CONTACT: Tom Plante, 908-527-4746
Sebastian D’Elia, 908-527-4419


Calling All Senior Artists: Apply by June 2 for Annual Union County Senior Art Show

Artists who are 60 years of age and older, currently residing in Union County, are invited to exhibit an original work of art completed within the last three years in the annual Union County Senior Art Show. Entrants may be either amateurs/non-professionals or professionals in status and they must submit an application by June 2 to be eligible for the exhibit.

The Union County Senior Art Show, which starts with an opening reception, is held from mid-June to mid-July at the spacious enclosed atrium of the Elizabethtown Gas Company, located at 1085 Morris Avenue in Union.

Any person who meets at least two of the following criteria is considered a professional: sold the type of art entered in the exhibition through commercial channels, exhibited in a professional gallery, and held a professional membership in a guild or association.

Following are the 11 categories of eligible work: oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel (includes chalk, charcoal and oil pastel), print (includes etching, dry point and intaglio), drawing (including pencil, pen, and ink), mixed media (includes collage), sculpture (designed in 3-dimensions, carved or constructed in any medium, abstract or figurative, painted or unpainted), craft (no kits), digital imagery (artwork generated or altered using computer graphics software, including digitally-altered original photographs), and photography.

Please note: photos taken by digital camera should be entered in the photography category, unless digitally-altered beyond an outcome obtainable in a traditional darkroom setting.

New for this year, hanging artwork, craft and photos must be no more than 36” and no less than 11” in height and width, including matting and outside frame dimension. Maximum measurement used to be 38”. Standing sculptures or 3-D crafts may not exceed 18” in height, width or depth, including the base. Where necessary, pictures must be protected with glass, Plexiglas, Mylar or other clear material, and with screws in the back ready for hanging. Plexiglas is strongly recommended on pieces over 24”.

Judged by three (3) professional artists, awards go to first, second, third place and honorable mention winners in each category. First place winners in all categories go on to compete at the State Senior Art Show which takes place at the Route 12 County Complex of Hunterdon in Flemington in the fall.

Applications must be returned by June 2. For an application, call the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs: 908-558-2550 or e-mail: