Durham Senior Games SilverArts

SilverArts Eligibility

  • All SilverArts entries must be the original work of the artist. The work must be created after the artist is age 50, and must be completed within 2 years of the Local Games’ qualifying date.
  • Previous SilverArts work will not be considered.
  • You may enter up to 7 pieces, with a maximum of 2 entries per sub-category.
  • Entries can be no heavier than 50 pounds.
  • All entries, except framed work, must be displayable in an area 3’(W) x 3’(L) x 5’(H).
  • DSG has the right to refuse any or all art pieces that are deemed inappropriate.
  • Artist’s name and title of entry should appear on the bottom or be attached to the back of all entries for identification (except for literary pieces; identification will be on cover page).
  • See specific requirements below for details on each category.
Durham Senior Games SilverArts Winners wearing their medals

Heritage Arts

  • Entries must be the work of the individual and should not be a group effort.
  • Entries must be original work. Patterns may be used, but no stamped pieces will be accepted.
  • Pottery must be hand built or thrown.
  • Latch hook rugs and pieces from ceramic molds will not be accepted.
  • Framed works can be no larger than 36” x 42,” including the matting and frame.
  • Groupings (sets) shall have no more than 3 separate pieces per set. All objects within each piece of the set must be contained within or attached to one of the 3 pieces of the set. 
  • Heritage Arts piece entered at the State Finals must be the same piece that won during Local Games.

Literary Arts

  • All entries must by typed, double-spaced, on 8-1/2 x 11 size paper and have a minimum of 1” margins. The work must be a minimum font size of 10-point type.
  • Poems can be no longer than 40 lines.
  • Short stories, essays and life experiences can be no longer than 8 pages, typed and double-spaced.
  • All entries must have a title page, which includes title of work, sub-category and name of artist. 
  • The artist’s name should not appear on the content pages.
  • The Heritage Arts piece entered at the State Finals must be the same piece that won during the Local Games.
  • Literary Arts Piece entered at the State Finals must be the same piece that won during Local Games. 

Visual Arts

  • All artwork, except sculpture, must be framed, securely wired, and ready to be hung (no serrated hooks or string). Artwork, except sculpture, not properly wired will not be displayed.
  • Artwork, except sculpture, can be no larger than 35” x 42,” including matting and frame.Entries can be no heavier than 50 pounds.
  • Sculpture groupings (sets) may have no more than 3 pieces per grouping (set)
  • Freestanding entries must be able to be displayable in an area 3’ (W) x 3’ (L) x 5’ (H).
  • The art piece must be an original work, not a print.
  • If on-site assembly is required, details must be specified on the information form for prior approval.
  • Visual Arts Piece entered at the State Finals must be the same piece that won during Local Games.

Performing Arts

  • An artist may have only one entry in each sub-category. This means that an artist could participate in a group and individual performance in a sub-category. 
  • Performing entries are limited to 3 minutes of on-stage time. Exceeding the time limit will result in automatic disqualification. Timing begins with the first note of music or the first movement visible to the audience and ends with the exit of the last performer from the stage or final movement of the act.
  • Performing entries may be one of the following: soloists, small group (2-4 performers) or large group (5 or more performers). Accompanist(s) will be counted to determine size of act. No one under age 50 will be permitted on stage and each accompanist must be a registered participant.
  • Voice presentations must be a live performance by the artist. Background music can be taped. Lip synching is not permitted as a performing art.
  • Cheerleading entries are limited to four minutes of stage time.

The stage will be open for rehearsal on Monday, April 13, 2020 from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Community Family Life & Recreation Center at Lyon Park. Email Bridgette Robinson or call at 919-560-4355, ext. 27232 to reserve a dress rehearsal slot.

Submission

  • Visual and Heritage Arts entries must be submitted on Monday, April 27, 2020 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Durham Center for Senior Life located at 406 Rigsbee Avenue. 
  • Literary entries should be submitted with registration by Friday, March 20, 2020, and must include 3 copies (for judging). No late entries will be accepted.

Judging

  • Visual, Heritage, Literary, and Local Judging will be ongoing and closed to the public. 
  • Judges will not see identifying information on Visual, Heritage, Literary, and Local Art.
  • Cheerleading and Performing Arts will be judged during The SilverArts & Games Opening Ceremony at the Community Family Life & Recreation Center at Lyon Park on Monday, April 13, 2020.

SilverArts Showcase

All artwork will be showcased at the Durham Center for Senior Life starting on Monday, April 27, 2020 at 1 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 30, 2020.

Awards Ceremony

Winners in the Literary, Visual, Heritage, Local, Cheerleading, and Performing Arts categories will be presented awards at the SilverArts & Games Closing Ceremony on Thursday, April 30, 2020 from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at the Durham Center for Senior Life.

Artwork Pickup

Please bring your receipt to pick up your artwork. Artwork can be picked up on the following dates and times:

  • Thursday, April 30, 2020 after the SilverArts & Games Closing Ceremony ends at 7:30 p.m. at the Durham Center for Senior Life
  • Friday, May 1, 2020 between 9 a.m.-11 a.m. at the Durham Center for Senior Life. 

The SilverArts Committee will not be responsible for any artwork not picked up by 11 a.m. on Friday, May 1, 2020.