The Allegany Arts Council and its Saville and Schwab Galleries are pleased to announce the
21st Annual Will’s Creek Exhibition of Fine Art
scheduled to take place
August 29-September 26, 2020.

About the Show

The competition focuses on contemporary art, showcasing a wide variety of art forms, mediums and expressions. This national, juried show offers more than $4,000 in prize awards and has been a staple of the Council’s programming for two decades.

Due to the impact of COVID-19, in 2020 we will host both a virtual exhibition in our Digital Gallery along with a physical exhibition in our galleries located in Cumberland, Maryland.

A Virtual Awards Presentation & Juror’s Talk will take place Saturday, September 12, 2020, beginning at 7:00PM via Facebook Live! @AlleganyArtsCouncil. Watch here!

The exhibition will run from August 29 - September 26, 2020.

The Call

Annually, entries are accepted through Call for Entry, an online entry platform. The 2020 exhibition call is now closed.

The Theme

The theme for this year's exhibition and competition is "Shelter".

Shelter can be defined as an establishment that affords protection, cover, food and safety for the homeless, orphaned, or abandoned. Shelter can also be synonymous with home—space to seek refuge from the erratic elements of mother nature, to raise a family or to create personal, private space. Shelter too can be found abstractly through intimacy, such as the familial bonds of a child finding safety in a mother’s arms or the warmth and reassurance of a lover’s embrace.

Climate change, public health crises, migration, have all undermined our collective sense of permanence and shelter. Once understood to be a fixed physical structure, the definition of shelter now feels precarious, subject to change, and boundaries of our private spaces have now become blurred as homes are becoming multifunctional spaces for living, working, schooling, and caring for immediate and extended family members. The habits, functions and fundamental conception of shelter—how we create it, understand it and see it—is now more than ever being redefined. This exhibition will offer various perspectives on shelter by straddling both physical realms of refuge and protection, and the psychological, emotional bonds constituted by human connection.


The 21st Annual Will's Creek Exhibition of Fine Art will offer more than $4000 in prize money in the following categories:

Best in Show:


First Place:


Second Place:


Third Place:


Honorable Mention:


People’s Choice:


Meet the Juror

We are pleased to announce the 2020 juror for the 21st Annual Will's Creek Exhibition of Fine Art is Jessica Beck, Milton Fine Curator of Art at The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Beck has curated many projects including: Andy Warhol: My Perfect Body in 2016 and Devan Shimoyama: Cry, Baby in 2018—the artist’s first solo museum exhibition, which debuted at The Andy Warhol Museum to great acclaim from The New York Times and The Burlington Contemporary. In 2019, she co-curated Kim Gorodn’s first museum solo exhibition in North America, Kim Gordon: Lo-Fi Glamour. Beck has published widely with The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Cantor Center for the Arts, Gagosian Quarterly, and Burlington Magazine.

In 2017 and 2018, Beck served as the visiting scholar at Carnegie Mellon School of Art, where she taught critical studies and thesis writing seminars. She completed her MA with distinction from the Courtauld Institute of Art.



Al & Donna Hunt
The Doug & Betsey Schwab & Family Foundation


Dr. Peter Halmos
William Davis & John Hart
Frank Fotia & Patricia Hilton
Al Delia & Cecelia Karas
Sandi Saville
Nick & Tama Scarpelli
Gary Phillips & Ann Townsell


Bob & Chayo de Chevez
Martin & Gale Heavner
Huber, Michaels & Company
James Guy & Donna Miller
Vic Rezendes & John Minnich
Keith Broome & Ben Osten
Louis Van Hollen & Yvonne Perret
John Short & Clara Porcello
Mary Splain Shrout
Stephen Wilkinson
Jack & Karen Zealand


Dr. Curtis & Nancy Friedenberg
Bernice Friedland

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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.
Sandi Saville, Co-Chair
Ann Townsell, Co-Chair
Frank Fotia
Pam Griffith
Kelly Mackie
Clara Porcello
Tama Scarpelli
Chris Sloan