Artworks Trenton, a leading visual arts center in central New
Jersey, has appointed city resident Lauren Otis as the new executive
The selection followed an intensive regional search. Otis served as the interim director of Artworks during the search process.
“We are delighted to have Lauren as our executive director,” said Jeff Stewart, chair of the Board of Artworks Trenton. “Lauren brings a depth of knowledge of Artworks and the Trenton community, coupled with an exciting vision of what Artworks can become. We look forward to him leading Artworks to the next stage of its evolution.”
The mission of Artworks Trenton is to connect community, culture and creativity through the arts. Best known for Art All Night, a 24-hour arts festival that has become the premier public visual arts event in the region, Artworks promotes artistic diversity through exhibitions, workshops, and public art events. The goal is to make art an accessible experience for all, building community among and between art students of all ages, professional and amateur artists, inner city and suburban residents, die-hard art fans and first-time art appreciators.
The City of Trenton provides use of the Everett Alley facility to Artworks. Funding is provided in part by the Princeton Area Community Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Rotary Foundation of Trenton, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and Munich RE America.
Artworks has been providing arts and cultural activities in Trenton for more than twenty-five years.
Otis is the founding director of the Artworks program Art All Day, the annual artist open studio tour and creative showcase held each November. From 2009-2014, he was a member of the board of trustees of Artworks, serving as chairperson from 2010-2011.
He is a freelance writer, editor, photographer and artist. He worked for the Princeton Packet as a writer and editor for several years, and for the past year he has written the Planet Trenton column “Unknown Pleasures.” He earned his bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of Pennsylvania.
“I am extremely excited to have been selected by the Artworks board of trustees to lead this incredible organization,” Otis said of the appointment.
“Artworks programming, including Art All Night, Art All Day, our exhibitions, and our educational offerings, is already amazing, and has been central to putting Trenton on the map as an arts destination,” Otis said. “I look forward to building on Artworks’ relationships with our many wonderful partners in government, business, education, and the non-profit sector, and to working with Artworks’ dedicated staff, volunteers and board members to provide our many fans and supporters with great events, exhibits and programming in the years to come.”