NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Artistic photographs, drawings and paintings from city residents will be judged and placed on display in the first visual arts contest sponsored at the city library.

Themes selected for the contest focus most of the social issues facing urban areas today, including including civil rights, culture, homelessness/food scarcity, environmental justice, immigration/worker rights, and youth development.

To assist prospective artists and others, the library this month will offer two workshops, the first on Sept. 20 at 6:30 p.m. on “The Basics of Painting,” led by Wilford Charles and  Dontae Muse from Above Art Studios in New Brunswick. The second workshop will take place on Sept. 27 at 6:30 p.m. when artist Cristina Hoyos will present “The Basics of Mixed Media Art."

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The deadline for submissions to the contest is Oct. 10, 2018.

Professional photographers, artists, and library staff will judge artworks and visual art entered in the contest will be displayed in an exhibition at the library, with an open reception on Nov. 9

Submission forms and full details are available at the library, 60 Livingston Ave., George Street Camera, 344 George St.; Alfa Art Gallery, 108 Church St.; Above Art Studios, 55 Morris St.; and Zimmerli Art Museum, 71 Hamilton St.

People can register for the free workshops at the library or by calling (732) 745-5108 x20. Refreshments will be provided at both workshops. For more information, people can contact Kavita Pandey at

Details are also available on the library’s website: