The Allegany Arts Council and its Saville Gallery is pleased to announce the
24th Annual Will’s Creek Exhibition of Fine Art
August 26-September 23, 2023.

About the Show

The Will's Creek Competition & Exhibition of Fine Art is one of the signature events of the Allegany Arts Council, celebrating contemporary art in a variety of mediums.

Now, more than 20 years since its inception, the show continues to stretch the boundaries of contemporary art that reflect the issues that shape our world.

The exhibition will run in the Saville Gallery from August 26-September 23, 2023!

The Call

The call for entry is now closed and artists have been notified. We received more than 400 entries in 2023 - thank you!


More than $4000 in prize money is awarded to the winning artists in 2023:

Best of Show $1500
First Place $1000
Second Place $750
Third Place $500
Honorable Mention $250
People's Choice $100

Meet the Juror

Michael Lease
Director, Facilities and Experience Design
Institute for Contemporary Art, Virginia Commonwealth University

Michael Lease is an artist, educator, and curator based in Richmond, Virginia. Michael makes work with a focus on collaborative durational photographic and music projects that address a shared vocabulary of objects, places, and experiences. As an educator, Michael specializes in coursework that allows students to reveal, document, and exhibit complex and important stories about their varied communities. Michael earned a BFA from Frostburg State University, and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. Currently, he is the director of facilities and experience design at the Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU.



Doug Schwab & Betsey Hurwitz-Schwab


Martin & Gale Heavner
Frank Fotia & Patricia Hilton
Nick & Tama Scarpelli
Sandra Saville
Gary Phillips & Ann Townsell


Robert & Chayo de Chevez
Maureen Connelly
Al Delia & Cecelia Karas
James Guy & Donna Miller
Vic Rezendes & John Minnich
Opposite Genders Salon, Inc.
Louis Van Hollen & Yvonne Perret
John Short & Clara Porcello
Mary S. Shrout
Jack & Karen Zealand

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Our Team

Each year, the Wills Creek Committee champions this competition by selecting an accomplished and notable juror, soliciting sponsorship funds, and giving time, talent and commitment to the exhibition. The following are part of the team – thank you for all you do to support us.
Barry Gurley, Co-Chair
Ann Townsell, Co-Chair
Frank Fotia
Donna Miller
Clara Porcello
Tama Scarpelli
Chris Sloan