State of the Arts has been nominated for four New York Emmys, including for Magazine Program/Series! Winners will be announced on October 28th. The whole State of the Arts team thanks you for your support this year as we continue to take you on location with the most creative people in New Jersey.

Check out our nominated features!

Arts/Entertainment – Short Form Content

“Roberto Lugo: The Village Potter”


Roberto Lugo discovered the art of pottery in his early 20s. It led him to college and a wildly successful career making pots that draw on the history of ceramics and his own background as a Puerto Rican kid growing up in Philadelphia. Now he has work at the Metropolitan and Philadelphia Museums of Art (among many others).

Arts/Entertainment – Short Form Content

“Photographer Edwin Torres”


Edwin Torres is an award-winning young photographer, journalist, and Deputy Digital Director for Governor Phil Murphy. His photos of his family in the South Bronx and Puerto Rico were in an exhibition at Artworks in Trenton. State of the Arts met the photographer and took a walk around Trenton.

Arts/Entertainment – Long Form Content

“Unity: Choreographer Nai-Ni Chen Remembered”


The internationally renowned dancer and choreographer Nai-Ni Chen died tragically in a swimming accident late in 2021 at the age of 62. Born and raised in Taiwan, she become fascinated with the New York contemporary dance scene on trips to the US as a teenager. Over the decades she developed an individual voice that combined traditional Asian forms with modern dance. Fort Lee, New Jersey was her home base, but the company that bears her name toured the world.