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County Culture and Heritage Commission Seeks Artists for National Arts Program®
Release Date: February 27, 2011

Cape May Court House – The County is seeking artists to participate in an upcoming county event.  The Cape May County Culture and Heritage Commission will host its Tenth Annual Exhibit and Contest of The National Arts Program® (NAP) at the Middle Township Performing Arts Center (PAC) Gallery from April 6 to May 3, 2011. 

This free art competition is open to all local, county, state and federal government employees and their immediate families who reside or work in Cape May County. Members of the County's non-profit Culture and Heritage Round Table groups and their immediate families are also eligible. Immediate family includes mother, father, son, daughter, brother or sister.

The exhibit will consist of "wire hung" wall-mounted work in the following categories: painting; works on paper; photography; sculpture; and craft.   All entries submitted must be original works of the applicant. There are separate classifications for adults (amateur, intermediate, and professional) and youth (12 and under, and 13 to 18). 

Registration forms are available online at
www.nationalartsprogram.org/venues/cape-may-county-nj. (Click to “register online” located on the left side of the screen).  The deadline for registrations is March 28, 2011 at 4 p.m.  Call the Division office at (609) 463-6370, or e-mail to culture@cmclibrary.org for details. 

An opening awards ceremony and reception will be held Wednesday, April 6 from 7-9 p.m. at the PAC. The first-place prize in each adult class will be $300, with $200 for second, and $100 for third place. Youth prizes will be $75, $50 and $25. The "Best of Show" award will be $300. Honorable Mention ribbons and Certificates of Participation will also be presented.

This program in Cape May County is one of 81 such exhibits in the country and one of just four in New Jersey.  The National Arts Program® in Cape May County is funded by The National Arts Program Foundation of Malvern, Pennsylvania and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

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