Ellarslie Open 39 Annual Juried Show Opens June 25

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Artists and Members Reception June 25
Public Reception June 26

Thank you to all of the artists who entered!

Awards & Prizes in 10 Categories
On View June 25 – October 2, 2022
Juror: Walter Wickiser, Walter Wickiser Gallery, New York

The Ellarslie Open: Premier Annual Juried Show

We are thrilled to launch the 2022 Ellarslie Open! Since its early 1980s launch, the show has evolved into a premier annual juried exhibition for the New York, Pennsylvania, and New York region – and beyond. Many of the 1,000+ local and regional artists who have shown at the Trenton City Museum first became known to the museum through their work in the Ellarslie Open. Sidelined in 2020, the Open returned in 2021 with its call for art on the callforentry.org digital entry system, connecting it with longtime and new entrants alike. The 2021 show featured a diverse and bold array of 137 works selected from 619 entered.

Reviewer Janet Purcell said of the 2021 show, “The Ellarslie Open has been the major exhibit for Trenton regional artists for 36 years. Last year the pandemic struck and Ellarslie Open 37 was sidelined. But it’s back! And the Ellarslie Open 37/38 is bigger than ever, more diverse than ever and it packs a double wallop.”

Check out the 2021 Ellarslie Open here,.

Juror Walter Wickiser
Walter Wickiser Gallery,

New York City

About the Juror
The Walter Wickiser Gallery was established in 1992 in Soho, New York. As the son of American artist and art educator Ralph Wickiser, who chaired the graduate Fine Art program at Pratt Institute from 1962-1978, Walter Wickiser was born and raised in the American art world amongst internationally renowned modern artists including Barnett Newman, Phillip Guston, Jacob Lawrence, George McNeil, Stephen Pace and Phillip Pearlstein. Early friendships with the Milton Avery and Yasuo Kuniyoshi families provided a special mentoring and education which proved very beneficial to his career as an art dealer.

Wickiser’s career as an art dealer formally began in 1990 in Soho, NY, when he became the first director of the first gallery to be established in the United States from mainland China. This led to establishing his primary direction as a gallery director to exhibit work by American and Asian-American painters, as well as artists from China, Japan and Korea. It has always been the focus of the Wickiser Gallery to create a visual dialogue between various cultures, and simultaneously reminds us of the ability of art to transcend cultural boundaries.

Since 1993 Wickiser Gallery has worked with the U.S. State Department and Art for Embassies Program. Wickiser’s artists have exhibited in U.S. Embassies in Seoul, Moscow, Manila, Qatar, Bucharest, and Cypress, to name a few. Since 2003 The Wickiser has exhibited at dozens of International Art Fairs including Art Aspen, Art Busan, Art Hamptons, Art Miami, Art on Paper, Art Toronto, Houston Fine Art Fair, LA Art Show, and the Seattle Art Fair.

The Wickiser Gallery has received numerous reviews in ArtNews, Art In America, Art and Antiques, the Washington Post, Tampa Bay Times and many other internationally recognized publications. The Wickiser has had many online reviews in publications such as the. Huffington Post. Work by many of the Wickiser’s artists have been exhibited at American museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the High Museum, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the New Britain Museum of American Art.

Online submission of artwork
April 4 – May 12:
Submit artwork at callforentry.org (contact the museum at 609-989-1191 or exhibitions@ellarslie.org if you need assistance)
Prospectus to be posted on this page

May 26: Juror completes first round(s) of jurying
May 27: Artists receive email notification for each artwork invited for the final round, which will take place in person at Trenton City Museum
June 5 & 6: Artists deliver artwork in person from 10 am to 3 pm for the final jurying round
June 9: The juror completes final jurying
June 10: Ellarslie Open 39 exhibiting artists are posted at ellarslie.org
June 11 & 12; June 17 & 18: Artists pick up any artwork not selected for exhibition (times to be announced)

Opening Weekend

June 25: Saturday VIP Reception 1 – 5 pm; Awards announced at 4 pm
June 26: Sunday Public Reception 1 – 4 pm
Gallery Talk with the Juror
Date to be announced. Award recipients will be invited to discuss their work.
Closing Day and Artwork Pick-Up
October 2: Ellarslie Open 39 draws to a close; 4-6 p.m., artists may pick up their work
October 3 – 9: Artwork is picked up with receipt (times tba); artwork that has not been picked up by the final date will be subject to a fine of $5 per day

Limit of two entries in each main category, six entries total. Media not limited to the examples listed below:
Digital Art
Drawing (including Graphite, Charcoal, Ink)
Fiber Art
Mixed Media
(Oil, Acrylic)


Dates and details subject to change.