Durham Senior Games SilverArts

Durham Senior Games SilverArts Entries

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.
  • DSGSA has the right to refuse any or all art pieces that are deemed inappropriate.
  • The artist’s name and title of entry should appear on the bottom or be attached to the back of all entries for identification
  • See specific requirements below for details on each category.

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 three separate pieces per set. All objects within each piece of the set must be contained within or attached to one of the three pieces of the set. 
  • Heritage 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.

Submission & Pick Up

  • SilverArts submissions must be brought to the Durham Center for Senior Life located at 406 Riggsbee Avenue between 9 a.m. and noon on Monday, April 12, 2021. 
  • Registered participants in SilverArts will be given a specific timeframe in which to bring their art piece(s). Specific details will be sent to SilverArts participants prior to April 12. 
  • Participants must retrieve their artwork from the Durham Center for Senior Life between 9 a.m. and noon on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. 
  • Both drop off and pick up will be done in a drive-through, safe, and socially distanced manner.


  • Judging will be ongoing and closed to the public.
  • Judges will not see identifying information on Visual and Heritage Arts.

SilverArts Showcase

All artwork will be showcased virtually. Winners will be announced at the Virtual SilverArts & Games Closing Ceremony on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at 5:30 p.m. Awards will be mailed to winners.