The 28th Ellarslie Open at the Trenton City Museum and Artworks

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The 28th Ellarslie Open at the Trenton City Museum and Artworks
190 Artists: 199 works at Ellarslie, 87 at Artworks
April 24 – June 20, 2010 at Ellarslie
April 23 – June 1, 2010 at Artworks
Opening reception at Artworks, April 23, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Opening reception at Ellarslie, May 1, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Awards presented between 5:30 and 6:00 p.m.

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 started 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 nearly five 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 allover the tri-state region and beyond, while encouraging and recognizing emerging artists.

This year, the Ellarslie Open proudly exhibits 286 works 190 extraordinary artists. Join us in celebrating the work and the artists our region boasts.

Juror Michael Cagno
m_ssMichael Cagno did his undergraduate work at Rowan University in fine art with a painting concentration in painting and art history and has a master’s degree in museum studies from Seton Hall University. He is the executive director of the Noyes Museum of Art in Oceanville, NJ, an adjunct professor at Cumberland County Community College and Richard Stockton College, and past director of Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts in Millville, NJ. He is on the boards of NJ Art Pride, the African American Heritage Museum, the South Jersey Culture Alliance, the New Jersey Association of Museums, ArtPort, the Atlantic County Transportation Authority, and the Creative Artist Alliance of New Jersey. He has curated exhibitions for the Guild of Creative Art in Red Bank, NJ, the Salmagundi Art Club in New York, the Audubon Artists Society, the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Science, and the Gloucester County College 24th Annual Juried Art Exhibition. We welcome Michael to the list of outstanding jurors for the Ellarslie Open at the Trenton City Museum.

“It was both an honor and very humbling experience to jury the Ellarslie Open for the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion and the exhibition at Artworks. With over 575 original works of art submitted for this momentous exhibition, it was the most difficult exhibition I have ever juried. The quality of the work entered was refreshing. However, I am confident with selections that were made in order to provide Ellarslie and Artworks with the best this show has had to offer. I commend Trenton City Museum director Brian Hill for his leadership, inspiration and hard work in putting this exhibition together. Congratulations to the winners and I wish all the artists the very best.”

–Michael Cagno April 2010

2010 Award Winners

The Mayor’s Award for Excellence, Mike Gympo, Encounter, Wood Sculpture, at Ellarslie
Ben Whitmire Purchase Award, Katie Petrillo, On the Streets of Greece, Fiber Art
Best in Show Overall, David Rivera, Passages, Oil, at Ellarslie
Trenton Museum Society Purchase Award, Larry Chestnut, Paul’s Oil Cans, Oil, at Ellarslie
Best in Show – Fiber Art, Katie Petrillo, On the Streets of Greece
Best in Show – Printmaking, Cynthia Groya, Burning Man, Etching, at Ellarslie
Runner Up – Printmaking, Maryann Cannon, My Hide Away, Etching, at Ellarslie
Honorable Mention – Printmaking, Jameson Moore, St Thomas NYC, Woodblock Print, at Ellarslie
Best in Show – Painting, Dolores D’Achille, Morning Paper, Oil, at Ellarslie
Runner Up – Painting, Al Barker, Routes 29/202, Lambertville, Oil, at Ellarslie
Runner Up – Painting, Michael Buden, Cunningham Road, Oil
Honorable Mention – Painting, S.L. Baker, Mindfulness, Acrylic, at Ellarslie
Honorable Mention – Painting, Lai-hsien Chung Price, South Side Conference, Oil, at Ellarslie
Best in Show – Watercolor, Karen Terry, The Path at Night, Watercolor, at Ellarslie
Runner Up – Watercolor, Elizabeth A. Peck, U.S. Senate, Watercolor, at Ellarslie
Honorable Mention – Watercolor, Robert Sakson, Stand Down, Watercolor, at Ellarslie
Best in Show – Sculpture, S Twardus, Long Walk Home, Ceramics, at Ellarslie
Runner Up – Sculpture, Glenn Cullen, Marguerite, Metal Sculpture, at Ellarslie
Honorable Mention – Sculpture, William Knight, Positive and Negative Shapes, Metal and Rubber Sculpture, at Artworks
Best in Show – Mixed Media, Robin Robinson, Call It Better, Collage, at Ellarslie
Runner Up – Mixed Media, Brendon Connors, Studio Relics, Mixed-Media Wall Mounted, at Artworks
Best in Show – Drawing, Morris Docktor, Extasis, Charcoal Drawing, at Ellarslie
Runner Up – Drawing, Diane Greenberg, Her Hat, Graphite Drawing, at Ellarslie
Honorable Mention – Drawing, Salomon Kadoche, The Sous Chef, Pastel, at Ellarslie
Best in Show – Digital Art, Francis X. Smith, Palace in the Desert, Digital Art, at Ellarslie
Best in Show – Photography, Neil Larsen, Remember the 50’s, Photography, at Ellarslie
Runner Up – Photography, Patricia Bender, Ella (14), Photography, at Artworks
Honorable Mention – Photography, Donna Lovely, Feeling Blue, Photography, at Ellarslie


Thursday, March 18, Noon – 7:00 p.m.: Submission of 3-dimensional work

Friday and Saturday, March 19 and 20, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Submission of 2-dimensional work

Friday, March 26, after 6:00 p.m.: Posting of accepted works on

Saturday, March 27, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Pick up of unaccepted work

Tuesday – Saturday, March 30 – April 3, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Pick up of unaccepted work

Friday, April 23, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.: Salon opening reception at Artworks

Saturday, May 1, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.: Opening reception at Ellarslie

Tuesday, June 1: Artworks exhibition closes

Sunday, June 20: Ellarslie exhibition closes

Tuesday – Saturday June 22 – 26, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Pick up of art work

Download the 2010 prospectus