The Ellarslie Open (EO) returns — and it’s the biggest yet!

Sidelined in 2020 by the coronavirus pandemic, the Trenton City Museum’s annual juried show will return for 2021 as Ellarslie Open 37/38 in acknowledgment of its cancelled year and its return. The celebration begins today, Saturday, June 26 through Sunday, June 27.

The EO showcases work by established and emerging artists from across the region and beyond, and has grown into the Delaware Valley’s premier annual juried exhibition since its inception in 1983. This returning year, the event will feature an incredible array of 137 works by 126 artists from NJ, PA, NY and MD.

Today is the VIP opening day for Ellarslie Open 37/38. From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., attendees will mix and mingle outdoors under festive tents, enjoy carefully served food and beverages, hear live music performed on the veranda and discuss the showcased artwork in the spacious galleries.

Throughout the evening, guests will have a chance to win an array of prizes. Winners will be announced outdoors in the last hour from 4 p.m to 5 p.m. Tickets are free for EO artists and two guests. For all other attendees, tickets are $15 at the door.

Today’s showcase will be juried by Dr. William R. Valerio, Director of Philadelphia’s Woodmere Art Museum.

The Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion announces Dr. William R. Valerio, Director of the Woodmere Art Museum of Philadelphia, as the Juror for the 2021 Ellarsie Open. Prospectus and entry information are available at The highly anticipated show will open June 26 and runs through October 3 | Photo courtesy of Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion

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.

Director of the Woodmere Art Museum since 2010, Dr. Valerio has led the Philadelphia 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.

During the event, attendees will have a chance to meet and speak with Dr. Valerio as well as EO Chair Joyce Inderbitzin, and many artists at our VIP Opening Day Reception.

Tomorrow, Sunday, June 27, EO will have its free public opening reception. Those who attend the free public reception will have an equal opportunity to mix and mingle outside under the tents and discuss the EO artwork.

For more information about Ellarslie Open, click HERE. 

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