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


Since 2002, employees of the County of Union and their families have participated in a unique program that gives them the opportunity to display their artistic creations. In its ongoing effort to recognize and encourage creative and artistic accomplishment throughout Union County, the Board of Chosen Freeholders, in partnership with The National Arts Program®, is pleased to announce the eighth annual exhibition of artwork by County of Union workers and their families.

“We are glad to give Union County employees and their families a chance to showcase their talent,” said Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski, liaison to the Cultural and Heritage Programs Advisory Board. “Everyone has some kind of creative talent. We are pleasantly surprised each year 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); youths 12 to 18 years old; and youths under 12 years of age.

“We are happy to extend the invitation to enter the program to Union County College employees and their relatives again this year,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella.

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 Mirabella added.

The National Arts Program® currently runs 84 annual programs reaching 450 cities in 44 states nationwide. The program was conceived in 1985 by Leonard E.B. Andrews (1925-2009), an art collector, publisher, business executive and journalist, “for the encouragement and development of artistic expression.” The National Arts Program® allows all artists to upload their artwork, free of charge, to their online Interactive Gallery. To learn more about The National Arts Program® and upload your artwork or to see photos from past exhibits, please visit

Pre-registration is required by April 23. 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 07202. Telephone: (908) 558-2550 or e-mail: