Press Release
January 12, 2018
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EDA Headquarters on West State Street Hosts Touring State Teen Arts Visual Exhibit

Public Invited to View Student Art Work Through January 26

A selection of art from the New Jersey State Teen Arts Touring Visual Arts Exhibit
currently on display at the EDA.

TRENTON, NJ (January 12, 2018) – The New Jersey State Teen Arts Touring Visual Arts Exhibit is on view through January 26 at the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) on West State Street in Trenton. The exhibit features 40 paintings, drawings, and photographs selected from thousands created by teens across the State. Each of the 15 participating counties were eligible to nominate up to four pieces to be part of the exhibit.

The exhibit launched on July 20 at the Bergen Performing Arts Center and will continue traveling through May 2018, ending its tour at the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts at Ocean County College just in time to kick off the 2018 New Jersey State Teen Arts Festival. Members of the public are invited to view the exhibit in the lobby of the EDA’s headquarters at 36 West State Street, Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

The 2017-18 State Teen Arts Touring Visual Art Exhibit features 40 pieces of student art work which were showcased at the 2017 New Jersey State Teen Arts Festival this past May and June. The pieces featured in exhibit were selected among thousands of pieces of artwork showcased from 15 different counties: Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Mercer, Monmouth, Ocean, Salem, Somerset, Sussex, and Union.

Mercer County students whose work is featured in the exhibition include Amaliya Agambila of Trenton Central High School, Jillian Hauer of Steinert High School, and Robyn Mentee of Hamilton High School West.

“Cultivating the arts is central to encouraging the elements that create thriving communities, including excellent schools, creative expression, lifelong learning, and economic opportunity,” said EDA President and Chief Operating Officer Tim Lizura.  “The EDA is proud to host this impressive collection and we hope that all of these young artists and their peers continue to participate in the State’s vast arts community throughout their lives.”

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From left: “Chihuahua” Naisha Mentiel, Hillsborough High School, Somerset County; 
“Year of the Rabbit” Robyn Mentee, Hamilton High School West, Mercer County 

“Whoo” Julie Ann Leatham, Pope John High School, Sparta, Sussex County