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Islip Art Museum and Islip Arts Council Open Call to Artists over 50: Virtual Offerings

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Islip Art Museum, Islip Arts Council and AARP Announce Virtual Open Call

Submission period Aug. 3-21
VIRTUAL Exhibition Dates: Sept. 15 – Nov. 7

Following the 2019 Art at 50 Plus exhibition, Islip Arts and AARP Long Island are collaborating again to present the best works of art in a variety of media from amateur and professional artists over the age of 50. This year, due to social distancing rules, the exhibition is going virtual. Artists are invited to submit their work from Aug. 3 through Aug. 21.

Whether new to making art or creating for a long time, New York State artists who are 50 years and older can submit their new artwork for the upcoming Art at 50 PLUS: New Beginnings virtual exhibition. Work in any/all media will be considered, but previously exhibited work is excluded. A personal statement describing your artwork must be included with each submission. Artwork should reflect the theme of facing new beginnings and artist’s emotions during this uncertain time.

“While doing something positive and giving back often motivates the second half of our lives, this health crisis has thrown us the curve of not knowing how long this will last and what the future will be. We are all in social shielding now. Adults over 50 not only face greater risk for surviving Covid-19, but unfamiliarity with technology will contribute to technological isolation when the quarantine is lifted.” said Curator Holly Gordon, Islip Arts.

“AARP Long Island is excited to support the Islip Arts’ upcoming virtual exhibit and activities. It’s times like these that organizations can help members of the public cope with social isolation and loneliness.” said Bernard Macias, AARP Associate State Director for Long Island. “Art and creativity can help improve or maintain our emotional wellness while dealing with constant change.”

Selected artists will be featured in the virtual exhibition sponsored by AARP Long Island on Sept. 15 through Nov. 7.

Other virtual activities include:

  • Virtual Zoom Q&A to assist with submission: Aug. 3, 2020 from 2-4 p.m.
  • Sip and See Virtual Reception for Artists and Guests: Oct. 4, 2020 from 2-4 p.m.
  • AARP Long Island Art at 50 Plus New Beginnings Virtual Closing Reception AND Meet the authors of: Parallel Perspectives: Art of Collaboration”: Nov. 7, 2020 from 2-4 p.m.

For more information, download the Prospectus at the Islip Art Museum website, which includes the application and submission guidelines.

Digital submission only.

Email submissions to

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 (t) 631.835.0697 (m)


*This is not an AARP event. Any information you provided to the host organization will be governed by its privacy policy.

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