Upcoming Exhibits

2018 Exhibition Schedule

 

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Transcendence – Kata Mejía

March 10 - April 14

Opening Reception: March 10, 7-9pm

 

Transcendence is a collection of work created between 2007-2017 by Kata Mejía that includes paintings, photographs and performance art.
After the death of her youngest brother, who was kidnapped and murdered by Colombia’s Farc terrorist guerrilla in 2006, Mejía started a series of performance art installations that explored life, death and sorrow. Mejía used her work as a cathartic mechanism to help her deal with pain while simultaneously addressing violence, kidnapping and human rights issues. In her paintings, paint strokes are layered to create abstract images suggesting physical transition and spiritual transcendence. Similar to the way places and images blend in dreams, for Mejía painting is meditative. “My unconscious thoughts and feelings are revealed through imagery that often reflects various aspects of my life and is reminiscent of places I have visited, physically or mentally, in dreams.”
Transcendence refers to a common thread in Kata Mejía’s work in which spiritual transcendence is explored ritually through various symbolic elements.
Kata Mejía is a performance artist and painter. She earned her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2004. She earned her BFA from Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Medellín.
 She has been awarded several grants and scholarships, including a 2009 Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the James Nelson Raymond Fellowship in 2004, the Trustee Scholarship from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, a Colombian Government Scholarship for Graduate Studies abroad, and a Graduate Studies Scholarship from Universidad Nacional de Colombia in 2002. Kata Mejía has shown her work in Colombia, USA, Chile and Japan.

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ARTWORKS 5th Annual Juried Print Exhibition

March 10 - April 14

Opening Reception: March 10, 7-9pm

 

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Mercer County Youth Art Month - AENJ

March 10 - April 14

Opening Reception: March 10, 2-4pm

 

Showcasing the works of young artists from around the Mercer County area.

 

 

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The Painterly Photo – Thomas Dodd

April 28 – June 2

Opening Reception: April 28, 7-9pm

Thomas Dodd is a visual artist and photographer based out of Atlanta, Georgia who has developed a style that he calls "painterly photo montage" - a method he employs in editing software in which he crafts elaborately textured pieces that have a very organic and decidedly non-digital look to them. His work often has mythic and quasi-religious themes that pay homage to Old Master art traditions while at the same time drawing from psychological archetypes that evoke a strong emotional response from the viewer.
Although his artwork resembles paintings, his pieces are entirely photographic in nature, fusing many images into a cohesive whole. His larger works are often presented in a mixed media form that adds a depth and texture that complements the photography beautifully.

Thomas has had numerous exhibitions of his works in many cities in the USA and around the world. He has had recent shows in Germany, Romania, Argentina, New York City, Mexico City, Orlando, Miami, New Orleans, Tokyo, San Antonio, Seattle, Paris and in his hometown of Atlanta. Dodd's photographs have been featured in many magazines, on book and album covers and he frequently teaches workshops and webinars on photo-editing and marketing for artists. 

Thomas began his career as a visual artist in 2005. Before that, he was best known as the harpist and songwriter for the 1990s musical group Trio Nocturna, a Celtic Gothic ensemble that put out three critically-acclaimed albums ("Morphia", "Tears of Light" and "Songs of the Celtic Night") and performed at author Anne Rice's annual Halloween balls in New Orleans, as well as spawning an offshoot band called the Changelings. Thomas also played harp on two albums by Michael Gira (the driving force behind the influential post-punk band the Swans) - "the Body Lovers" and the Angels of Light "New Mother".
The images that Thomas creates are basically a visual equivalent of the music he composed in the 1990s. Mythic themes and their relation to emotions and psychological states continue to be his primary subjects and motivations.

 

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The People of Trenton Photo Exhibition

April 28 – June 2

Opening Reception: April 28, 7-9pm

 

 

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All Parts of a System – Kate Eggleston

April 28 – June 2

Ongoing exhibition and teaching space for the month

 

 

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ARTWORKS Art All Night Selects Exhibition

June 30 – July 21

Opening Reception: June 30, 7-9pm

The Art All Night Exhibition showcases the works which stood out at this year’s Art All Night.  Works were selected by Artworks and Art All Night Staff, Artworks Board Members, and select sponsor representatives. 

 

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ARTWORKS Art All Night Sold Works

June 30 – July 21

Opening Reception: June 30, 7-9pm

This celebratory exhibition is a way to see the works that sold during Art All Night, and a time for the artists and buyers to meet. Purchased works can leave with the buyers the night of the opening.

 

 

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Pride and Prejudice – Andre Jackson

August 11 – September 8

Opening Reception: August 11, 7-9pm

My process of making is like hip-hop: I sample my life, family and friends; I remix visual references from history, pop culture, and diasporic cultures; I rap about the different facets of identity and experience. In the black vernacular “doing the most” means someone is behaving in a way exceeding what is necessary; as a maker I embody this. By obscuring text, invoking esoteric imagery, and working abstractly, I challenge the viewer to investigate and question my work, and hopefully their assumptions about identity politics. As such, presentation, representation and performance are critical sites of investigation.

 Each material I use acts as a single voice in the choir that is my body of work. Silicone, metal washers, yarn, acrylic paint, glitter, hair, etc. serve as individual singers, adding harmonies, and modulating keys, transcending their singular meaning and adding to the conversation about my intersecting identities. As such, collaging is vital to my process; each layer of material acts to dissect the complexity of issues addressed within my body of work. By balancing frivolity and utility I begin to question what we value. The juxtaposition of materials (hard/soft, stiff/flexible, glitter/shiny/matte), allows me to begin talking to the assumed contradictions within my life. By transforming and adapting common materials, I’m able to compel viewers to think differently about something they see everyday. 

 The commodification of beauty has led us to question aesthetic pleasure, often assuming beautiful objects lack meaning and gravity. I use that assumption as an entry point, a Trojan horse for complex issues. I contemplate what it means to be beautiful as a black person when “blackness”, as an idea and construct, has been used to dehumanize people, and traits associated with blackness have been deemed undesirable. When we talk about race, it is often in relationship to whiteness, with whiteness operating as the norm. Instead of centering whiteness, I center myself as a black, queer artist in an effort to normalize and celebrate my experiences. By exploring my intersecting identities, I begin to work through my own perceived contradictions of self.            

 

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August 11 – September 8

Opening Reception: August 11, 7-9pm

 

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CYO Summer Camp Expo

August 11 – September 8

Opening Reception:  TBD

Showcase of works created by the summer camp kids at the CYO Summer Camp art program.

 

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Art of the Counterculture - TPRFM

September 22 – October 20

Opening Reception: September 22, 7-9pm

This exhibition of works created by artists associated with the Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market, showcases artists who create art for the sake of art, and show a true punk, DIY ethic in their work.  Most of these artists create works that represent the counterculture presence in society today.

 

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Two Different Dimensions – Bill Ross / Mark Dormer

September 22 – October 20

Opening Reception: September 22, 7-9pm

The common definition of narrative art is art that tells a story. Pictoral storytelling dates back 40,000 yrs. to the earliest cave paintings and has continued throughout art history. Although representational art was considered dead in the 1950's - 70's, today, without a single dominating artistic movement, the narrative is popular again. Some believe that a single artwork is incapable of storytelling because it is impossible to offer sequence. However, Dornan and Ross are not concerned with trying to put forth a specific storyline, they encourage viewers to use their own imagination.

Freelance artist Mark Dornan has his narrative sculptures commissioned by Disney, Warner Bros. and Goebel to name a few. Mark works in all precious and simi-precious metals, wood, stone, resin and fiberglass. For this show only his own original artwork will be on view. Bill Ross shows his illustrative charcoal, colored pencil and ink drawings in galleries and exhibitions and has won numerous awards. Both artists are representational surrealists with a similar aesthetic. Old friends working separately but with a desire to display their artwork together. This will be their first joint exhibition as they prepare to collaborate more closely in the future.

 

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Things I C – Ms. Sue Ms. Sue

September 22 – October 20

Opening Reception: September 22, 7-9pm

DJ ms.sue ms.sue, who is known for spinning great tunes is also a amateur  photographer. She started her "Things I C" collection in 2014. Her first photo show was on display in the Ewing library, 61 Scotch Road, Ewing NJ. She has displayed a variety of photos for the pass two years at Ewing library. Her photo's speak about the "Things She C"! if you have a opportunity to meet and speak with her,  she will tell a story about each photo. She's has been taking pictures for over 40 years, using one time use cameras, and 35mm film cameras.  She has since graduated to digital cameras. She prefers digital cameras and shooting in color. She ties her photography with spinning music. It's about the rhythms.

"Things I C" photos will be on display for the first time at Artworks Trenton.

 

 

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ARTWORKS Art All Day Exhibition

November 3 – November 24

Opening Reception: November 3, 6-8pm

This group exhibition is a showcase of the exhibiting artists who participated in Art All Day.  If you missed this year's Art All Day, this is a great way to sample some of the participating artists works.  

 

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Doodles Diary – Alia Bensliman

November 3 – November 24

Opening Reception: November 3, 6-8pm

My artwork is contemporary art drawings that reflect my view of life and my sentiments about the current state of our society, socio political issues, taboos, religion, relationships, health, and human rights. It is also a depiction of my past experiences and how they have influenced me. My artwork is also a sort of diary of my everyday life.  I like to use a combination of intricate lines, shapes and repetitive patterns that I usually enhance with colors, ink, gold and silver paint and watercolors to create the desired textures and intensity mostly on Arch paper.  I like to call this collection of artwork “Doodles Diary”.

I have been interested and attracted to art and drawing since my early childhood. I grew up in Tunisia, North Africa. Tunisia is at a crossroad of eastern and ancient art and cultures on one hand and western more contemporary art on the other.  My art reflects a fusion of east and west with a penchant for North African and Berber art.  

This is reflected in my piece “Nostalgia”. The piece reflects a bride in traditional Tunisian wedding garb. Her hair is decorated with letters from the Arabic alphabet.  She also has Berber tattoos on her face.  This piece represents my nostalgic feelings about my native culture, traditions and language. It is also about the joy of getting married and moving to the United States shortly thereafter. The colors, shapes and pattern I use also attempt to fuse eastern and western styles. 

The piece, “Grab’em by the D***” was my immediate reaction and anger toward the Donald Trump famous quotes: “grab’em by the pussy” and “nasty woman”.  I drew a topless woman, with a pen for a middle finger, a lightbulb for a head, and a book for a short skirt. This is my mind reflects her intellect, her boldness, her confidence, and her courage.  She is surrounded by the stars and stripes and the preamble to the constitution to show her patriotism and knowledge of civic duties and civil rights.  As a spoof on Donald Trump’s quote “grab’em by the pussy”, she is dragging an orange letter D on a leash to reflect my and women’s anger at the lack of respect to women, their bodies and their sexuality.

I also try to draw about my personal experiences and milestones in life including the birth of my son and the emotions and feelings that accompanied that event. This was reflected in two of my early pieces, the first was “motherhood”, and the second was “The Resting Goddess”.  In the first piece I tried to express my feelings of uncertainty, fear, and doubts about going into unchartered territories, about the responsibility of bringing a child in this world and about raising a child and being a good parent, in contract with the extreme joy of becoming a mother, of having a new connection with a new life: a son!  The second part of this adventure was a new feeling of confidence, of serenity, of getting used to the idea of motherhood and parenting and of being at peace and at ease.  I tried to show this in the second piece, “The Resting Goddess”, where a silhouette of a woman sitting on the ground and blending in with nature from the ground to the skies reflects this sentiment for me.

The main piece of the show is “The Judge” This piece talks about taboos when it comes to mental illness such as depression and bipolar disorder in our society.  I attempt to expose our lack of knowledge and sensitivity to this condition and how we are, as society, harmful and detrimental to those who suffer from mental illness. 

The Judge is a 9 ft by 52 inch piece that depicts three scenarios: The middle scene represents the illness. With the DNA strands I try to show that the person affected did not cause the condition that it is due to external factors and heredity and that the person did not have a choice. They struggle to balance between the negative symptoms and the coping mechanisms.  The left side of the piece illustrates the negative effects of the illness, the racing thoughts through the skulls eating the hair and the lack of self-esteem through the hair cutting.  The right side reflects the coping mechanisms and the outside appearance that the person shows to the outside world in an attempt to be accepted by hiding the illness.

All my drawings are full of symbols and meaning that explain my sentiments about milestones in my life, my past experiences and my everyday life.  I also try to express my views about current sociopolitical issues, health issues, religions and human rights.  But I also try to draw in a way that allows the viewers to interpret the pieces in their own way. The goal of my drawings is to intrigue, engage and provoke thought and reflection from the viewers.  The intricate level of detail in each piece allows the viewer to discover more details and make new interpretations each time they view the piece.

 

 

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ARTWORKS Annual 10x10 Exhibition

December 8 – January 5

Opening Reception: December 8, 6-9pm

ABOUT THE 10X10

The Red Dot 10x10 Fundraising Exhibition is a chance for the novice to test the waters of the world of original art, experienced artists to help Artworks fund continued programming, and an opportunity for the collector to build their art collection.  Everyone wins!

How it Works

Red Dot + Artwork = Support. The Red Dot shows support of Community Arts in Trenton. Come to the Artworks Red Dot Fundraiser and put your red dot on the art that you love.

Over 200 Trenton area artists  will create works of art  on 10″x10″ canvas. Professional and novice artists can create works in oil, acrylic, mixed media, photography, pastel, watercolor and more.

Reception

From 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Saturday December 8th, each work of art will sell for $100.  Frames will be available for purchase as well, with the funds raised going to support Artworks.

Artwork purchased at the 10x10 show can be taken home that night.

 

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Members Exhibition

December 8 – January 5

Opening Reception: December 8, 6-9pm

This is Artworks Second Members Show.  This exhibition showcases the works created by Artworks Members, of all skill levels.  The Members Exhibition coincides with the Annual 10x10 Exhibition.

The ARTWORKS Members Exhibition is a chance for the novice artist members to test the waters of the world of original art, and experienced artist members to showcase their works.  It's a fun exhibition at Artworks celebrating your support of Artworks.

Reception

From 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Saturday December 8th, members works will be juried by the Artworks Staff.  

1st Prize:  Benefactor Level Artist Membership

2nd Prize:  Patron Level Artist Membership

3rd Prize:  Donor/Artist Membership