October was National Pizza Month and ARTSNCT, Newcomerstown’s new arts center, celebrated pizza with its first annual Pizza Box Art Contest and Exhibit.

Local art class teachers and instructors were asked to inspire each of their students to recycle a pizza box and create a unique and imaginative piece of art.

The arts center partnered with Damon’s American Pizza, Dominos, and Terry’s Pizza for this program and a student from each of the three participating schools will win a pizza party for their entire classroom.

Students at any grade level were eligible to participate.

Participation was simple. The only requirements were:

The art must cover the entire front of the box and give reference to pizza in some way.

The four sides of the box must be painted, covered in a solid color, or be incorporated into the art.

Any items attached to the box must be securely affixed.

The name of the student, teacher, and grade level must be visible and legible on the back of the box.

Box art could be created as paintings, drawings, collages, mixed media, wall sculptures, clocks, lights, or anything else the students could imagine and create for a wall hanging.

ARTSNCT’s executive director, Michael Wise, said, "We love paint, glue, glitter, papier-mâché, and just about everything fun and messy." He continued to say, "It is obvious that these students enjoyed creating their pizza masterpieces and it is obvious that there is an abundance of hidden talent in Newcomerstown."

Pizza Box Art will be on display at ARTSNCT through November 20. Vote for a favorite box on ARTSNCT’s Facebook page or at the arts center until that date.

The center is located at 304 S. College St., Newcomerstown. Call 740-575-5710 or visit www.artsNCT.org for information.