artdisPennsylvania will celebrate the creativity of artists with a disability with its second statewide art contest, Art: the Universal Language. Artists of all ages are encouraged to submit images of their paintings, drawings, photos, 3-D items, or multi-media pieces.

Artistic expression offers unique opportunities for people to appreciate and understand the talent and perspectives of Pennsylvanians with a disability. A team of judges will choose winners based on originality, imagination, visual interest, and skillful use of materials.

The art contest is a collaboration between the Department of Human Services (DHS), The Arc of Pennsylvania, PA Mental Health Consumers’ Association, Pennsylvania Statewide Independent Living Council, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

“The creation of art in all forms provides the ability to communicate one’s creativity, personality, and passions in a very unique and individualized way,” said First Lady Frances Wolf. “I commend the Department of Human Services, the Council on the Arts and all of the partners that made this contest possible. And I wish the best of luck to all those participating.”

When the contest was held in 2014, artists submitted more than 350 works of art, including textiles, watercolors, oils, sculpture, jewelry, photographs, and mixed media pieces.

Information, contest entry form, and winning artwork from the previous contest can be found here.

Deadline for submitting materials is Monday, August 15, 2016. Winners will be honored at a ceremony this fall.

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