Ellarslie Open 31
May 3, 2014 – June 22, 2014
A Short History of the Ellarslie Open
During the early years of the museum, the focus was on acquiring items to expand the decorative arts collection. Museum director Ben Whitmire (1978-1988) changed the focus to include temporary exhibitions of contemporary art with an emphasis on Trenton area artists. In 1982, he established the Ellarslie Open to encourage local artists to submit their work for judging and display. Since then, the Trenton City Museum has displayed the work of over seven hundred local and regional artists, many selected on the basis of work they submitted to the Ellarslie Open. Today, the Ellarslie Open has become a significant exhibition in its own right, drawing on the work of professional artists from the tri-state region and beyond, while encouraging and recognizing emerging artists.
Ellarslie Open XXXI
Over two hundred artists from New Jersey, Pennsylvania and beyond submitted more than four hundred works to the 2014 Ellarslie Open Juried Exhibit. Because space at Ellarslie is limited, the juror selected less than 25% of the submissions — one hundred and two pieces — for the show. The results make for another outstanding exhibit at the Trenton City Museum.
Congratulations to all whose work was selected, and thank you to all who submitted.
EO XXXI Awards and Prizes
Michael Kember, Tilt Ben Whitmire Purchase Award
Gail Bracegirdle, Osage Trenton Museum Society Purchase Award
Susanne Pitak Davis, Pineapple Paradise Mayor Douglas H. Palmer Award for Best in Show Overall
John H. Wells Jersey City Dragon Trentypo Award for Best in Show – Digital Art
William Hogan, Self-Portrait Jerry’s Artarama Award for Best in Show – Drawing
Diane Greenberg, Marlboro Man Runner Up – Drawiing
Stephanie Madzjak, Talking about the Bad Neighbors Honorable Mention — Drawing
Nelly Kouzmina Sea of Sylvia R & B Award for Best in Show – Fiber Art
Priscilla Snow Algava, Energy Dance Chiacchio Funeral Home Award for Best in Show – Mixed Media
Nancy Shill, Jacob and the Angel Runner Up – Mixed Media
Joseph H. Dougherty, The Book Model The President’s Award for Best in Show – Painting
Jose Anico, Forbidden Zone Trenton First Award for Runner Up – Painting
Caroline Hall, Alone in the Woods, II Honorable Mention – Painting
Anne Stefane, Neighborhood Watch Taylor Photo Award for Best in Show – Photography
Susan Kott, Smoking Woman Runner Up – Photography
R. L. DeFalco, Playing with Fire Honorable Mention – Photography
Kathleen Liao, Quantum Leap Shoppe 202 Award for Best in Show – Printmaking
Susanne Pitak Davis, Pineapple Paradise Best in Show – Sculpture
Judith Rosenthal, Pods Runner Up – Sculpture
Ronald A. LeMahieu, For Barbara Honorable Mention – Sculpture
Shyam Singh Maharjan, Morning Walk Jerry’s Artarama Award for Best in Show – Watercolor
Robert Sussna, Reading Viaduct Runner Up – Watercolor
Gail Bracegirdle, Osage Honorable Mention – Watercolor
Kelly Baum, Ph.D., Juror
Kelly Baum, Ph.D., is Haskell Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Princeton University Art Museum, where she has organized several critically lauded exhibitions. Her most recent New Jersey as Non-Site, closed in January 2014. She has been working as a curator and scholar for more than a decade. Prior to her arrival at Princeton in 2008, she held curatorial positions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin. Kelly has organized several exhibitions, including Carol Bove (2006); Jedediah Caesar (2007); The Sirens’ Song (2007); Transactions (2007); Nobody’s Property: Art, Land, Space, 2000–2010 (2010); and Doug Aitken: migration (empire) (2010). She also has published essays on subjects ranging from Ana Mendieta and Santiago Sierra to Michèle Bernstein and the Situationist International in such journals as October, Art Journal, and the Princeton University Art Museum’s Record. She oversees the Museum’s Sarah Lee Elson, Class of 1984, International Artist in Residence Program and serves as a curatorial advisor to the University’s campus art committee.