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August 7 - September 4, 2020  |  Virtual Reception: August 12, 2020, 12pm

Hosted by Monmouth Arts Digital Gallery


Presented by: Monmouth Arts, Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, &

Monmouth County Division on Aging, Disabilities & Veterans Services

Click HERE to access application.
The deadline to apply is July 17, 2020 at 5pm.
Click HERE to download guidelines.


Monmouth Arts is pleased to produce the 2020 Virtual Monmouth County Senior Art Show. To be eligible for this exhibition, you must:

  • Be a visual artist, professional or non-professional, age 60 or older

  • Currently reside in Monmouth County

  • Submit ONE piece of original artwork completed in the last three years

  • Submit a piece that has not previously been submitted to a county Senior Citizen Art Show or the New Jersey State Senior Citizens Annual Juried Art Contest & Exhibition

Artist Classification


Professional: Person who meets 2 or more of the following criteria:

  • Sells or has sold artwork through commercial channels (galleries, online galleries, craft shows, etc.)

  • Exhibited in a professional gallery and/or in professional shows for 2+ years*

  • Had artwork selected in 2 or more juried art or craft shows*

  • Has received 2 or more awards for artwork*

  • Holds (or has held) professional membership in art guilds or associations


*Exception: These criteria do not apply to artists who only enter their county show and never exhibit artwork in any other show—unless they have won First Place in their category three or more times. In that case, the artist should identify themselves as a Professional.

Non-Professional: Person who does NOT meet the above professional criteria.



  1. Acrylic

  2. Craft:  One-of-a-kind originals only; no craft kits or molds.

  3. Digital/Computer Art:  Artwork created using a computer-based program, such as Photoshop or Illustrator; this category does NOT include digital photographs.

  4. Drawing:  Includes hand-drawn work in graphite, pen, ink, charcoal, colored pencil, crayon, and/or markers.

  5. Mixed Media:  Artwork that combines two or more media AND where no one medium clearly dominates. This category includes collage and assemblage, but does NOT include watercolor paintings that use graphite/ink drawing.

  6. Oil

  7. Pastel:  Includes chalk and oil pastel.

  8. Photography:  Includes traditional film-based, digital, and pinhole-based, black & white or color, and digitally manipulated photographs.

  9. Print: Original prints only; includes all print forms, such as etching, engraving, linoleum, woodcut, lithograph, monoprint, silkscreen, etc.

  10. Sculpture:  Artwork designed in 3-dimensions, carved or constructed, in any medium.

  11. Watercolor:  Includes watercolor, gouache, and tempera.

Artwork Rules


  • Each artist may only submit one entry.

  • Artwork must be the original creation of the artist. Photos of the original versions of the artwork must be exhibited; no giclée prints or other reproductions accepted. You MAY submit digital art/photography files.

  • 2-D dimensions for hanging artwork, photographs, crafts, etc.—INCLUDING THE FRAME AND MAT—may be no more than 28” and no less than 10” in any dimension. Although this exhibit may not hang in the County show, it may still hang in the State show, and thus you MUST adhere to these guidelines. Work selected for the state show that does not meet these guidelines WILL be disqualified.

  • 3-D dimensions for sculpture and 3-D crafts—INCLUDING ANY BASE—may not exceed 20” in any dimension and may not weigh more than 40 pounds. Although this exhibit may not display in-person in the County show, it may still exhibit live at the State show, and thus you MUST adhere to these guidelines. Work selected for the state show that does not meet these guidelines WILL be disqualified.

  • All 2-D artwork selected for the State Show must be delivered READY TO HANG:  matted, framed, and wired (no saw-tooth hangers). Paintings may be framed, but it is not necessary; however, paintings must be wired properly. Use screw eyes for all wiring.

  • All 2-D artwork selected for the State show should be protected where necessary with Plexiglas or mylar. Plexiglas, not glass, is strongly recommended for 2-D work to avoid damage to artwork. Plexiglas is required for any 2-D work over 24” in any dimension.

  • As this show will not hang, there will be NO LABELS this year.

  • Any artwork selected for the State show with a dollar value exceeding $400 must be privately insured by the artist—either through their homeowner’s or rental insurance or through an art rider. We do not provide insurance.

  • If artwork is incorrectly categorized, it will be moved to the correct category.


WAIVER:  For work selected for the State show, Monmouth Arts will make every attempt to secure and protect each entry submitted. The sponsoring organizations do not assume responsibility for loss or damage incurred to any artwork. Entry in the show signifies compliance with this waiver. Each artist assumes full responsibility for their own artwork at all times.


JUDGING:  Three unaffiliated judges chosen by Monmouth Arts may select one professional winner and one non-professional winner in each category, along with a 2nd and 3rd place winner when possible. There will also be one professional and one non-professional Best in Show.

First-place winners in Monmouth County in both professional and non-professional levels across 11 categories automatically advance to the state competition.

Application Process/Drop-off for Winning Artwork


Completed online application form must be submitted to Monmouth Arts by July 17, 2020 at 5:00pm. No exceptions. Applications will be completely online. Unfortunately, there is no paper application this year, as artwork will need to be submitted digitally. Monmouth Arts is happy to provide phone assistance to individuals experiencing difficulty with the online application.

APPLICATION ASSISTANCE DROP-IN HOURS: On Thursday, July 9th ONLY, individuals who do not have access to a computer may make an appointment to visit the Monmouth Arts office with their artwork where Senior Art Show Coordinator, Vinny Martini, will provide assistance with submitting the application. To make an appointment, you must call him at (732) 212-1890 x 6. Appointment times are very limited, so please call for availability. Social distancing will be observed and proper sanitizing measures will be taken in between each appointment. If you feel sick on the appointment day, please call and cancel your appointment.

To make arrangements for ADA-related accommodations, please call: (732) 212-1890 x 6 and speak with Vinny Martini, Monmouth Arts. Large print guidelines are available upon request.

Contact Information for the County Senior Art Show


For questions or for more information, call/email Vincent Martini at Monmouth Arts:

(732) 212-1890 x 6

Please note that the Monmouth Arts staff if working remotely. We are rarely in our office, so the most efficient way to reach is via email.

2020 Timeline


June 22: Application/Upload form becomes available to the public

July 17: Deadline for application forms and online upload

July 20: Notification to all applicants of accepted artwork

July 31: Judging of artwork

August 3: All winners are notified

August 7-Sept 4: Virtual Monmouth County Senior Art Show open to the public                                            

August 12, 12pm: Awards Video Live Streamed on Monmouth Arts Facebook Page

August 28IF STATE SENIOR ART SHOW IS HELD IN-PERSON, drop-off date for winning artwork at Monmouth Arts office 10:30-2:30. IF STATE SENIOR ART SHOW IS HELD ONLINE, no drop-off necessary. We will submit your materials to the NJ State Show on your behalf.


September 14: First-place artwork delivered by Monmouth Arts to State Art Show at Meadow Lakes

September 15 - 17: Artwork is installed by state coordinators and judged

Sept. 18-Oct. 22: State Exhibition open to the public (Monday-Saturday 10-4pm; limited viewing during Reception and Awards Ceremony day on 10/23)

October 2: Notify local artists of state award recipients (information sent to us from state); State mails invitations to all artists in the state show

October 23: 10:30-1:30pm: NJ Senior Art Show Reception & Awards Ceremony

October 23: 1:30-3:00pm: Monmouth Arts to pick up artworks from State Art Show; Artists that came to the Reception/Awards may take their artworks home directly from show

October 26-30: Remaining artists pick up artwork from Monmouth Arts office


Further details will be communicated state participants as information becomes available.



August 6 - 29, 2019

Reception: August 14, 2019

Monmouth County Library Headquarters

View Official Program Book

View Entries from the 2019 Exhibit

View Winners



August 6 - 29, 2018

Reception: August 15, 2018

Monmouth County Library Headquarters

View Official Program Book + Winners