Seniors invited to participate in county’s juried art show

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. invites all senior citizens residing in Essex County to participate in the 2021 Essex County Senior Citizens Juried Art Show and Exhibition. The deadline to submit artwork is Wednesday, Sept. 1.

“Essex County has a thriving arts community and our senior art show enables our older residents, both professionals and nonprofessionals, to display their original creations where everyone can see them,” DiVincenzo said. “This is an excellent means for us to promote the arts and inspire our residents to use their talents. I encourage our seniors to submit their work and invite our residents to visit the art show.”

Senior citizens must be at least 60 years old and a resident of Essex County to participate. Senior citizens will be considered as professional artists if they meet at least two of the following conditions: have sold their art through commercial channels, including craft fairs; have shown their artwork in professional galleries or professional art exhibits for two or more years; have had their work selected in two or more juried art or craft shows; have received two or more awards for their work; or have a professional membership in an artists’ or craft persons’ guild or association. Seniors with nonprofessional status do not meet at least two of the above criteria.

Awards will be presented in the following categories: acrylic painting, craft, digital, mixed media, oil painting, pastel, print, photography, sculpture, watercolor painting and works on paper. First-place winners will be eligible to participate in the New Jersey Senior Art Contest.

Seniors can submit two entries of original artwork that were completed within the last three years. Artwork must be matted, mounted or framed, with screw eyes and wire attached. Hanging artwork may be no more than 36 inches in any dimension. Sculpture or 3-D crafts cannot exceed 36 inches in any dimension.

All photographs of the artwork must be clearly labeled with the following information: the artist’s name, address, title of work, medium, date created, size, professional or nonprofessional status, and approximate value of the painting.

For more information or to obtain an application, visit www.essexcountynj.org or contact Jackie Matthews at 973-735-6228 or jmatthews@parks.essexcountynj.org.

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