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Lauren Otis to step down as head of Artworks

Lauren Otis

Lauren Otis will be stepping down from his role as the executive director of Artworks, Trenton’s visual arts center. Otis will continue to lead Artworks until his replacement is found.

Artworks, a non-profit with over 55 years of history in the greater Trenton area, has become one of Trenton’s most visible arts organizations with programming and events that have elevated the profile of arts and culture in the capital city.

“Artworks, like many urban organizations and communities, has faced huge challenges in recent years. We have met those challenges and overcome them, laying a foundation for ourselves and our diverse Trenton community to prosper,” Otis said. “I’m proud of what Artworks has been able to accomplish under my tenure, but it’s now time for us to transition to new leadership and move the organization to even greater levels of effectiveness and community engagement.”

Otis said he will work his my successor and the Artworks board of trustees to ensure a smooth transition.

An artist and longtime supporter of Artworks, Otis has been the head of Artworks since 2016. He was previously the interim executive director. He served on the board of trustees of Artworks from 2009 to 2014, and was board chair in 2010 and 2011.  

“We are sorry to see Lauren go, but looking forward to the process of identifying a capable and passionate leader to take his place and build on his successes,” said Artworks Board Chair Barry Zhang.  

The board of trustees is seeking an executive director with non-profit arts administration skills and an interest in urban arts and programming that includes Art All Night, Art All Day, public art projects, exhibitions and educational offerings. Applications for the job can be submitted online. The board anticipates announcing a successor to Otis in late 2021.

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Krystal Knapp

Krystal has been a journalist in the Trenton area since 1999. A graduate of Smith College and Princeton Theological Seminary, she is from Detroit. She likes baseball, cats, jazz, ukulele, typewriters, chai, and good coffee. Follow her @planettrenton.

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Written by Krystal Knapp