West Windsor, N.J. – The Gallery at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) presents “Art Served Up Trenton Style,” an exhibition of works from the Trenton Artists Workshop Association (TAWA) and the SAGE Coalition. The show runs from Tuesday, Oct. 13 to Thursday, Oct. 29, with an opening reception to be held Wednesday, Oct. 14 from 5 to 7 p.m.
The MCCC Gallery is located on the second floor of the Communications Building on the college’s West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. Directions and a campus map can be found here.
The exhibition combines works by 22 artists from the two organizations, both of which have made a major mark on New Jersey’s capital city art scene. The artists include: Priscilla Snow Algava, Joanne Amantea, Elizabeth Aubrey, William Condry “Kasso,” Jonathan Conner “Lank,” Katie Hector, Dean Innocenzi “Ras,” Aubrey J. Kauffman, James Kelewae "Luv One," Wills Kinsley, Dave Klama "Mek One," Mary Allessio Leck, Mel Leipzig, Terri McNichol, Marge Miccio, Dave Orantes, Gentrifried Prufrock, Leon Rainbow, Bonnie Christina Randall, Addison Vincent, Jesse Vincent and Andrew Wilkinson.
The 32 artworks, which were created between 2011 and 2015, reflect a mixture of backgrounds, approaches, and traditions in media including acrylic paint, spray paint, watercolor, steel and rubber, oil paint, print, plaster, mixed media, and photographic print. The size of the works ranges from 11 x 14 inches (Conner) to 48 x 48 inches (Leipzig). Pieces by Leipzig, Kauffman, Rainbow, and Kasso were featured in a recent gallery exhibit in New York City.
The Trenton Artists Workshop has a 30-year history of exhibiting in venues such as the New Jersey State Museum, Trenton City Museum and Artworks. It produced the ground-breaking “Eyes on Trenton” festival, an artistic exchange with the Soviet Union, and has spearheaded important city arts initiatives and programs.
SAGE is a younger organization composed of street writers and artists. The group has launched Trenton’s “Windows of Souls,” a city-beautification program that uses mural and graffiti art to bring life to abandoned buildings and streets. SAGE organizes the annual “Jersey Jam,” one of the largest graffiti projects on the East Coast.