The Arts Council takes great pride in our diverse community of artists, authors, and creatives of all disciplines. In Conversation is a curated series of discussions designed to celebrate and connect those who make art and those who love art! Breaking down the barriers between artist and art-appreciator, In Conversation delves into inspiration, studio practice, and artistic aspirations.

TUESDAY, JUNE 23 | 7pm
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Artist Susan DeConcini will be in conversation with Timothy M. Andrews, art collector and major supporter of the Arts Council of Princeton’s Artist-in-Residence program, for virtual conversation.

DeConcini is an artist living in Lambertville, New Jersey. She primarily works as a Scenic Artist, painting theatrical sets most recently at McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ.  As someone who can be called on to paint anything at any time, she spends hours outside of work, studying the world around her. About her waterscape and cloudscape series she says: “I like to paint everywhere I go. It captures the mood and energy of the place. In these sketches, I’ve always felt water has eluded me. I was never able to capture them well. I started these series in an effort to improve on my waterscapes and clouds. The best way to improve is to practice.”

She starts in small scale – sometimes as small as 3”x 3” – and works up. She has done a similar series with leaves. She also has done several series on reclaimed wood, as well as works with plaster and resin.

Susan has had several individual shows in the area. Susan’s Waterscapes as well as her works with Plaster & Resin were most recently displayed at the Princeton Public Library from December 2019 through February 2020. She has created many works for the Art of the Script series at McCarter Theatre, which displays paintings that are inspired by the shows onstage. In early 2019, she displayed her waterscapes and cloudscapes at Small Word Coffee in Princeton. She has participated in Garden State Watercolor Society’s 2018 & 2019 Juried shows, as well as this last years Member Show. She has displayed her Autumn Leaf Portraits at the Boro Bean in Hopewell.


TUESDAY, JULY 7 | 7pm
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Mario Moore (b. 1987) is a Detroit native currently residing in New York City. Moore received a BFA in Illustration from the College for Creative Studies (2009) and an MFA in Painting from the Yale School of Art (2013). He has participated as an artist-in-residence at Knox College, Fountainhead residency, and the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation. 

Moore’s work has afforded him many opportunities– from multiple exhibitions and featured articles including the New York Times. His work is included in several public and private collections which include the Detroit Institute of Art and the Studio Museum in Harlem. Some of his solo show exhibits have been seen at the David Klein Gallery and The Urban Institute of Contemporary Art. His work is also included in Fired Up! Ready to Go! Finding Beauty, Demanding Equity: An African American Life in Art (2017) and The Studio Museum in Harlem’s catalog, Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art(2014). He has recently been awarded a Princeton Hodder Fellowship for 2018-2019. 

Mario will be in conversation with James Steward, Director of the Princeton University Art Museum. Save the date! Registration link coming soon. 



TUESDAY, JUNE 9 | 7pm


Ceramic artist James Jansma will be in conversation with Timothy M. Andrews, art collector and major supporter of the Arts Council of Princeton’s Artist-in-Residence program, for virtual conversation.

Jansma earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1986 from the Kansas City Art Institute. He went on to be awarded his Masters of Fine Arts in 1988 from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. James was Artist-in-Residence in Ceramics at Peters Valley Craft Center in Layton, New Jersey from 1988-1998. He was a Lecturer at Princeton University where he taught the Ceramics Program from 1992-2003. He has exhibited work as a Visiting Artist in South Korea in 2003 and 2006, and Japan in 2008. James Jansma received a 2018 Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and a previous recipient in 2007, 1998
and 1990. He is currently Ceramic Arts Instructor at Fort Dix Military Installation in New Jersey. James is represented by Morpeth Contemporary Fine Arts in Hopewell, New Jersey.

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Tuesday, May 26
Mira DeMartino, awarded sculptor, presents empowerment through Artfirmations. Over a decade ago, Mira developed a technique of sculpting she calls AlumnixArt, consisting mostly of hand-hammered aluminum. Using this technique, she explores the area of modern spirituality and challenges viewers to connect with their potential of self-empowerment through art. 

Mira was in conversation with Timothy M. Andrews, art collector and major supporter of the Arts Council of Princeton’s Artist-in-Residence program, for virtual conversation.

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Tuesday, May 12
Léni Paquet-Morante is a landscape painter whose paintings address issues of isolation, privacy, and boundaries through visual metaphor found in landscape forms. “These paintings center on bodies of water and the intimacies they convey despite and/or because of the forces and landforms that define them. Rivers, tide, tide pools, estuaries, and intriguing topography are constants. My practice includes making drawings which are small and deliberate, and paintings which are large and expressionistically rendered.” 

Léni was in conversation with Timothy M. Andrews, art collector and major supporter of the Arts Council of Princeton’s Artist-in-Residence program, for virtual conversation.

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Marlon Davila, known as 7oveChild,  is influenced by surrealism, the bright vibrant colors of his Latin American culture, as well as the works of Edouard Manet, Edgar Degas, and Picasso. Marlon was the ACP’s Fall Artist-in-Residence behind the Journey mural at Lupita’s Groceries at Leigh Avenue & John Street. This talk details Marlon’s inspiration and artistic journey, the process of mural painting, working as an artist-in-residence, and new work.

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