The Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion’s Open 37 extravaganza gets underway with the receipt of artwork on March 20 through 22 for a juried exhibit to be mounted in May. The entire competition is sponsored by the Trenton Museum Society and The Trenton City Museum, who invite artists from Trenton, the Delaware Valley region and beyond, to have their work shown in one of the region’s major exhibition venues.

Artists may submit recently-produced works in most media (not film or video). Awards and prizes will be given in 10 categories. Submissions are limited to six works, with no more than two from each judging category, as detailed in the prospectus available to view and download. Prospectuses are not sent through the mail, so please notify any friends who may not have email access. Print copies are available at the museum.

William Valerio, Juror

The Juror is Dr. William R. Valerio, Head of the Woodmere Art Museum
(Philadelphia) since 2010, who has led that museum into its increasingly vital presence in the cultural life of the region. As the museum’s Patricia Van Burgh Allison Director and CEO, Dr. Valerio has overseen the organization of nearly one hundred exhibitions while expanding and digitizing its collection. Efforts to elevate the visibility of Philadelphia’s artists and the shared appreciation of the city’s unique art and history have led to the Woodmere’s dramatic growth of diversity in program and audience and its steady expansion of attendance, membership, and community involvement.

Dr. Valerio graduated Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Williams College in 1985. He earned his MA in Art History at the University of Pennsylvania in 1987 and his PhD in Art History at Yale University in 1996. After working as Curator at the Queens Museum of Art in New York, he attended the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, earning his MBA in 2004 with a double major in Strategic Management and Marketing. Dr. Valerio has received numerous awards and fellowships, including the Rome Prize of the American Academy in Rome.

Ellarslie front elevation (credit CCH)

The Exhibit Curator is Joyce Inderbitzin, and the Administrative Curator is Sally Baxter. The schedule of events is as follows:
March 20-22, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. / Submission of work
March 27 / Announcement of accepted work
March 28 & 29 / Pick-up of unaccepted work
May 1, 6 – 8:30 p.m. / VIP Night, Announcement of Awards
Artists and two guests free; add’l guests $15/$10 members
May 2, 6 – 8:30 p.m. / Opening reception for public
May 2 – July 2 / Ellarslie Open 37 is on view
July 3, 5, 6 / Pick-up of unsold work

For questions, contact Curator Joyce Inderbitzin at or 609-989-1191 or visit

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