monmouth_festival_artsTinton Falls, NJ - The Monmouth Festival of the Arts (MFA) is hosting its annual Student Art Competition and Art Workshops on Sunday, February 3 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Monmouth Reform Temple (MRT), 332 Hance Avenue, Tinton Falls, NJ. All student artists in their junior year from the counties of Ocean and Monmouth counties are invited to participate. Student check in for the competition is at 1 pm. For more information about the competition please call 732-747-8278 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You may also visit our web site: www.monmouthfestivalofthearts.com.

Participation is free in theses events. Winners receive first, second and third place prizes of $100, $75 and $50. In addition, winners will have their work prominently displayed at the 43rd annual Monmouth Festival of the Arts, which will take place at the Monmouth Reform Temple from Saturday, April 13, through Wednesday, April 17, 2013.   Last year, the show attracted over 2000 visitors and featured the work of over 200 artists.

Art competition judges include professional artists Patricia Hutchinson, Colleen Lineberry, and Bob Mataranglo. Additionally, art workshops will be presented by local artists and will take place simultaneous to the art competition. These include: “Matting & Framing for the Best Presentation”, by Pen & Ink Artist Dave McGrath and “Calligraphy, The art of beautiful writing,” presented by Mychelle Kendrick an award-winning artist and calligrapher. Participation in the workshops is open to all 11th grade students, and not limited to those presenting in the competition. MFA workshops are designed to provide high school art students with practical information related to preparation and presentation of their works for submission to college interviews and art shows.

The Monmouth Festival of the Arts is hosted by Monmouth Reform Temple and is made possible, in part, by the Monmouth County Arts Council through funding from the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the County Historical Commission, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State a Partner Agency of the National Endowment of the Arts.

MRT has been commended for its support of the arts and art education and is the winner of the Governor's Award in Art Education.