AARP New York Presents: Islip Arts Forever Young – Virtual Art Exhibition

Posted on 04/16/21

Beautiful woman paints in her art studio

Building on the success of 2020’s Art@50+: New Beginnings, Islip Arts and AARP Long Island are pleased to announce a new statewide virtual art exhibit embracing the theme Forever Young.

Whether you are a novice or an expert, New York State artists who are 50 years and older are invited to submit their artwork for the upcoming Forever Young virtual exhibition. Submissions in all media will be considered, but previously exhibited work is excluded. Artists will be able to submit their work from May 1 through May 15.

As part of AARP’s effort to Disrupt Aging by dispelling negative stereotypes and bias toward aging, the 2021 exhibit asks New York-based artists to submit pieces that symbolize their vision and ideas to stay Forever Young. Selected artists will be featured in a virtual exhibition sponsored by AARP and shown on the Islip Art Museum website in July and August.

“It’s timely, appropriate, and relevant that Forever Young is our exhibition theme, said artist Holly Gordon, curator of the exhibit. “People 50 and over are society’s greatest asset. It is our ability to look back on our life experiences as we move forward. This patina of time gives depth to our vision, substance to our voices and verve to our creativity. Art is a powerful force that energizes, infuses, incites and inspires.”

Forever Young is open to residents of New York state. Artists can begin the submission process beginning May 1 by registering at: Artists will receive additional instructions to digitally submit artwork following registration. Previously exhibited work is excluded. Artists will be asked to provide a maximum 80-word written statement about their work, as well as a 30-second audio recording of their statement.

Other virtual activities include:

•           Virtual Zoom Q&A to assist with submission: May 1 from 2-4 p.m.

•           Sip and See Virtual Reception for Artists and Guests: July 10 from 2-4 p.m.

•           Sip and See Virtual Closing Reception/Symposium: August 14, 2-4pm

For more information, go to the Islip Art Council website click on EVENTS then choose AARP Presents Forever Young and click here for prospectus. Digital submission only.

The body of the email must include these image details (Last name, First name Title, medium, size, date), Artists Statement, and all artist’s contact information.

Contact: Holly Gordon curator for hi-res files and additional information

Telephone: 631.666.8841 (telephone) | 631.835.0697 (mobile)


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