Residents of Union County who are 60 years of age or older are invited to register for and exhibit an original work of art completed within the last three years in the annual Union County Senior Citizens Art Exhibit. Entrants may be either amateur/non-professional or professional artists.

The exhibit will be held in the Atrium of the Elizabethtown Gas Company, Liberty Hall Center, 1085 Morris Avenue, in Union, from May 30 to July 10, 2017. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, May 17.

All participating artists are invited to attend a reception in the Atrium on Wednesday, June 7, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., including live music and refreshments. The reception is an ideal opportunity to meet other artists.

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“We’re delighted by the wide array of beautiful artwork created by senior artists in our county,” said Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski, liaison to the Cultural and Heritage Programs Advisory Board.

Artwork entered will be judged by a panel of professional artists. Awards will go to first, second, third place in each category, with honorable mentions as well. First Place winners in all categories will go on to compete in September at the New Jersey State Senior Citizens Art Show in East Windsor.

Any person who meets at least two of the following criteria is considered professional: a) sold the type of art entered in the exhibition through commercial channels; b) exhibited in professional galleries for two or more years; c) had work selected in two or more juried shows; d) has held professional membership in a guild or association.

The 11 categories of eligible work are: oil painting; acrylic painting; watercolor (including gouache); pastel (including chalk, charcoal and oil pastel); drawing (including drawings with pencil, pen, ink, graphite); mixed media (combines two or more media, no one of which clearly predominates; includes collage and assemblage); printmaking (etching, engraving, lithograph, woodcut, monoprint, monotype, silkscreen, etc.); sculpture (three dimensional, carved, or constructed in any medium, abstract or figurative, painted or unpainted); craft (one-of-a-kind creations only; no kits or molds; includes jewelry and pottery); digital/computer art (art generated using software; excludes digital photography); and photography (traditional or digital).

Hanging artwork, crafts and photos may not exceed 28,’’ nor be less than 10” in any dimension, including matte and frame. Sculpture or 3-D crafts may not exceed 20” in any dimension (measurements include any base for the sculpture). All work must be properly labeled and delivered “show-ready” with screw eyes and wiring ready for hanging. Where necessary, pictures must be protected with Plexiglas, glass, Mylar or other clear material. Plexiglas is strongly recommended, and required on pieces exceeding 24 inches.

For complete details and online application form, visit www.ucnj.org/senior-art-show. To receive an application by mail or email, call Martha Sturm, Senior Arts Coordinator, at the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, 908-558-2550, or email culturalinfo@ucnj.org. Relay users dial 711. Completed applications may be: mailed to Senior Art Show, Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, 633 Pearl St., Elizabeth, NJ 07202; or faxed to 908-558-2652; or scanned and emailed to msturm@ucnj.org.