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County of Union Employees and Their Families Are Invited to Exhibit Artwork

In an ongoing effort to recognize and encourage creative and artistic accomplishment throughout Union County, the Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce the seventh annual program, presented in partnership with The National Arts Program®, which offers County of Union employees and their families an opportunity to exhibit their artwork.

“Everyone has some kind of creative talent,” said Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski, liaison to the Cultural and Heritage Programs Advisory Board. “And we are glad to give Union County employees and their families a chance to showcase their talent. We are always pleasantly surprised by the quality of artistic work done by the people working for the county.”

Entries will be accepted in the categories of painting, photography, artworks on paper, sculpture and crafts. Recognized artists and art professionals will serve as judges, selecting entrants for cash awards and honorable mention in the exhibition’s five artistic classifications: amateur
(little or no experience); intermediate (some experience, art students); professional (serious
art training or employed in an art related job); youth ages 12 to 18; and youth under 12 years
of age.

“We are happy to extend an invitation to Union County College employees and their relatives to enter the program this year,” said Freeholder Chairman Angel G. Estrada.

In the adult classifications, each first place winner will receive $300; second place will receive $200 each; and third place, $100 each. There is one $300 prize for Best in Show. In each youth classification, $75 will go to first-place winners; $50 to second-place; and $25 to third place. The prizes will be provided by The National Arts Program®.

“The Freeholders share the goal of The National Arts Program® to reach as many people as possible of all ages, offering them a chance to display their artistic talents in a public exhibition,” Freeholder Chairman Estrada added.

The National Arts Program® currently runs 81 annual programs reaching 450 cities in 43 states nationwide. The program was conceived in 1985 by Leonard E.B. Andrews, an art collector, publisher, business executive and journalist, “for the encouragement and development of artistic expression.” To learn more about The National Arts Program® and to see photos from past exhibits, please visit Pre-registration is required by April 24. Early registration is encouraged.

To request a registration form and further information, contact the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, 633 Pearl Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07207. Telephone: (908) 558-2550 or e-mail: