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The Middlesex County Office of Aging & Disabled Services, in collaboration with The Middlesex County Arts Institute, would like to welcome all to our 2021 Virtual Art Contest. 88 Artists, age 60 and over, who currently reside in Middlesex County, participated in this year’s Virtual Senior Citizen Art Contest. 



 
 
Important Dates: ​ 
July 15th - Registration Ends
August 2nd-31st - Works on Display


(Please note: dates are subject to change as we are collaborating with other offices and working semi-remotely -
We thank you all for your patience)  
 
 Eligibility Guidelines:
 
  • Must be 60 years of age or over,and currently residing in Middlesex County.
  • Entries must have been completed within the last three years and may not have been previously entered in prior County Senior Citizen Art Shows or in the New Jersey Senior Citizens Art Show. Please note: only ONE entry per artist may be entered.
  • Artwork that wins First Place at this year’s County Senior Citizen Art Show will be automatically eligible to advance to the New Jersey Senior Citizen Art Show.
 
CATEGORIES:

  • Acrylic Painting
  • Craft – one-of-a-kind original creations only, no craft kits or molds
  • Digital (Computer) Art – artwork created using computer graphics software (does not include digital photographs)
  • Mixed Media – art that combines two or more media (often non-traditional), and no one of the media clearly predominates; includes collage and assemblage
  • Oil Painting
  • Pastel – includes chalk (soft) and oil pastel
  • Print – all print forms including –but not limited to –etching, linoleum block, lithograph, woodcut, monoprint, silkscreen, collagraph
  • Photography – includes color, black & white or tinted photographs taken with a film-based or digital camera
  • Sculpture – work designed in 3-dimensions, carved or constructed in any medium, abstract or figurative
  • Watercolor Painting – includes gouache (note: traditional watercolor often includes light pencil work and/or ink. They are still considered “Watercolor” –NOT “mixed media”)
  • Works on Paper - includes hand-drawn works in mediums including: charcoal, pencil, colored pencil, graphite, ink, pen, crayon, or stylus of any sort
  
 
ARTIST CLASSIFICATION - Professional or Non-Professional?
 
Professional: Any artist who meets 2 or more of these qualifications:

a) sells or has sold artwork through commercial channels (including galleries, on-line galleries, craft shows, art shows, etc.);

b) has been exhibiting their work for 2 or more yearsin professional galleries and/or in professional art exhibits;**
 
c) has had work selected in 2 or more Juried art or craft shows;**
 
d) has received 2 or more awards for their artwork;**
 
e) holds (or has held) professional membership in an artist or craftsperson’sguild or association.
 
Non-Professional: An artist who does not meet 2 or more of the above criteria**
  
EXCEPTION:  Artists who only enter their County Senior Art Show and NEVER exhibit their work in any other show or venue do not have to identify themselves as a Professional Artist unless they have won First Place in their category 3 or more times–in that case, they should identify themselves as “Professional.”

 
For more information, please contact the Office of Aging and Disabled Services at 732-745-4013 or email brittany.rivera@co.middlesex.nj.us
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