Windsor, N.J. - The Gallery at Mercer County Community College
announced the award winners for "Mercer County Photographers"
at an Opening Reception Nov. 9. The exhibit, which runs through
Dec. 19, features 51 works by 38 photographers who live, work
or study in Mercer County. The pieces were selected from 184
entries by 68 photographers. A Winter Solstice Concert will
be performed on the show's closing day, starting at 6:30 p.m.
The Gallery is located on the second floor of the Communications
Building on Mercer's
West Windsor campus at 1200 Old Trenton Road.
The juror was photographer and instructor Ricardo Barros.
According to MCCC Gallery Curator/Director Tricia Fagan, almost
a third of the photographers (22) participated in the jurying
process for the first time and 10 of them were chosen to be
part of the show. "It's always exciting to welcome newcomers,
along with the more established artists," Fagan says.
"For many, it's not only their induction into a new life
as an exhibiting artist, but also an introduction to Mercer
and the terrific photography courses the college offers."
Fagan notes that one of the Gallery's primary missions is
to support the vibrant Mercer County arts community and another
is to encourage and inspire Mercer students. "Mr. Barros
has selected a strong show that moves the dialogue about photography
into the 21st century, offering our students and the public
some fascinating food for thought," she said.
Winner of the Best in Show was Fame Dileo of Princeton for
"Letter to Emma." The two Juror's Choice awards
went to Bill Slack of Princeton for "Night Team: Paving"
and Fred Everett of Hamilton for "The Last Time I Saw
You." Honorable mentions included Beth Amoroso of Hamilton
for "Young Adonises," Ilya Genin of Yardley, Pa.,
for "Soy Cuba #5," Ruth Goodman of Princeton for
"Moiré Patterns and Shadows," Frank Magalhães
of Princeton for "The Little Mermaid," Eva Meyer
of Plainsboro for "Laura," and Barbara Warren of
Yardley, Pa., for Despair #6."
County Cultural and Heritage Commission presented six Purchase
Awards. Awardees included Jay Brandinger of Pennington for
"Green Bee on Black-Eyed Susan," Len Ciuffreda of
Lawrenceville for "Fall Storm," Kristin Furbeck
of Hamilton for "Times Square," Elijah Sabree of
Trenton for "Sunrise on Belle," Walt Varan of Ewing
for "Lookout," and Samuel Vovsi of Princeton for
"Alfama (Old Lisbon)."
Photography Club presented its award to Walt Varan for his
photograph "Abandoned." Carl Geisler, president
of the club, observed that in the five years since Mercer
first hosted this photography exhibit, it has become one of
the most popular among the club's 220+ members.
This biennial exhibit is a partnership between the MCCC Gallery
and the Mercer County Culture and Heritage Commission. The
Commission provides support for the exhibit with funds from
the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State
(a partner of the National Endowment for the Arts) and from
the County of Mercer, County Executive Brian M. Hughes, and
the Board of Chosen Freeholders.
Regular Gallery hours are Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Wednesdays,
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.; and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to
3 p.m. and 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
For more information, visit the Gallery website here,
call 609-570-3589, or
to the campus and a campus map can be found here.
Curator Tricia Fagan welcomes photographers and other
guests. She is pictured with Carl Geisler, left, president
of the Princeton Photography Club, and Nora Ananos of
the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission.
Brandinger's "Green Bee on Black-Eyed Susan"
the award winners were: kneeling, Frank Magalhaes, left, and
Ilya Genin; middle row, from left, Ruth Goodman, Barbara Warren,
Fame Dileo, Beth Amoroso and Fred Everett; back row, from
left, Walt Varan, Gallery Curator Tricia Fagan and Eva Meyer.
Not pictured Bill Slack, Kristin Furbeck, Elijah Sabree and