Residents of Union County who are 60 years of age or older are invited to exhibit an original work of art - completed within the last three years - in the annual Union County Senior Art Show. Entrants may be either amateur/non-professional or professional in status and they must submit an application by May 24 to be eligible.

Sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Senior Art Show is held from early June to late July at the spacious enclosed atrium of the Elizabethtown Gas Company building, located at Liberty Hall Center, 1085 Morris Avenue in the Township of Union.

Any person who meets at least two of the following criteria is considered a professional: sold the type of art entered in the exhibition through commercial channels; exhibited in a professional gallery; and held professional membership in a guild or association.

Following are the 11 categories of eligible work: oil, acrylic, watercolor (includes gouache), pastel (including chalk, charcoal and oil pastel), print (such as etching, engraving, lithograph, woodcut, monoprint, monotype, silkscreen, etc.), drawing (including pencil, pen, ink, graphite, and markers), mixed media (combines two or more media, no one of which clearly predominates; includes collage and assemblage), sculpture (designed in 3-dimensions, carved or constructed in any medium, abstract or figurative, painted or unpainted), craft (one-of-a-kind creations only, no craft kits or molds), computer imagery (artwork created by computer only, using a pixel-based painting or graphics program, such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator or Corel Painter), and photography. Please note: photos taken by a digital camera, digitally-altered photos, and images made using a scanner must be entered in the Photography category.

New guidelines require that hanging artwork, craft and photos must be no more than 36" and no less than 11" in height and width, including matting and outside-edge frame dimension. Standing sculptures or 3-D crafts may not exceed 18" in height, width or depth, including the base. All works must be properly labeled and delivered "show-ready" with screw eyes and wire ready for hanging. No saw-tooth. Where necessary, pictures must be protected with glass, Plexiglas, Mylar or other clear material. Plexiglas is strongly recommended on pieces over 24".

Three professional artists will judge the entries. Awards will go to first, second, third place and honorable mention winners in each category. First place winners in all categories go on to compete in October at the statewide New Jersey Senior Citizens Art Show which will take place at the Meadow Lakes retirement community in East Windsor.

For an application, telephone the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs: 908-558-2550; fax your name and address to 908-352-3513; or e-mail:  Relay users dial 711.