101-Year-Old Artist Wins Juried Art Contest

Mindel (Minnie) Kaufman receives first place award at the Senior Citizens Juried Art Contest and Exhibit. Photo credit: Camden County

VOORHEES, N.J. — The Freeholder Board and the Camden County Cultural and Heritage Commission at Camden County College presented Mindel (Minnie) Kaufman, 101, with a first-place ribbon at the annual Senior Citizens Juried Art Contest and Exhibition. 

“I congratulate all of the artists that participated in this year’s contest. The judges certainly had a challenging task, as each work of art is impressive and worthy of recognition,” Freeholder Melinda Kane, liaison to the Camden County Cultural and Heritage Commission, said. “I encourage everyone to visit Camden County College in Cherry Hill during the exhibition.”

Kaufman, according to the Cherry Hill proclamation that declared Sunday, April 8, 2018 “Minnie Kaufman Day,” immigrate to the United States in 1925, attended school in New York City, and worked until the age of 78.

Kaufman won with her submission “Flower Power” in the Professional Mixed Media category.

This year’s Senior Citizen Juried Art Contest had 55 artists aged 60 and over submitted entries in the following categories: acrylic painting, craft, digital art, mixed media, oil painting, pastel, print, photography, sculpture, watercolor, and works on paper. Professional and non-professional first-place winners in each category will go on to compete at the state level.

The Senior Citizens Art Exhibition will run through September 12 at the gallery at the William G. Rohrer Center in Voorhees. The center is open Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Wednesday from 2:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. 

The Camden County Cultural and Heritage Commission at Camden County College supports the local arts and history that make our communities dynamic places to live and work. The Commission was established by the Freeholder Board to act as the designated agency in Camden County to receive and administer the New Jersey State Council on the Arts Local Arts Program and the New Jersey Historical Commission County History Partnership Program.