Visual Arts Contest and Exhibition

The New Brunswick Free Public Library proudly presents its first visual arts contest and exhibition, accompanied by free visual art workshops. The library invited participants to submit photos, drawings, and paintings that correlate with the following themes:

  • civil rights,
  • culture,
  • homelessness/food scarcity,
  • environmental justice,
  • immigration/worker rights,
  • youth development.

Professional photographers, artists, and library staff will judge submissions. The exhibition's opening reception will be on November 9, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. in the library’s Carl T. Valenti Community Room, where the winners will be announced. Visual art entries will be displayed at the library until December 3, 2018.

The deadline for contest submission was extended to October 17, 2018. Submission forms and full details are available here (o en español aquí) at the New Brunswick Free Public Library, 60 Livingston Avenue; George Street Camera, 344 George Street; Alfa Art Gallery, 108 Church Street; Above Art Studios, 55 Morris Street; and Zimmerli Art Museum, 71 Hamilton Street. All are in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

The workshops were held in the library’s Carl T. Valenti Community Room. You can view photos of them here. The descriptions are as follows:

  • Thursday, September 20, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    Workshop Topic: The Basics of Painting

    Join Wilford Charles and Dontae Muse from Above Art Studios and leap into the world of painting. Drawing, painting, and sketching have been proven to have an immense beneficial effect on the human psyche and body. Painting sparks creativity and engages imagination, which leads to relaxation and control in a chaotic world.
    During this workshop you will learn the basics of painting while painting your own small art piece. Everyone will be able to take their art piece home. All material will be provided.
    To attend this program, please register at the library’s Reference Desk, or call 732-745-5108, ext. 20.

  • Thursday, September 27, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m
    Workshop Topic: The Basics of Mixed Media Art
    Come and learn from Artist Cristina Hoyos about the technique of bringing together a multitude (“mix”) of different elements (“media”) in a variety of different ways, creating a unique “Dreamscape” using your imagination and your emotions, letting them be the central energy of your Art piece!
    All materials will be provided. At the end of the workshop you will be able to take your art work home.
    To attend this program, please register at the library’s Reference Desk, or call 732-745-5108, ext. 20.

Please contact Kavita Pandey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.