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Trenton Art Center appoints new CEO

Artworks Trenton Visual Arts Center has appointed M’kina Tapscott as its new Executive Director, effective January 18.

Tapscott will succeed Lauren Otis, who has held the position since February 2016.

Tapscott previously served as Director of Education and Programs at Project Row Houses, an arts and social service development center in Houston, and held education and outreach positions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.

In addition to his curatorial and administrative work, Tapscott has taught art history and studio art at all levels, most recently at the University of Houston and Houston Community College. A practicing artist, she holds an MFA from the University of Houston and a BFA from Texas State University. She currently resides in Houston and plans to move to Trenton this month.

“As a city, Trenton continues to fight for resources and recognition despite being the state capital,” said Tapscott. “Artworks is deeply committed to partnering with those working to improve and revitalize Trenton, using art as an agent of change and celebrating human diversity in all its forms. “

“As a member of the Artworks Board of Directors, I am very pleased to witness the critical and historic transition of the organization,” said Artworks Board Chairman Barry Zhang. “Lauren will be leaving some really big shoes for the new executive director to fill, and I’m very confident that M’kina, as the top pick of the search committee, board and staff, is the perfect fit to fill them. . “

Artworks Trenton is a non-profit visual arts center located at 19 Everett Alley in a space provided by the city. In addition to hosting its annual “Art All Night” and “Art All Day” community arts events, Artworks presents a year-round program of exhibitions, arts education programs and public art projects. . For more information, visit

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