The 2016 Engage Toms River Arts Challenge's theme was 'Remembering Our Veterans'.  After receiving dozens of amazing submissions, the judges have narrowed down the field to the Top 3 in each category.  The categories and finalists for this year's competition are as follows:

  • Painting
    • Catherine Cranmer
    • Alexandra Zubritzky
    • Jim Houba
  • Photography
    • Heather Pryce
    • Michelle Holt
    • John Delaney
  • Songwriting
    • Karla Ivarson
    • David Huyler
    • Adam Tharp
  • Poetry
    • Jacqueline Andree
    • Heidi Hodges
    • Alexandra Majeski
  • Sculpture
    • Audry Meyer
    • Jane Scates
    • Veronica & Genaro Vega

The winners of all 5 categories will be announced on July 1st, 1:00 on Mancini Hall in the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library. Each of the category winners will receive $1500. The artist who has received the largest amount of votes overall will win the grand prize of an additional $2500.

Engage Toms River was created by the Jay & Linda Grunin Foundation to demonstrate commitment to sustained engagement and participation in all of Toms River’s residents in the arts.  The Toms River Great Arts Challenge is one of three annual Engage Toms River programs, each with a minimum prize of $10,000.  CLICK HERE to learn more about Engage Toms River.

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