Thomases Art Gallery

The Thomases Family Endowment Art Gallery is located in the main hall of the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown. The gallery hosts six to seven exhibitions per year, primarily showcasing diverse artistic perspectives from local and regional artists and also showing the work of artists from across the United States. Exhibitions typically run for six weeks with an artist reception held to open the show.  At least one exhibition every year focuses on a Jewish cultural connection.


Shaping Stories | Nancy Schwartz Katz

Now open in the Thomases Family Endowment Art Gallery!

Monday, September 14 - Thursday, September 24  

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From exquisite custom ketubot to paintings and papercuts illustrating bible stories, to Cleveland’s “Guitar Mania” public art project, artist Nancy Schwartz-Katz is a master of capturing moments in time, and connecting people through “the stories that bind us” as illuminated in her art.

A graduate of Manhattan’s Parsons School of Design with a major in Drawing and Conceptual thinking (Illustration), Nancy also studied drawing privately under artist David Passalacqua. After spending her 20s working for the internationally acclaimed studio, The Pushpin Group, she returned to Cleveland to continue developing her own career in art.

For the past 20 years, she has specialized in creating Judaic art. Through the use of a variety of media, she is adept at telling the stories of individuals, organizations, history, and ultimately, humanity. Through her use of color, materials and variation of detail, she is able to create a unique way of applying symbolism, enhancing a particular story in order to define the salient features of the subject matter. Nancy most prefers working with gouache on paper and papercutting.

Nancy’s art appeals to individuals, corporations and non-profits and can be found in several permanent collections. Her body of work includes over 300 private commissions, and approximately 600 laser cuts, paper cuts, limited-edition lithographs, and paintings.

 Near and Distant Shores | Krista Machovina

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Krista Machovina is a painter and mixed media artist. She holds a BFA in Art Education from the University of Illinois and a Master of Arts in Art Therapy from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. Krista maintains a studio at Keystone Art Space, a fine and industrial arts complex in Los Angeles. Her work features portraits of many of her family members during the 1920s and 1930s on vacation on the beaches of Lake Erie.

 The Thomases Family Endowment Art Gallery Exhibitions Committee reviews proposals for exhibitions several times per year, and artists are encouraged to apply at any time.  The submission of materials does not constitute automatic acceptance into programming.  The curator and exhibitions committee reserve the right to selection of artists, and their artwork, based on quality and display requirements.

Eligibility is open to artists 18 years or older.  Interested artists should send an artist statement, resume or curriculum vitae, 4 or more images (JPG or PDF), and an image list indicating the title, dimensions, medium, and date to

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