Ellarslie Open 39 in 2022 Photo Credit: Contributed.

Trenton City Museum Calls for Artists


(Trenton, NJ) – Trenton City Museum announces Reginald M. Browne, Vice Chair of the Pennsylvania
Academy of Fine Arts and Chairman of Creative Capital Foundation, as Juror for the 40 th Ellarslie Open.
Artists are encouraged to enter artwork online through May 11 for consideration in the show, which runs
from June 24 through September 30. 

Cosmos at Phillips – Ann Thomas- Curator’s Award Winner Photo Credit: Contributed.

Diane Ciccone, Vice President of the Trenton Museum Society, said, “Reginald Browne brings a fresh and exciting perspective as a supporter of artists and the arts. We look forward to his vision as juror for
Ellarslie Open 40.”


“Forty is a huge milestone not only for the Ellarslie Open but also for the Trenton Museum Society,
which itself marks 50 years in 2023,” said TMS President Joan Perkes. “The Open debuted a few years into our partnership with the City of Trenton that transformed Ellarslie Mansion into the Trenton City Museum. Since its inception, the Ellarslie Open has been woven into the museum’s history, TMS, and our community in creating and sustaining the museum’s cultural offerings.”


Artists may submit up to four works online for consideration in Ellarslie Open 40. The prospectus,
timeline, and entry link are at ellarslie.org/EO40. The top honor, Best In Show Overall, comes with an
award of $1000. Top prizes will also be given in each of five categories (painting; works on paper;
sculpture; photography; digital art) and through special award sponsorships.


Showcasing contemporary works by established and emerging artists from across the region and beyond,
the Ellarslie Open has developed into the area’s premier annual juried exhibition since it began in 1982.
In 2022, from 528 entries, 163 diverse works of art were exhibited by artists from across New Jersey,
Pennsylvania, New York, and beyond. The 2023 show opens Saturday, June 24, with an Artists &
Members Reception, and remains on view through September 30. A Breakfast with the Juror and Artist
Talks will be announced.

Juror Reginald M. Browne Photo Credit: Contributed. 

Juror Reginald M. Browne is the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), Chair of PAFA’s Board of Governors of Art College, and a member of the Executive
Committee. He is the Chairman of Creative Capital Foundation, a nonprofit, grantmaking organization
whose mission is to provide grant funding to artists in the creation of groundbreaking new work. He is on
the board of Silver Art Projects, a nonprofit organization that provides artists with free, year-long studio
space and career development opportunities that accelerate and enhance their artistic practice. 
A Principal of GTS Securities, an automated multi-asset class market maker headquartered in New York
City, Mr. Browne has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from La Salle University where he serves on the Board of Trustees. He and his wife Dr. Aliya Browne are known as influential collectors
of contemporary African diasporic portraiture and abstract expressionist art.


The Trenton City Museum is housed in Ellarslie Mansion, an 1848 Italianate Villa in the heart of
Trenton’s historic Cadwalader Park, which was designed by the legendary Frederick Law Olmsted. The
building is owned by the City of Trenton. Ongoing and rotating shows explore and celebrate Trenton’s
history and culture and showcase contemporary regional art and artists. Museum hours are Friday and
Saturday from 12 to 4 pm and Sundays from 1 to 4 pm. There is no admission fee, but donations in
support of the museum’s mission and programs are welcomed. Visit ellarslie.org to learn more.
For more on Ellarslie Open 40 and other museum programming, visit ellarslie.org/EO40 or contact
exhibits@ellarslie.org or 609-989-1191.

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