March 23, 2017

Hackettstown, N.J., March 23, 2017– Three Centenarians have much to celebrate, as their artwork was selected for the Juried and Invitational Exhibition for “emerging” artists between the ages of 18 and thirty-something, at the “On the Edge” museum exhibition at the Trenton City Museum in the Ellarslie Mansion in Cadwalader Park.  The Opening Reception was Saturday, March 18, 2017, from 7 to 9 p.m.  It opened with gracious festivities to a large audience gathering.

This juried and invitational museum competition, asked submitting artists to define why their work was considered “On the Edge.”  Accordingly, each artist was requested to submit jpeg photographs of their work, a resume, as well as a written synopsis detailing why each piece was considered indicative of the “On the Edge” theme.

Tiarah Crawford ‘14, an Art and Design Program alumna, from East Orange, N.J., was chosen to exhibit three “Oil on Canvas” paintings, “Priorities and Entitlement,” “Self” and “Systems Self-Portrait.”  Elizabeth Calienni ‘16, from Bayonne, N.J., also an Art and Design Program alumna, was selected to display “Anxiety,” “Soulful” and “Vertigo,” all “Oil on Canvas” artwork pieces.  On the evening of the Opening Reception at the Trenton City Museum, Calienni’s “Soulful”, an “Oil on Canvas with Collage,” was purchased by an enthusiastic couple who loved her work.  And lastly, Michaela Correll, a current Studio Arts Major from East Stroudsburg Pa., had three “Oil on Canvas” paintings also featured at the exhibition, “Alex”, “Growing Old” and “Topsy Turvy.”

With the exception of one of the works created by these three Centenarians, the paintings that were showcased in the museum exhibition were created as assignments in Professor Carol Yoshimine’s Painting III and Painting IV courses at Centenary University.  Professor Yoshimine is a tenured Professor of Fine Arts and the Director of the University’s Art Gallery.

“I am elated that three accomplished Centenarians were featured in this stellar juried museum exhibition,” says Yoshimine.  “We, at the university, are proud of their achievements.”

The works in this exhibition range from photography, collage, watercolor and oil paintings, sculpture, and video installations. The exhibition was curated by the Trenton Museum Society Trustees, Hope Carter and Diane Ciccone.

“To be selected for such an exclusive exhibition has been such a positive experience,” says Crawford. “All of the artists were able to network with many accomplished artists and professionals in the art industry. Having my work highlighted in this manner has inspired me and motivates me to continue to create and paint.”

Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary University’s academic program integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation. This mix is designed to provide an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world.

Centenary University’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township (Morris County). The Centenary School of Professional Studies offers degree programs online and in two locations: Parsippany and Edison, online, as well as corporate sites throughout New Jersey.



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