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The Trenton Museum Society Presents Our Town: Selected Works by Mel Leipzig July 12 - Sept 8

June 16, 2019, Trenton, NJ – Trenton legend and retired Mercer County Community College professor of art Mel Leipzig shares his unique view of the Trenton area in Our Town, a new exhibit at Ellarslie, the Trenton City Museum in Cadwalader Park.  A dozen large-scale portraits of family, friends and colleagues from his adopted city are on display at Ellarslie for the summer of 2019.  The exhibit opens on Friday, July 12, 2019 with a public reception from 7 – 8:30 pm.

Leipzig is nationally known for his particular use of five-point perspective, and for revealing the personalities of his subjects by showing them in a detailed home or work environment. His use of a limited palate conveys his subjects in a way that is both arresting and compelling.  His works are at once intimate and universal, drawing in the viewer to closely examine the minutia of the everyday lives of his subjects.

Plans are in the works for several fascinating events during the exhibit. Leipzig will be painting on site in the galleries at Ellarslie from July 13 through July 21 and then again from September 5 – 7. Visitors to the exhibit can meet the artist and observe him at work.  The completed work will be revealed at the close of the exhibit on September 8, 2019.

At a presentation on Sunday, July 14 Leipzig will discuss his unique artistic vision from 1:30 – 2:30 pm. Participants are invited to stay and chat with the artist until the museum closes at 4 pm. Tickets are available on the website,

As a student at Cooper Union in Manhattan, Leipzig was influenced by the work of French impressionist Edouard Manet. Rejecting the school’s emphasis on abstract impressionism and simplicity, instead he chose like Manet to concentrate on portraiture with universal appeal. Leipzig is planning a lecture on Manet and his work.  

MEL LEIPZIG, born in Brooklyn in 1935, resides in Trenton, N.J. For more than 40 years he taught Painting and Art History at Mercer County Community College. His work has been displayed in more than 40 solo exhibits at museums, art centers and university galleries in New York, New Jersey, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Arkansas. His works have been shown numerous times at the New Jersey State Museum.

?His work resides in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Academy Museum, and the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York City. In New Jersey, his paintings are in the collections of the New Jersey State Museum, the Montclair Art Museum, the Morris Museum, the Noyes Museum, the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Museum at Rutgers, the Trenton City Museum and the Jersey City Museum. His work has also been collected by museums in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Utah.?

The recipient of numerous awards and accolades, Leipzig studied at The Cooper Union, received a BFA from Yale University, School of Art & Architecture under Josef Albers and James Brooks and received an MFA from Pratt Institute under Nan Benedict, Ralph Wickiser and George McNeill.


To learn more: or 609-989-3632

Affiliated Events:
July 11 - 21 and September 5 — 7 pm
Ellarslie RevealedMel Leipzig painting live at Ellarslie: Open to the public during regular museum hours

Sunday, July 14, 1:30 – 2:30 pm
Mel on Mel: Leipzig talks about his unique approach to realistic painting
$15; Members - $10


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