NEW JERSEY– Art submissions from the public are needed for the 2nd Heroin/Opioid Art Exhibition and contest. The exhibition and contest which has a grand prize of $500 is open to all residents of New Jersey and is sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration-New Jersey Division (DEA) and the New York/New Jersey High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) in conjunction with the Partnership for a Drug Free New Jersey and the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse.

“This contest and exhibit is another way to raise awareness about this epidemic that we are facing today," said Carl J. Kotowski, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA’s New Jersey Division. "We hope to duplicate the success we had with the first exhibit.” 

Thirty one submissions were received in 2015. The art submissions came from residents 12 - 62 years of age.  This exhibit contained powerful depictions of opioid or heroin abuse, addiction, and recovery along with a written statement of the meaning of the art work.
 
 
“This exhibit will play a significant role in raising awareness about the toll prescription opioid and heroin addiction has had, not just on the individual, but also on the community.” said Angelo Valente, Executive Director of The Partnership for a Drug Free New Jersey.
 
The winner will receive a grand prize of $500 and statewide recognition.  The artwork will be displayed on August 24 at the Gateway Project Spaces, 2 Gateway Center, Newark, NJ. 
 
The deadline for submission of the artwork is July 17, 2017.  Entry forms can be obtained by going to http://www.drugfreenj.org/HeroinArtExhibit/.