Winners of the 2022 Tikkanen Prize

We’re delighted to announce the winners of the 2022 Paul & Norma Tikkanen Painting Prize! Saturday night’s reception was a great event celebrating some truly phenomenal creative talent from northeast Ohio and northwest Pennsylvania artists.

Congratulations to this year’s winners and final-round entrants — we look forward to next year’s competition.

First Place Realism: Ewuresi Archer, “MADAM”

First Place Abstract: Susan Squires, “reflection”

Second Place Realism: Elisa Albrecht, “Spark”

Second Place Abstract: Phillip Buntin, “Narrow Bands Divide Us, Fall Away”

Honorable Mentions:

Judy Takacs, “Trust Women”

David A. Leas, “Untitled”

Alison Stinely, “Conglomerate V”

Leigh Brooklyn, “We Have Come to Save You”

Rebecca Kaler, “The Lake Series #2”

Mathew Kolodziej, “Vessel”

The Tikkanen Prize exhibit will be on display through October 31. Our gallery is open Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m., as well as before shows and during intermission. Admission to the gallery is free.

Plein Aire show winners

Best in Show: “View from Harpersfield Bridge,” Robin Borer, oil painting Alla Prima
First Place Painting: “Hell’s Hollow,” Robin Borer, oil painting Alla Prima
Second Place Painting: “The Home Creek Bed,” Ralph Bacon, acrylic
First Place Graphics: “Skyscape #3,” Glenn Morisue, charcoal
Second Place Graphics: “Another Viewpoint (Conneaut Harbor),” Rosemary Bennet, pastel
Jurors’ Merit Awards: “Windswept Tree (Wright Memorial Property, Outer Banks, NC),” oil pastel; & “Into the Apple Tree,” Dominic Keim, acrylic
“Congrats to all! All beautiful entries! Decisions were based on best efforts in capturing a moment in time I was looking for the most effective spontaneous depiction of the great outdoors.” — Juror Mark Badzik

Accepted work for “Plein Aire” exhibit

Accepted art for the 2021 Ashtabula Art Center Plein Aire Juried Art Show:

Dee Riley – “Riley’s Pond”

Dominic Keim – “The Fourth Window,” “Meadow Waves,” “Into the Apple Tree”

Laura Dressler – “Chapin Forest,” “Indiana Barn,” “Black Dog Bookstore”

Glenn Morisue – “Skyscape #1,” “Skyscape #2,” “Skyscape #3”

Nancy Nelson-Brotz – “Luvin Lavender Field,” “Red Glads By My Back Door,” “Windswept, Wright Memorial Grounds OBX”

Robin Borer – “Hells Hollow,” “Nelson’s Ledges,” “View from Harpersfield Bridge”

Rosemary K. Bennett – “Creek Road Kayaks,” “Conneaut Harbor- Another Viewpoint,” “Conneaut Creek/Mill St. Bridge”

Ralph Bacon – “Ashtabula River Bend,” “‘Bula River Cliff,” “The Home Creek Bed”

Winners of “Art in Isolation” show

Congratulations to the winners of “Art in Isolation.” Winners were chosen by juror Lisa Ruschman.

Best in Show: “Solitary Celebration,” Nancy Baker

Painting – First Place: “Art on the Wall – Chris Davis,” Judy Campbell
Painting – Second Place: “Pieces of Herself,” Juniper Mainelis
Painting – Third Place: “Ashtabula at Blakeslee Run,” Ralph Bacon
Painting – Honorable Mention: “Solace Beneath the Surface,” Susan Snipes

Graphics – First Place: “Folding In,” Linda Janosko
Graphics –  Second Place: “Magic Lamp,” Kaitlyn Kirchmeir
Graphics – Third Place: “Emotionless,” Angel Kaiser

3D – First Place: “Rapunzel,” Diane Montagino
3D – Second Place: “Solid Road,” Rebecca Stowell
3D – Third Place: “Nativity,” David Gildersleeve

Fiber – First Place: “Love Knows No Barrier,” Mattie Dramis
Fiber – Second Place: COVID-19, Rosemary Humphrey

Mixed Media – First Place: “By My Window,” Dennis Mastrangelo
Mixed Media – Second Place: “Gone or Imprisoned,” Diana Montagino
Mixed Media – Third Place: “Tunnel Vision,” Julie Cook

Art from “Women’s Rights” exhibit available for purchase

Many of the pieces from our “Women’s Rights” exhibit are available for purchase.
To order online, use the link provided for each piece. Email Nancy Nelson-Brotz at to arrange pickup or delivery (NE Ohio only).
To order and arrange pickup/delivery by phone, call (440) 964-3396.
Pieces here are available through May 30, 2020.


by Katey Hudson
8″ x 10″

“The Fight for Women”
by Katey Hudson
16″ x 20″

“I Am Woman”
by Bev O’Reilly
mixed media
28″ x 22.5″, framed w/glass

by Diane Fleisch-Hughes
ink on yupo
14″ x 20″, framed w/glass

by Diane Fleisch-Hughes
ink on yupo
14″ x 20″, framed w/glass

by Sydney Manis
12″ x 18″, framed w/glass

by Emily Glink
mixed media
12″ x 15″, framed w/glass

“Title IX”
by Tracy Zakraysek
digital (giclee print)
18.5″ x 22.5″, framed w/glass

“Frida Kahlo”
by Tangerine Tirado
16″ x 20″

“No More Stolen Sisters”
by Nancy Nelson-Brotz
oil pastel
22″ x 26″, framed w/glass

“RBG’s Dissent Collar”
by Belinda J. Rogers
14″ x 14″

“RBG’s Majority Jabot”
by Belinda J. Rogers
14″ x 14″

“Moving on Up!”
by Judy Campbell
acrylic on wood panel
24″ x 48″

“Shirtwaist Liberties: Triangle Fire, 1911”
by Susan Phillips
18″ x 24″

“Women’s Prayer Flags”
by Valerie Rose Gale
mixed media on muslin cloth
approx. 120″ x 7″

“Fight Like a Girl”
by Elizabeth Ginn
22″ x 28″


Private art lessons are now available

The Arts Center is now offering private instruction in visual arts. Students can receive one-on-one artistic guidance from a professional artist, learning foundational art techniques that support their unique goals. Build a personal artist portfolio, or get professional feedback and guidance on an existing portfolio. Private art lessons are available for all experience levels and ages, and are held at the Ashtabula Arts Center. All lessons are $30 an hour. For mediums in which students must provide their own materials, a materials list will be provided prior to the first lesson. Call (440) 964-3396 to arrange a lesson schedule.

Instructors & Mediums:
Jim Loomis – Drawing, Art Portfolio Mentor
Ralph Bacon – Drawing, Acrylics, Art Portfolio Mentor
Nancy Nelson-Brotz – Mosaics, Oil Pastels, Needle Felting
Rebecca Ollikainen – Drawing, Watercolors
Sandy Rill – Sculpture, Clay
Mary Underwood – Chalk Pastels