Showcasing the 2019-2021 Recipients of Fellowship Awards in the Visual Arts

Statement from the Secretary of State

As the 34th Secretary of State, I am proud to recognize the artists whose work is featured in this exhibition and commend their accomplishment of being awarded an Artist Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Opportunities such as this to uplift New Jersey’s many talented artists both reinforce the vitality of the state’s arts industry and amplify the significance of art in our lives. I applaud Artworks Trenton for their superb collaboration with the Arts Council and congratulate them on the outstanding success of this project.

At the Department of State and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, we believe our state’s artists are key to enhancing community life and sustaining our culture. I am proud to work closely with the Arts Council to ensure artists fro all backgrounds have opportunities to thrive, impact their communities, and contribute to the vibrancy of this state. Thanks to the ongoing partnership between the Arts Council and Mid Atlantic Arts, the Individual Artist Fellowship program continues to be an exemplary model of support for artists and a testament to the importance of their create expression. I celebrate the incredible artistry presented here and the dedication of all who made sharing it possible.

The Honorable Tahesha Way
Secretary of State

Statement from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts

The New Jersey State Council on the Arts is proud to support this diverse exhibition of work by visual artists who received Arts Council Fellowship awards in crafts, digital and electronic media, interdisciplinary arts, painting, photography, sculpture, and works on paper in 2019, 2020, and 2021. This show includes impressive examples of the outstanding artistic talent in New Jersey, and we are delighted to collaborate with Artworks Trenton to bring this thought provoking work to a wider audience.

The Arts Council created the Artist Fellowship Program in 1971, to help support and acknowledge New Jersey artists. For decades we have seen the critical differences that providing this kind of financial support can make, as well as the importance of helping artist gain further public exposure for their work and advance their careers.

We want to express our appreciation to Addison Vincent, Gallery Manager at Artworks Trenton, for the expert coordination and vision of this project. Artworks Trenton has a distinguished history of supporting the arts as a central component of thriving communities, and for providing high-quality, engaging art experiences that are accessible to all.

We also extend our warmest congratulations to all of the exhibiting artists. It is a privilege to participate in the support of our state’s artists, who remain at the heart of all we do.

Elizabeth Mattson, Chair
Allison Tratner, Executive Director
Danielle Bursk, Director of Community Partnerships & Artist Services

Department of State New Jersey State Council on the Arts Members

Elizabeth A. Mattson, Chair

Kevin M. O’Brien, 1st Vice Chair

Sharon Burton Turner, 2nd Vice Chair

Ofelia Garcia
Lana Gold Walder
Joice C. Goore
Felicia Grant
Carol Ann Herbert
Jeremy Grunin
Gina Hulings
Dolores A. Kirk
Ruth Lipper
Vivian Scott Chewe

Ex-Officio Members
Tahesha Way, Secretary of State
Senator Holly T. Schepisi
Assemblyman James J. Kennedy

Artworks Trenton Board of TRUSTEES and Staff

Board of Trustees


Barry Zhang, Board Chair

Phil Cohen, Vice Chair

Matt Lucash, Treasurer

Jeff Gould, Secretary


Tricia Fagan
Sushama Austin-Conner
Gerald Liu
C.a. Shofed
D. Vance Smith


M’kina Tapscott, Executive Director
Addison Vincent, Gallery Manager
Kenya Bullock, Education and Community Outreach Coordinator
Jonathan “Lank” Connor, Public Projects Manager

Curator Note

I would like to thank the State Council on the Arts for giving Artworks Trenton the opprtunitiy to host this exhibition and truly fulfill our mission of connecting community, culture and creativity through the arts. I would also like the thank Danielle Bursk, Stephanie Nerbak and Michelle Baxter-Schaffer for their support in brining this exhibition to life. The the exhibiting artists, thank you for sharing your talents, creativity and inspiration with us all.

— Addison Vincent

Funding is provided by New Jersye State Council on the Arts/Department of State; City of Trenton, New Jersey (in-kind); The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; National Endowment for the Arts; The Bunbury Fund at Princeton Area Community Foundation; NJM Insurance Group; Sustainable Jersey; Janssen Pharmaceuticals/Johnson & Johnshon; Princetel Inc., Mary G. Roebling Foundation