STATEN ISLAND — The Staten Island Museum's Juried Art Exhibit is branching out when it opens this month.
The competition has opened up its borders and is allowing artists from the entire tri-state area — not just Staten Island — to submit works to be shown at the exhibit.
The museum received over 125 submissions and selected 38 artists to be shown at the exhibit.
The judges will select three out of the 41 works on display and award cash prizes to the artists at the opening reception on June 28.
The museum's last Juried Art Exhibit took place in 2009, but was only open to submissions from Staten Island based artists.
Yet, even after expanding its catchment area, about half of the artists shown still come from the Island.
"The selection of work is eclectic, reflecting the diversity of talents and interests of the artists represented,” said Robert Bunkin, the curator of art for the museum.
The exhibit's opening reception runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., June 28, at the Staten Island Museum, 75 Stuyvesant Pl., with a $5 admission fee. It will be on display until September 23.