The works of 36 Mercer County artists will be on display at the Gallery at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) in Mercer County Artists 2019, which opened Monday, May 20 and runs through Monday, July 8.
The show features work in a variety of media including oil, acrylic, graphite, mixed media, ceramic, and wood. More than 100 artists submitted work for the jury process.
The community is invited to an Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, May 22 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The ceremony will begin at approximately 5:45 p.m., with representatives from the college and the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission on hand to present awards.
More than $1,000 in prizes will be announced, including the Blick Art Supplies Best in Show, plus multiple Purchase Awards from the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission and an award from the West Windsor Arts Council. Artwork selected for Purchase Awards will be added to the county’s permanent collection.
Featured artists are Joy Barth, Laurel Daunis-Allen, Maurice Galimidi and Michael Wiley of Ewing; Mechtild Bitter of Princeton; Raymond Brown, Janis Purcell and Cathy Tsao of East Windsor; Larry Chestnut, Connie Cruser, Suzanne Migliori, Janice Montervino and Daniel Zimmerman of Hamilton; Sue Chiu and Helene Plank of Lawrence; Mary Dolan, Katarzyna Iwaniec, Jo Krish, Kathleen Liao, Arlene Richman, Nalini Sawhney and Andrew Werth of Princeton Junction; Dee Gozonsky, Peggy Rose and Megan Serfass of West Windsor; Joseph Dougherty of Pennington; Jadwiga Jedrzejczyk, Robert Lowe and David Orban of Trenton; Charlize Katzenbach of Hopewell; Deborah Paglione of Robbinsville; Beverly Fredericks and Daniel Luchansky of Cranbury; and Liz Adams and Marion Simmons of Plainsboro;
“So many of the artists who submitted to this open call are talented in many ways, so I decided to narrow down the artworks through what I noticed in terms of artists grappling with their materials or subject in an interesting or surprising way,” juror Lauren Whearty said in a statement. “There is a wide range of style and taste here and I tried to be true to the sincerity and rigor which I saw artists bringing to the works. I also thought about the works in groupings that may have something to do with subject, color, abstraction, or figurative ideas in the hopes that they could create interesting connections once the exhibition is curated.”
Alice K. Thompson is the gallery’s director and curator. Gallery hours are Mondays through Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with Wednesday hours extended until 7 p.m.
The exhibition is co-sponsored by and supported through a grant from the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission, with funding from the New Jersey State Council of the Arts/ Department of State, a partner of the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Gallery at Mercer is located on the second floor of the Communications Building on Mercer’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. For more information about this and other exhibits at the MCCC Gallery, visit www.mccc.edu/gallery. Directions to the campus and a campus map can be found at mccc.edu.