The Trenton City Museum’s annual Ellarslie Open Juried Art Show invites artists to submit their work through May 12

The Trenton City Museum’s annual juried art exhibition Ellarslie Open invites artists to submit work until May 12 via its online call for art. Walter Wickiser, from the Wickiser Gallery in New York, will be the jury for the 2022 exhibition. Artists can submit up to six works, with a maximum of two in one of the 10 main judging categories. Full instructions, timeline and entry link can be found at The top prize, Best In Show Overall, comes with a $1,000 prize. Best In Show in 2021 was awarded to Mikhail Gubin from New York.

Showcasing contemporary works by established and emerging artists from across the region and beyond, the Ellarslie Open has become the region’s first annual juried exhibition since its inception in 1983. In 2021, out of 619 entries, it exhibited 136 various works of art by artists. from greater Trenton, through New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York, and beyond. The 2022 exhibition will open on June 25 and will remain on view until October 2. Details of exhibition events will be announced.

Walter Wickiser’s career as an art dealer officially began in 1990 in Soho, NY, when he became the first gallery director to come to the United States from mainland China. This led him to establish his primary direction as a gallery director to exhibit works by American and Asian-American painters, as well as Chinese, Japanese, and Korean artists. Wickiser Gallery’s goal is to create a visual dialogue between different cultures and remind viewers of the ability of art to transcend cultural boundaries.

Since 1993, Wickiser Gallery has worked with the US State Department and the Art for Embassies program. Wickiser artists have exhibited at US embassies in Seoul, Moscow, Manila, Qatar, Bucharest, and Cypress, to name a few. Since 2003, Wickiser Gallery has exhibited at dozens of international art fairs, including Art Aspen, Art Busan, Art Hamptons, Art Miami, Art on Paper, Art Toronto, Houston Fine Art Fair, LA Art Show and the Seattle Art Fair.

Wickiser Gallery has received numerous reviews in ArtNews, Art In America, Art and Antiques, The Washington Post, The Tampa Bay Times, and The Huffington Post. The works of several of its artists have been exhibited in American museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the High Museum, the Dallas Museum of Art and the New Britain Museum of American Art.

The Trenton City Museum is housed in the Ellarslie Mansion, an 1848 Italianate villa in the heart of Trenton’s historic Cadwalader Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. Ongoing and rotating exhibits explore Trenton’s history and culture and showcase contemporary regional fine art. The opening hours of the museum are Friday and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. There is no admission charge, but donations in support of the museum’s mission and programs are appreciated. Visit

For more information about Ellarslie Open 39, visit or contact [email protected] or 609-989-1191.

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