Seniors Invited To Convey Creativity In Art Contest

All non-professional and professional senior citizen artists residing in Essex County are invited to participate in the 2016 Essex County Senior Citizens Juried Art Show and Exhibition. All senior artists are strongly encouraged to submit their artwork by Tues., Aug. 2, 10 a.m. to noon. Admission to the Senior Citizen Art Show is free.


Registration deadline and art submissions are being collected through the Essex County Hospital Center in Cedar Grove.


The Art Exhibit is set for Wed., Aug. 3 to Thurs., Sept. 1, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Essex County Hospital.

The Awards Ceremony is set for Thurs., Sept. 1, at 10 a.m.


“Essex County has a thriving arts community and our Senior Art Show enables our older residents, both professionals and non-professionals, to display their original creations where everyone can see them,” Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. 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.

Awards will be presented in the following categories, without exceptions: acrylic, craft, digital, drawing, mixed media and collage, oil, pastel, photography, print, sculpture and watercolor. 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. Art cannot be larger than 36 inches and no smaller than 11 inches in any dimension, including matting and outer edge frame dimension. Sculptures or 3-D crafts cannot exceed 18 inches in any dimension, including the base. Any entry with a value exceeding $400 must have private insurance.


All artwork must be clearly labeled with the following information: the artist’s name, address, title of work, medium, date created, size, professional or non-professional status, and approximate value of the painting, with the name of the insurance company if it is privately insured. Labels will be provided to artists during drop-off at the Essex County Hospital Center.

For more information or to obtain an application, visit or contact Jackie Matthews at 973-735-6228


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