The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that the 17th Annual National Arts Program Exhibit for County of Union Employees is now on display in the atrium of Liberty Hall Center in Union Township, at 1085 Morris Avenue.

The exhibit includes more than 160 pieces. It is open to view by the public weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. until May 22.

“I would like to thank Elizabethtown Gas for supporting the arts and providing this beautiful showcase for Union County employees, volunteers, retirees and their families,” said Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados. “This annual exhibit reflects the thoughtfulness, diversity and creativity that are emblematic of a strong community, both within County government and throughout the Union County family.”

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The art exhibit is presented in partnership with the National Arts Program, which provides funding for the exhibit and prizes. A May 2 reception honoring the prize winning artists will be hosted and funded by Elizabethtown Gas.

“The Freeholder Board shares the goal of enabling people to express themselves and communicate through the arts, and we are very proud to partner with the National Arts Program and Elizabethtown Gas in this endeavor,” said Freeholder Bruce H. Bergen, who is the liaison to the Union County Cultural and Heritage Programs Advisory Board.

A panel of three professional judges will determine the prize winning pieces:

Frank Falotico recently retired as the Director of the duCret School of Art in Plainfield. Mr. Falotico has a B.A. in Fine Art from Monmouth College, is a graduate of the duCret School of Art and studied at the Art Students League in New York. He has exhibited his paintings in numerous shows in New Jersey and New York including the Swain Galleries in Plainfield, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Rutgers University, and the Salmagundi Club in New York City.

Gail Holy received her M.Ed. in Art Education at the Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, and studied painting and art history at Rutgers University. Ms. Holy taught studio art at the high school level for five years in the New Jersey public schools. She is currently employed as an Assistant Director for the Kean University College of Education’s Teaching Performance Center, where she works with student teachers. Gail has had a number of careers in the arts field, including a position as a professor of art education at Kean University, as a field supervisor who observed student art teachers in the classroom, a curatorial assistant for the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series at Douglass College, and as a Senior Director for the Universal Music Group in New York, where she managed the copyright division and licensed MCA copyrights. Ms. Holy’s recent work-in-progress is a series of monoprints.

Kirsten Sejda is a Ceramicist and Printmaker who recently received her MFA at New Jersey City University. She received her BFA from NJCU as well. For the past seven years, Ms. Sejda has been the technician and studio manager for NJCU’s Ceramics and Fine Arts departments. Prior to this, she worked as an educator at various arts institutions throughout the state. She has exhibited nationally, most recently at the Wet Paint MFA Biennial in Chicago.

The National Arts Program is in its 33rd year, with 86 annual programs in 38 states, providing a free and open opportunity for people to present their talents, at any level, in free, public exhibitions. The National Arts Program is sponsored by The National Arts Program Foundation of Malvern, Pennsylvania. To learn more about the program, visit thenationalartsprogram.org.

For more information about the Employee Art Exhibit and all other programs and activities of the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs call 908- 558-2550 (NJ relay users dial 711), e-mail culturalinfo@ucnj.org or visit online at ucnj.org/parks-recreation/cultural-heritage-affairs.

Additional support for the Employee Art Exhibit is provided by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

For all Union County programs and services visit ucnj.org, call the Public Info Line, 877-424-1234, email info@ucnj.org or use the online Contact Form.

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