Excellence in the Arts Award

The Cranbury Arts Council is pleased to offer an award for excellence in the arts.  This award is open to graduating high school seniors who reside in Cranbury, NJ, and attend public or private area schools.  This is a merit-based award and is open to all students dedicated to the arts.  Students in the areas of visual arts, film, photography, music (including instrumental and vocal), theatre arts, dance, and poetry are all eligible to apply for this award.  


Applications and supporting materials will be reviewed by the CAC Arts Award Committee.  The committee reserves the right to share the award between two students who demonstrate equal merit, or reserve the award for the next year if no applicant meets the full expectations of the award. The award will be presented in the amount of $1,000 to one student, or $500 to two students who have demonstrated equal merit.  The award winner or winners will be announced in June.


To be considered for the award, you must submit the following google form using the link below. In addition, you must email the following 3 supporting materials to cranburyartscouncil@gmail.com.  (Video submissions must be sent as a link through YouTube, Vimeo, or any other video-hosting website.)


1.  A resume of your accomplishments including years you have been dedicated to your art, competitions, awards, performances, exhibits, community          involvement in the arts, and any outstanding achievements that will show the committee the full scope of your dedication.


2.  One recommendation from a teacher or mentor that can speak to your accomplishments, no more than one page in length.


3.   Please submit any supporting materials you feel will give the committee a full appreciation of your talents.  Examples include:

       Video of your performance in music, dance, or theater - up to 10 minutes

       Example(s) of film(s) created by applicant

       5-10 examples from your art portfolio (photos/scans of your work)


Link to the 2021 Excellence in the Arts Award Application

The 2021 Excellence in the Arts Award was presented to Princeton High School senior

Elaina Phillips

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Exposed to the arts at a very early age, Elaina has built a strong foundation in art and design. At Princeton High School, Elaina explored visual art classes, digital art, fiber art, color theory, and enjoyed studying plein air painting as well. Elaina served as the President of the student-run Numina Gallery at PHS and exhibited her artwork at the Monroe Township Cultural Arts Commission and the Arts Council of Princeton. Elaina’s beautiful watercolor of Princeton High School hangs in the main office of the school.


Elaina is a recipient of the Scholastic Art and Writing Award in Poetry and Photography and in 2019 she was awarded an Assembly Resolution recognizing her accomplishments in Art from Assemblyman Roy Freiman.


We are currently working with Elaina to bring her artwork to the Gourgaud Gallery for all to see! We are so excited we have been given the go ahead to open the Gallery soon!

Please check our website and Facebook page for updates!


For now, you can see more of Elaina’s outstanding work on her website elainarphillips.myportfolio.com. We wish Elaina all the best as she heads to Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts this fall!


2012: Alex Anderson (Instrumental Music, Syracuse University)

2013: Melissa Amico (Dance, Muhlenberg College) and

          Elizabeth Maxey (Instrumental Music, Princeton University)

2014: Evan Pavley (Visual Arts, School of the Visual Arts)

2016: Caroline Purdy (Musical Theater, Oklahoma City University)
2017: Edmund Cai (Visual Arts, University of Pennsylvania)
2018: Jake Borden (Instrumental Music, The Julliard School) and

          Mary Rose Brendel (Musical Theater, Penn State)

2019: Isabel Kinney (Theater/Performance Arts, Bowdoin College)

2020: Kate Liggio (Dance/Georgetown University) and

           Conrad Hall (Theater/Muhlenburg College)