Mercer County Artists Exhibit

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Mercer County Artists Exhibit

In 1971, the County’s Cultural and Heritage Commission created the Mercer County Artists show – an annual, juried exhibition showcasing the work of artists 18 years or older that are living, working or studying full time in Mercer County. (See recent prospectus for full eligibility requirements.) This was the first County-sponsored program of its type to be held in New Jersey. The Commission partners with public art galleries to present these exhibits. Early shows were held at Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey), however, since the 1990s, the Commission’s partner for the Mercer County Artists exhibit has been The Gallery at Mercer County Community College in West Windsor.

Both Merit Awards and "Mercer County Purchase Awards" are given out each year. Works chosen for Purchase Awards become a part of the County's extensive Permanent Art Collection, displayed and maintained at the McDade Administration Building in Trenton. In the 1980s the program expanded to include a biennial Mercer County Photography exhibition, also open to all residents of the County.

The Mercer County Artists 2019

  • Early Drop Off, Thursday, May 9, 12 - 3 p.m.
  • Drop Off, Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 
  • Judging, Sunday, May 12, 10 a.m.
  • Pick up Works not Accepted, Sunday, May 12, 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. 
    Monday, May 13, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Show - May 20 - July 8
  • Reception & Awards, Wednesday, May 22, 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Final Pick Up, Tuesday, July 9, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
    Wednesday, July 10, 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.

For information about Mercer County Artists exhibits, email your name, full street address (with city and ZIP code), and a telephone number to . Please use "MCArtist" as the subject line of your email.

2017 Mercer County Artists' Purchase Awards

Mechtild Bitter - "Crater of the Moon II" - raku-fired ceramics
James Doherty - 'Pigtails" - oil
Lea Novak - "Floating Feather" - oil
Maxine Shore - 'Hiking in the Swiss Alps" - oil on panel

       Van Cumpen Brook by Leni Morante 2016       Daybreak by John Brecko 2016        SCarney_FirstSnow   

2016 Mercer County Artists’ Purchase Awards

John Brecko, Jr.- "Daybreak"- oil (center)
Sean Carney - "First Snow" - stain/oil paint on incised wood panel (right)
Leni Morante - "Van Cumpen Brook, Delaware Water Gap" - oil (left)

2015 Mercer County Artists’ Purchase Awards

Jamie Greenfield - "Seven Gold Coins" - mixed media
Adam Hillman - untitled/green - acrylic/marker
Terri McNichol - "The Baptism" – watercolor
Libby Ramage - "Incantation" - mixed media
Cathy Saska-Mydlowski - "South Beach" – oil

The Mercer County Artists and Mercer County Photo exhibits are both supported, in part, through a grant from the

New Jersey State Council on the Arts.