grand re-opening slated for the fall.

Meanwhile, we will offer Arts Discovery Camps, our popular children summer classes, at Paul Smith Library in Shrewsbury and Martin Library in York.  Class registration must be done through YorkArts.

YorkArts volunteers will still bring free art activities to the parks from June 22 – August 14 during this year’s Art in the Parks program.  Art in the Parks is a free art program held weeknights at various York City parks and housing communities. (yorkarts.org/art-in-the-parks)


Pictured, left to right: Kevin Lenkner, YorkArts Executive Director; Donna Sylvester, YorkArts Board President; Bill and Kim Kerlin, co-chairs of the Capital Campaign; and Ed Bird, YorkArts Board Member. Taken at the June 24 Capital Campaign Celebration at Central Market.

Yorkfest Adult Literary Competition

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The Yorkfest Adult Juried Literary Competition is open to anyone 18 years of age or older. The four categories for the competition are Poetry/Short, Poetry/Long, Non-Fiction Prose, and Fiction Prose. All entries must be original, titled, unpublished works submitted by author.

This year, first place in each category will receive a cash prize of $250 . Ribbons will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rdin each category.

An awards ceremony will take place on Friday, August 28, 2015, at 7pm at the Agriculutral & Industrial Museum of York, 217 West Princess Street in downtown York, PA.

All entries must be received by 2pm, Wed., July 1, 2015.

 Download the entry form HERE for more information on how to submit works

Yorkfest is York’s premier fine arts and music festival. This year’s festival will take place on Saturday, August 29 until Sunday, August 30, 2015. Visit the Yorkfest page of our website for more events and ways to participate in this city-wide event.

Yorkfest Juried Exhibit 2015: Call for Works

yorkfestcfwimage2015For submission requirements and exhibit details, download the official entry form  below:


~No longer accepting submissions~


printable entry form

The 2015 Yorkfest exhibit will be held at the Agricultural & Industrial Museum

Important Exhibit Dates:

Deadline for Entry
June 1, 2015
(entries can be made online through our website, or mailed to YorkArts)

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Delivery of Art Work
** to the Agricultural and Industrial Museum, 217 W. Princess St., York, PA.
Thursday, August 20, 10am-4pm
Friday, August 21, 10am-4pm
Saturday, August 22, 10am-4pm

Exhibit Reception and Awards Ceremony
** at the Agricultural and Industrial Museum, 217 W. Princess St., York, PA.
Friday, August 28, 6-8pm

Open Hours

Aug 29, 10am-5pm (Yorkfest)
Aug 30, 10am – 4pm (Yorkfest)
Sept. 1 – Sept 4, 10am- 4pm
Sept. 4, 5pm-9pm (First Friday)

Pick Up Artwork
** from the Agricultural and Industrial Museum, 217 W. Princess St., York, PA.
Saturday, September 5, 10am-2pm
Tuesday, September 8, 10am-2pm

About the Juror…

Cheryl Agulnick Hochberg is Chairperson in the Fine Arts Department of Kutztown University. As a Professor at Kutztown University, she regularly teaches drawing courses and a professional practices class. She also serves as the advisor for “Eckhaus”, a student-run gallery on Main Street in Kutztown and is on the Board of FUSE arts infrastructure, Allentown, PA.

Hochberg received her BFA from The Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and her MFA from the University of Wisconsin/Madison.

Cheryl’s work has been exhibited throughout the country. Her recent solo exhibitions include Allentown Art Museum, Montgomery College in Takoma Park, MD, The Banana Factory in Bethlehem, PA and Sweetbriar College in Lynchburg, VA. Her work has been included in group exhibitions, most recently at the Ice Box in Philadelphia, the Kirkland Art Center in Clinton, NY, the Andrews Art Museum in Andrews, NC, the Allentown Art Museum, the Fowler Family Center in Bethlehem, PA, as well as in many university gallery exhibitions.

About YorkFest:

Yorkfest is a weekend-long premier fine arts and music festival held along the Codorus River (surrounding the Colonial Courthouse) in historic downtown York. Yorkfest features over 80 fine artists from all around the country, free entertainment and hands-on art activities. This year’s festival will take place Friday, August 28 until Sunday, August 30, 2014. Yorkfest is held rain or shine.

“Art Memoir”, Collecting Cultural Icons Part 2

YorkArts Presents:


“In our minds, buying art is a lot like buying wine … buy what you like!  Don’t be intimidated by labels, names or prices.  We all have different tastes, and there is room for many different types of art … and wine.  The really good stuff will stand the test of time!” - Ralph Serpe & Bryan Tate

Join us in YorkArts Gallery April 30 – May 23 for Art Memoir, featuring artwork from the collection of Bryan Tate and Ralph Serpe.  Art Memoir makes up the part 2 of YorkArts Collecting Cultural Icons exhibit series which celebrates the role of the collector.

A special collector’s event for this exhibit will be held on May 20th in YorkArts gallery, during which the featured collectors will discuss their collection with the audience over light refreshments.

About the Collectors…

Ralph Serpe & Bryan Tate
York, Pennsylvania

Collector’s Statement:

We are very interested in collecting original art and supporting artists and their craft.  Just like all members of our community, artists have a very important role to play, and we are compelled to support them.    We are not only drawn to art that we find visually pleasing, but we seem to be especially drawn to art that tells a story.  We appreciate when the artist has a connection to what he or she created or when we have a particular connection to the subject.

In our collection, there are two main themes:

  • We generally know who the artists are and interact with them in our life someway.  We are very fond of several artists in our community and we love their work.  While a few of them are represented in our collection today, a few others will be incorporated in the future, and we look forward to that.
  • We also tend to be drawn to art that is representative of our community, the City of York.  We love York City, and we love collecting art that depicts things we love in York.

That combination of love of artist and love of subject is very much represented here.

In our minds, buying art is a lot like buying wine … buy what you like!  Don’t be intimidated by labels, names or prices.  We all have different tastes, and there is room for many different types of art … and wine.  The really good stuff will stand the test of time!

Thank you!


On behalf of Art Collecting Month, YorkArts will be posting testimonials from these local art collectors throughout April. Visit our Collectors’ Testimonial Page

About YorkArts’ Collecting Cultural Icons Exhibits:

Every Spring, YorkArts celebrates the fundamental role of “The Collector” in the art world. The purpose of our exhibition series is to highlight local collectors and the artwork they’ve collected, as well as to inspire gallery visitors to start building collections of their own.

More about Art Collector’s Month

Gallery Hours:

  • Tuesdays: 10:00am-2:00pm
  • Thursdays: 10:00am-2:00pm
  • Saturdays: 10:00am-2:00pm
  • First Fridays: 5:00pm-9:00pm
  • (or by appointment)
  • *gallery tours available by appointment