Honorees

MAUREEN VAN ZANDT has appeared on and off-Broadway as an actor, dancer, choreographer, producer and director. She performed in the Broadway companies of Hair, Gypsy, and Phantom of the Opera, and Off-Broadway in Golden Boy, Burn This, Etta Jenks, Simpatico, Dutchman, The Who’s Tommy and many others, including an acclaimed performance of Ferite a Morte at the UN. She is Co-Artistic Director of Renegade Theatre Company, and co-producer of the Broadway show Once Upon A Dream, and also the Broadway-bound musical Piece of My Heart.

Maureen played mob wife Gabriella Dante on HBO’s The Sopranos for 6 seasons and guest starred on the Netflix hit Lilyhammer, in addition to work in film and music videos. She recently appeared in the Netflix hit Christmas Chronicles. She teaches Acting for Ballet Dancers at American Ballet Theatre School, has taught acting at HB Studio in NYC, and is director/ choreographer of The Garage Girls A Go-Go dance group. She currently co-hosts the pop culture Generation Gap podcast with comedian Josh Accardo.

Maureen is a proud recipient of the Count Basie Vanguard Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts and is a board member of both the Basie Center for the Arts and the Rockit Academy Foundation.

FREDI WALKER-BROWNE is a veteran of the entertainment industry, having achieved success as a Broadway performer, a theatre director, a television actress, and model/ spokesperson. Fredi is possibly best known for creating the role of JoAnne Jefferson in the smash hit musical Rent, which won several prestigious awards.

In her career, Fredi has performed in several amazing roles, including Rafiki in The Lion King and Erzulie in One on This Island as well as several other great musicals including; Little Shop of HorrorsThe Buddy Holly Story, and Ain’t Misbehavin’. Though mostly known for her stage work, there have been various TV appearances including soap-operas and Law & Order as well as many commercials and voice-overs. She enjoys and is very skilled at teaching vocal lessons as well as conducting ensembles and choruses

JENN HAMPTON is an arts and experience curator. She is the part owner and co-director and curator of Parlor Gallery in Asbury Park, NJ, as well as the curator and creator of the Wooden Walls Public Art Project on the Asbury Park Boardwalk. Jenn was also one of the founding creatives behind the concept of the Original Asbury Lanes.

Jenn attended the Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she studied printmaking and theater arts. She spent many years pursuing acting, art and documentary film production after college. Her acting pursuits led her to move to New Jersey in 2000. She relocated to Asbury Park to help create and build Asbury Lanes. In the eleven years at Asbury Lanes, Jenn helped to create a national and international fan base of performers, bands and burlesque acts, in addition to creating an innovative gallery program that focused on young art collectors. The success of Asbury Lanes helped to create a destination in Asbury Park for music lovers, artists, and performers from all over the country.

Parlor Gallery is located in Asbury Park and has been open since 2009. We curate 10-12 exhibitions a year, in addition to exhibiting at art fairs in NYC and Miami. In addition to her curation at Parlor Gallery and at the former Asbury Lanes, she has curated exhibitions for museums, galleries, and alternative spaces.

Jenn is currently working with Madison Marquette, one of the lead developers in Asbury Park, to create a public arts program that showcases murals and public art on the Asbury Park Boardwalk called the Wooden Walls Project. This project, in its fourth year, has seen the creation of 35 public works of art, including 30 murals, 1 large-scale art installation and 2 sculptural projects.

Born in Amsterdam, Netherlands, MIL WEXLER came to the United States as a young girl. She grew up in Westfield, New Jersey. While still in high school, she attended classes at The Art Students League, the Brooklyn Museum Art School, and the New School of Social Research. After graduation from high school, she returned to Amsterdam as an apprentice to the artist Jos Rovers. He taught her how to draw, paint, live and breathe art. Rovers learned from his father, a Belgian painter, how to grind his own oil paints, tempra, and other traditional ways which he then passed on to Mil. During this time, Mil also attended classes at the Rijks Academy in Amsterdam. After spending the summer of ’73 in Ein Hod, an artist village in Israel, Mil ended up living in Israel for nearly three years.

Israel is where she became involved in her ongoing study of ceramics. She became a ceramic painter for Lapid Ceramic Studios in Yafo Israel. Returning to New Jersey, Mil taught painting in her own studio while attending classes at Brookdale College for independent studies in ceramics. She also attended classes at the “old” Thompson Park when they still had the gas kiln. Mil has also attended various seminars around the U.S. taught by leading ceramic artists of our time. Eventually, Mil taught classes at Thompson Park, and reinstated the Raku classes, a special technique of firing clay. Mil has taught Ceramics and Art Appreciation classes at Monmouth University and is currently teaching Ceramics and Painting in her studio in Colts Neck, New Jersey and at the Art Alliance in Red Bank, New Jersey.

As a licensed Real Estate Salesperson and the Coordinator of Sponsored Projects for Sackman NJ, MORGAN SACKMAN focuses on furthering Sackman Enterprises’ efforts to re-establish Asbury Park as a prime destination for businesses, residents, and entertainment along the Jersey Shore. Morgan also owns and manages the black-box theater and entertainment space, House of Independents, whose mission is to promote the growth and development of the downtown’s arts community by providing Asbury Park with a versatile, creativity driven venue.

PNC BANK is one of the largest diversified financial services institutions in the United States, organized around its customers and communities for strong relationships and local delivery of retail and business banking solutions, including wealth management and asset management. PNC has supported Monmouth Arts for more than 10 years with grants and sponsorships.