We look forward to seeing you next year!

Congratulations to Payce Smith-Robbins for winning Best in Show!

Best in Show is awarded annually to a high school junior or senior visual art participant, as selected by the judges. The traveling trophy is displayed at the winner’s school until next year’s Youth Art Day! This year’s Best in Show award is presented in memory of Chris Lyter, a talented artist, dedicated volunteer and dear friend.

Chris Lyter, a contemporary American artist who played with light through a dynamic use of color, used a combination of smooth, refined brushstrokes and contrasting areas of thick, textured impasto to produce immersive works of art, both in abstract and realistic execution.

Prize donated by Jim & June Bricker.

Congratulations to Lara Vicente for winning People's Choice!

Attendees at Youth Art Day 2024 had the opportunity to vote for their favorite piece of visual art! We collected your ballots and tallied the numbers…And the winner of People’s Choice goes to… Greenwood Senior, Lara Vicente! for her monochromatic drawing, Freedom.

Thank you for all your fantastic submissions! We hope to see you at Youth Art Day 2025!

Congratulations to Payce Smith-Robbins for winning Best in Show!

Thank you for all your fantastic submissions! We hope to see you at Youth Art Day on April 6!



Basic Registration Information for Parents

Entry Guidelines

Registration Form

Art ID Tags

If the above links fail to open, please use the documents below.

THANK YOU to our 2024 Youth Art Day Volunteers!
Alissandra Cleveland
Allison Juliana
Angie Suder
Ben Cramer
Brittany Shetter
Charles Ricedorf
Cindy Roney
Deborah Rose
Devin Albrand
Frank Campbell
Jason Finnerty
Jim Bricker
John Guarnera
Jonathan Colbert
June Bricker
Laura Campbell
Lauren Eichelberger
Linda Kutz
Lisa Fraker
Lisa Lyter
Lynne Reeder








Our 2024 Youth Art Day Sponsors


Baird & Mary Jane Collins

Catherine “Muggs” Merwin

Cecile Willet

Cramer Law Office

CPRS – Physical Therapy

David M Myers Funeral Home Inc

Don Jacobs Insurance

Farmers Daughters Café

Hengst And Stirling Family Dental

Horn Hospital LLC

Hunters Valley Sportsmen’s Association

Judy Landis

Juniata Valley Bank

Laura Messner

Marylou Dudley

Millerstown Veterinary Associates

Newport Owls Club

Pamela Wolfersberger

Paul & Teena Beutel

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

Ranch House Restaurant


The Bank of Landisburg

The Hall Foundation

Tri-County Veterinary Services

VFW Post 882

VFW Post 7463

Submit and Pay for Entries Online

11:00-3:30           Art Show & ACTIVITIES

Student art show, with more than 800 pieces of K-12 visual art and literature

Information tables for creative opportunities

Food concessions to benefit Perry County arts programming

Drop-In Art, our free monthly make-and-take craft program for kids of all ages

Artist in Residence with hands-on pottery demonstrations


12:00 -1:30          PERFORMANCE SHOWCASE of PCCA and Community Opportunities

Coffeehouse Open Mic presented by Tony Oliveri – Grey Kitner performing

Little Buffalo Festival Youth Opportunities presented by Tony Oliveri

Poetic Excellence Awards presented by Tony Oliveri – Brooke Mitchell performing

New Bloomfield Lions Community Theatre presented by Gloria McPherson

PerryLive! presented by Dave Kutz – MoeJoe performing


1:45 -2:30 or until finished           LITERARY READINGS

Students will read their original poems, essays and short stories


3:00                        AWARDS CEREMONY in Auditorium


All Perry County students in Kindergarten through 12th grade are encouraged to participate. Students must reside in the county or attend a public, private, or home school in the county. Works created at home are eligible. Entries may be submitted on behalf of students by both their teachers and parents.

Entry Fee

Each entry requires a non-refundable $3 fee. If you are currently experiencing financial challenges, please contact to have your fee waived or indicate this on a printed registration form.

2022 Best in Show

Lucy Lightner

Senior, Newport High School

“Eye See You” multicolor drawing

PCCA Executive Director Jasmine Colbert, Lucy Lightner, and PA State Rep. Perry Stambaugh

2022 People's Choice

Peyton Dorwart

Sophomore, Newport High School

“The Hive” stained glass door

People’s Choice Award is determined by attendees at Youth Art Day, who vote for their favorite piece of art.

2022 Director's Choice Exhibition

Entries by the following students were selected for inclusion in an upcoming exhibit at PCCA’s Landis House, 67 N. Fourth Street, highlighting standout pieces from Youth Art Day.

Colton Albright, Sadie Appleberry, Lane Arnold, Lacie Boyer, Abigail Brightbill, Grace Buckley, Wyatt Caldwell, Jonah Caudle, Dylan Ciccocioppo, Vivian Cockley, Adrian Comp, Rowen Davis, Colte Degiglio, Peyton Dorwart, Madison Egresits, Danielle Failor, Emily Finton, Paige Gantt, Elisa Gilcrease, Julie Gisewhite, Cole Klinger, Madison Kurylo, Lucy Lightner, Sophia Meglio, Grace Miller, Emmaus Roberts, Dawson Seidel Kennedy, Connie Sheaffer, Rocky Shuler, Victoria Signor, Jordyn Turnbaugh, and Spencer Watts

2022 Art Uplifts Outdoor Exhibition

Entries by the following students were selected for inclusion in an upcoming outdoor art exhibition that will travel to various community parks.

Shelby Bowen, Emma File, Madison Kurylo, Lucy Lightner, Aubrey Mitchell, and Grace Simpson

RSVP for the Director's Choice Exhibition

If you received a letter stating that your student’s Youth Art Day artwork was chosen for the Director’s Choice exhibition, please RSVP their participation below.

    Parent First and Last Name (required)

    Student First and Last Name (required)

    Student's School (required)

    Student's Grade (required)

    Phone (required)

    Email Address (required)

    RSVP for the Art Uplifts Outdoor Exhibition

    If you received a letter stating that your student’s Youth Art Day artwork was chosen for the Art Uplifts outdoor exhibition, please RSVP their participation below.

      Parent First and Last Name (required)

      Student First and Last Name (required)

      Student's School (required)

      Student's Grade (required)

      Phone (required)

      Email Address (required)

      Entry Guidelines

      Perry County Council of the Arts Staff and Board of Directors are proud to present the 2021 Virtual Youth Art Day Showcase!

      Please enjoy the outstanding creative works of Perry County’s youth and consider sharing our Youth Art Day social media posts and YouTube videos.

      Youth Art Day is a county-wide youth art exhibition that showcases the creativity and talent of Perry County students, which is typically held at each Perry County school on a rotating basis. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Youth Art Day 2021 is being displayed virtually, as it was last year. We hope to see you in person at next year’s Youth Art Day!

      Youth Art Day is generously sponsored by the following organizations, businesses and individuals:
      Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, abc27, Bank of Landisburg, Don Jacobs Insurance, Hall Foundation, Hempt Bros., Inc., Hengst Family Dental, Hunters Valley Sportsmens Association, Sheetz, Spiral Path Farm, Devin Albrand, Bob & Edna Baker, Paul & Teena Beutel, Baird & Mary Jane Collins, Marylou Dudley, Kelley & Dave Griswold, Frances Hershey, Arlis & Stanley Krammes, Darlene Kvaternik, Judy Landis, Clyde & Barbara McGeary, Tracy Meisinger-Troutman, Steve & Laura Messner, Gene & Kathy Odato, Ann & Richard Shull, Hannah Smith-Brubaker, Irene VanBuskirk, Tom & Carol Vracarich, Cecile Willet, Diane & Ross Witcoski, Pam & Michael Wolfersberger.

      THANK YOU!


      2021 AWARD WINNERS


      Little Red Octopus

      Multi-color Drawing

      by Cailey Glatz, 12th Grade, Greenwood High School

      Cailey received the top visual art honor out of 412 entries, winning a $250 cash prize and the grand prize trophy to display at her school.


      Each year, Perry County Council of the Arts hosts a special exhibition featuring young standout artists and their works from Youth Art Day. Director’s Choice artwork is featured below on our website and will be included in a special exhibition at PCCA Gallery and in our online webstore, where students will have the opportunity to sell their work.


      The following student artwork was selected to be featured in PCCA’s 2021 “Art Uplifts” touring outdoor exhibition, with local art printed on durable yard signs for display along walking paths in regional community parks.

      A Fresh Start

      Oil & Acrylic

      by Amiah Barner, 9th Grade, Greenwood High School

      A Vibrant Bloom


      by Cailey Glatz, 12th Grade, Greenwood High School



      by Madelynn Smiley, 4th Grade, Susquenita Elementary School

      Life’s Close-ups 2: Glitter


      by Spencer Watts, 11th Grade, Greenwood High School


      2014 Youth Art Day Best in Show winner Emily Keniston curated and designed Youth Art Day 2021 greeting cards using outstanding student artwork from this year’s virtual showcase. The cards will be available for our members and for purchase at PCCA Gallery.

      Morning Walk


      by Sarah Gleixner, 12th Grade
      Susquenita High School



      by Sophia Meglio, 7th Grade
      West Perry Middle School

      Picasso Portrait

      Charcoal & Pastel

      by Leah Nickel, 3rd Grade
      Susquenita Elementary School

      My Flower


      by Korimae Reisinger, 7th Grade
      Newport Middle School

      Flower Vase

      Charcoal & Pastel

      by Kiara Turpin, 11th Grade
      Susquenita High School





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      Photographs by Shannon Rae Photography