ELIZABETH, NJ - A selection of prize-winning art work by Union County employees and their family members is now on display through July 9 in the Freeholders Gallery, located on the sixth floor of the Union County Administration Building. The gallery is open weekdays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

The exhibit presents 16 pieces from among the 149 creations judged at the recent 18th annual 'National Arts Program Exhibit and Contest for Union County Employees and Their Families'. Current employees, retirees, and their family members were all eligible to submit works.

Among the award-winning artists is Summit's Sam Awad, who earned Honorable Mention in the Professional category.

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The exhibit and contest is made possible through the National Arts Program Foundation, which provided prize money and support to display the work of artists of all ages, including a reception at Liberty Hall Center in honor of all the artists.

In addition to Awad, award-winning artists include:

Aberdeen: Korrin Spogantz (Third Place, Youth 12 & Under). Bayville: Julia Paparella (Second Place, Teen 13-18). Berkeley Heights: Molly Altman (Second Place, Youth 12 & Under). Chatham: Carolyn Rehm (Third Place, Intermediate). Clark: Ryan Frees (Third Place, Amateur); Daniel Wilkinson (Honorable Mention, Professional); Charles, Kenneth and Samuel Wilkinson (Honorable Mention, Youth 12 and Under). Cranford: Jeff Young (Honorable Mention, Intermediate). Elizabeth: Christopher Paparella (Second Place, Intermediate); Shane Rhodes (First Place, Youth 12 & Under); Cristina Velez (Honorable Mention, Teen 13-18); Michelle Velez (Second Place, Amateur). Fanwood Margaret Southwell (Honorable Mention, Professional). Garwood: Linda Brazaitis (Honorable Mention, Professional); Sergei Kent (Honorable Mention, Amateur); Kelly Sullivan (First Place, Amateur). Jersey City: Hadieh Afshani (Honorable Mention, Professional); Grigory Gurevich (Second Place, Professional). Kenilworth: Maria Anderson (Honorable Mention, Intermediate); Tiffany Broskoskie (Honorable Mention, Teen 13-18); Richie Casale (Honorable Mention, Amateur). Leonardo: Eryn Knapp (Honorable Mention, Teen 13-18). Monroe: Richa Wadhawan (Third Place, Teen 13-18) and Rishabh Wadhawan (Honorable Mention, Teen 13-18). Old Bridge: Allana McQueen (Honorable Mention, Teen 13-18). Rocky Mount: Ivelisse Inglefield (Art Education Award, Teen, 13-18). Roselle: Anthony Waldmann (Honorable Mention, Teen 13-18); Judith White (First Place, Professional). Roselle Park: George Kurz (Honorable Mention, Amateur). Scotch Plains: Charles Rubin (Honorable Mention, Intermediate); Manali Shah (Honorable Mention, Teen 13-18); Niyati Shah (First Place, Teen 13-18); Eileen Willoughby (First Place, Intermediate). South Orange: Donna Drew (Honorable Mention, Professional). Springfield: Kat Block (Honorable Mention, Professional); Michelle Harpster (Third Place, Professional).Union: Melissa Simoes (Best In Show, Intermediate) Westfield: John Beil (Honorable Mention, Intermediate).

Additional support for the event was provided by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Exhibits at the Freeholders Gallery are coordinated by the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.

The Union County Administration Building is located at 10 Elizabethtown Plaza in Elizabeth.