"Garden State Project"
An Installation at ARTWORKS Gallery May 3 to 29, 2005

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At left are students and arts faculty members of Mercer County Community College who contributed to the innovative “Garden State Exhibit” at ARTWORKS.

Front row: Heather Roman, Julio DeLeon, Susan Locicero, faculty member Paula Swisher, Levi Guerrero; Middle row: Andrea Dugan, faculty members Yevgeniy Fiks and Mark Stockton, Matthew Morton, Pam Ainsworth; Back row: Faculty members Sean Dembrosky and Edgar Endress, Kevin Koo, Nathan Majoros.

MCCC at ARTWORKS is pleased to present Garden State Project, a collaborative exhibition by students and art faculty members of Mercer County Community College (MCCC). The show runs from May 3 to 29, 2005 at the ARTWORKS gallery on Stockton Street in Trenton, immediately across from the NJ Division of Motor Vehicles. An opening reception takes place on Friday, May 13 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Garden State Project explores New Jersey as a locale,” says Yevgeniy Fiks, a fine arts faculty member at Mercer. “Without shying away from contradictions, the artists explore and deconstruct existing stereotypes about New Jersey and its inhabitants – and have some fun at the same time.” Among the questions addressed by the exhibit are: What make New Jersey unique? How do others perceive New Jersey and its residents? How do New Jersey residents see themselves?

The project began when Mercer art professors invited outstanding students to collaborate on exploring multidisciplinary approaches in contemporary art. Garden State Project includes the disciplines of multimedia, installation, performance, environmental art, video and digital media.

“We’re excited about the installation,” says faculty member Mark Stockton, “and the process has also been important. Faculty and student team members have been working together on a new model of creative exchange – one which differs from the dynamics in the classroom. The student artists are gaining first-hand experience in alternative arts media and practices while working as true collaborators.”

MCCC at ARTWORKS is operated by Mercer County Community College in cooperation with the City of Trenton (Mayor Douglas H. Palmer), and the Department of Parks, Natural Resources and Culture (Director Francis E. Blanco). Gallery hours are Tuesdays 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6:30 to 9 p.m., Saturdays 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and Sundays noon to 3 p.m.

For further information contact MCCC Gallery Director Tricia Fagan at 609-586-4800 ext. 3588 or 3589 or e-mail fagant@mccc.edu.

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