the artist’s studio by Laura Adai / Unsplash

Essex County is inviting non-professional and professional senior citizen artists in the county to participate in the 2021 Essex County Senior Citizens Juried Art Show and Exhibition.

The deadline to submit artwork is Wednesday, Sept. 1.

Categories include acrylic painting, craft, digital, mixed media, oil painting, pastel, print, photography, sculpture, watercolor painting and works on paper. First-place winners will be eligible to participate in the New Jersey Senior Art Contest.

Each entrant must be at least 60 years old and a resident of Essex County in order to participate. Professional artists must meet at least two of the following conditions: have sold their art through commercial channels including craft fairs; have shown their artwork in professional galleries or professional art exhibits for two or more years; have had their work selected in two or more juried art or craft shows; have received two or more awards for their work; or have a professional membership in an artist’s or craft person’s guild or association.




Participants can submit two entries of original artwork completed within the last three years. Artwork must be matted, mounted or framed, with screw eyes and wire attached. Hanging artwork may be no more than 36 inches in any dimension. Work smaller than 10 inches in any dimension may be included. Sculpture or 3D crafts cannot exceed 36 inches in any dimension.

All photographs of the artwork must be clearly labeled with the artist’s name, address, title of work, medium, date created, size, professional or non-professional status, and approximate value of the painting.

For more information or to obtain an application, visit essexcountynj.org or contact Jackie Matthews at 973-735-6228 or jmatthews@parks.essexcountynj.org.