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“Mercer County Artists” Award Winners Announced

Exhibit on Display at MCCC Gallery through March 24

2/25/16


West Windsor, N.J. – A colorful and creative feast for the eyes greeted more than 100 artists, their supporters, students and county officials who turned out for the Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony for “Mercer County Artists 2016” on February 24.  The exhibit is on display through March 24 at the Gallery at Mercer County Community College (MCCC), located on the second floor of the Communications Building on the college's West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.  (The gallery will be closed for Spring Break, March 14 to 18.)

The show features 69 works by 55 artists in a variety of media including oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings, as well as mixed media collages and 18 sculptures.

Gallery Director Dylan Wolfe announced the award winners with fellow presenters Pat Colavita, Jr., Mercer County Freeholder, and Tricia Fagan from the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission.

“This exhibit once again affirms the wealth of talent and ingenuity that surrounds us," Wolfe observed. "Our art community inspires us to see the beauty in even the simplest things." Wolfe curated the show with the assistance of MCCC student volunteers.” Wolfe curated the show with the assistance of student volunteers.

“This exhibit once again affirms the wealth of talent and ingenuity that surrounds us," Wolfe observed. "Our art community inspires us and helps us see the beauty in even the simple things." Wolfe curated the show with the assistance of MCCC student volunteers.

Wolfe praised the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission for its continuing support of the exhibit. This year, MCCHC selected three paintings for its permanent collection, which is displayed in the county building in Trenton. He also thanked the show's juror, Jesse Vincent, Education Coordinator at Artworks Trenton, for immersing herself in the challenging jurying process. “There were many tough choices. Jesse strove to create an exhibit that reflected multiple mediums and subjects,” Wolfe said. Vincent selected from 215 pieces submitted by 121 artists.

Janis Purcell, of East Windsor, was the recipient of The Best in Show Award, sponsored by Blick Art Materials, for “Diva,” a wood and mixed media sculpture inspired by African art. Juror’s Choice Awards went to Chris Cooper, of Lawrenceville, for “Self-Portrait” and Alice Sims-Gunzenhauser, of Lawrenceville, for “That Night.”  Honorable Mentions went to Joseph Dougherty, of Pennington, for “Stick”; Roseann Kanter, of Lawrenceville, for “Leopard”; and Lucretia McGuff-Silverman, of Roosevelt, for “Winter Road at Sunset.” Mercer County Purchase Awards were presented to John Brecko, of Ewing, for “Daybreak”; Sean Carney, of Ewing, for “First Snow”; and Leni Morante, of Mercerville, for “Van Cumpen Brook – Delaware Water Gap.” West Windsor Arts Council's prizes were presented to Allison Singer, of Princeton Junction, for “Deep in the Park” and Andrew Werth, of Princeton Junction, for “Sierpinski Squared.” More photos of the exhibit are available on Facebook here.

Gallery hours are Mondays through Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with Wednesday hours extended until 7 p.m. (The gallery is closed during Spring Break, March 14 to 18.)

The exhibition is co-sponsored by and supported through a grant from the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission, with funding from the New Jersey State Council of the Arts/ Department of State, a partner of the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information about this and other exhibits at the MCCC Gallery, visit the webpage here. Directions to the campus and a campus map can be found here.

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"My heart is at Mercer County College,"declared Janis Purcell, left, pictured next to her Best in Show wood and mixed media sculpture "Diva." Also pictured are Arlene Milgram, another featured artist, and Kelsey Theatre Artistic Director Kitty Getlik.  

Sean Carney earned a Purchase Award from the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission for "First Snow," a scene from Portland, Maine.

Joseph Dougherty, of Pennington, with "Stick,"
one of three Honorable Mentions.

MCCC alumna Iwona Skiba with "Crystal Elk,"
composed of pipe cleaners and Borax crystals.