At ArtsWorcester, we believe that contemporary art—the art made here and now, of all kinds and traditions-- is fundamental to a vibrant, educated, and diverse city.
Art shapes and enriches individual lives, while contributing substantively to social, economic, and civic development. With the arts now a key part of our city’s vision of its future, ArtsWorcester’s mission—engaging artists and the public to advance and celebrate contemporary art--becomes more crucial.
A great deal happens through our mission. Each year, ArtsWorcester
/// produces some fifteen exhibitions across three venues, and on our website,
/// exhibits the work of over 300 emerging and established artists,
/// offers education about contemporary art for the public and youth audiences,
/// gives artists professional development through workshops, consultation and critique,
/// and links local businesses to artists through a corporate art program.
Although it is unusual for organizations like ours, our exhibiting membership is open to all, regardless of experience or income. Three members' exhibitions each year allow every artist to exhibit a work, creating a kind of artistic democracy. Unpredictable in content and size, these exhibitions showcase new talent, diverse approaches, and act as the launching pad for emerging artists.
As the only area organization working to advance the careers of artists, we work hard to cultivate excellence. Competitive opportunities--the Biennial, now in its third decade, Material Needs Grants to support the making of new art in Worcester County, the Present Tense Prize, recognizing artists working in new media, and juror's awards for members' exhibitions--all support artistic growth and risk-taking in meaningful ways, and help us identify and encourage talent.
In mid-2019, ArtsWorcester began planning a strategic initiative to increase the diversity of our artists and audiences. Many of Worcester’s vibrant cultural communities are long underrepresented and underserved by our work, and addressing this relative homogeneity was an urgent responsibility owed to our city, to contemporary art, and to our future. The historic events of 2020 have only strengthened our commitment to this work.
Art has the power to start and sustain difficult conversations. It allows people to find common ground and create alliances they might not otherwise. With its ability to address every possible topic, visual art has long engaged with ideas of race, power, and survival. And artists are found among all Americans, regardless of race, sex, sexuality, gender identity, physical ability, neurology, age, religion, or citizenship.
We take our commitment to all artists, and to our service as a public good, very seriously. Access to art, especially to art in person, has become more difficult to find and afford. Our gallery hours are open, accessible, and free to all, offering the public multiple new experiences with contemporary art every year. The wide range of prices set by our artists means that original artwork is within reach of most budgets. We believe contemporary art should be joyous, challenging, engaging, and exciting--not intimidating or pretentious.
Juliet Feibel, Executive Director
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Juliet Feibel has worked across nonprofit management, membership organizations, the arts, and higher education. Leading ArtsWorcester since 2011, she previously served as Director of Education for the Ann Arbor Art Center and as Associate Director of Imagining America, a national arts and humanities project, and worked for non-governmental organizations in Vietnam and Thailand. She holds a BA in English and Art History from Northwestern University, a PhD in English Literature from the University of Michigan, and studied theater and art at Interlochen. She lives in Worcester with her husband Ken MacLean, an anthropologist at Clark University, and her two teen-aged children.
Alice Dillon, Associate Director
Alice Dillon came to ArtsWorcester as a summer intern in 2018 and has since remained on the team, now in the role of Assistant Director. She graduated with a Masters Degree in History from Clark University, where she also completed her undergraduate degree in Art History and History. In her free time Alice enjoys creating and exhibiting fiber art, hiking, and visiting other galleries and museums. Alice lives in Worcester with her cat Keith.
Allie Heimos, Assistant Director, Marketing & Communications
Allie is originally from St. Louis, Missouri and came to New England to pursue a degree in the History of Art and Architecture at Boston University. Before coming to ArtsWorcester, she managed the Communications Department for the New Art Center in Newton and worked as a freelance graphic designer in Boston, Philadelphia, and Providence. She maintains a studio practice in her spare time, and lives with her partner and two cats near Providence, RI.
Tim Johnson is a freelance preparator, providing art installation services to museums, galleries and individuals in New England. In addition to ArtsWorcester, he regularly installs exhibitions at the Cantor Art Gallery at the College of the Holy Cross and the Clark Art Institute.
Ryan Smith, Kirby Gallery Coordinator
Ryan Smith is a graphic design and mathematics student who has lived in Worcester his whole life. He enjoys skateboarding with his friends, photography, and fashion. While living in Worcester, Ryan has developed a love for the art scene in the city and wants to do what he can to contribute to it.
Sue Von-Maszewski, Administrator
Sue is originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, and received her BA in Spanish from The University of Michigan. After graduating, she lived in Northern California for ten years, where she worked in administrative and marketing positions. After meeting her husband, Matthew, she moved to his hometown of Houston, Texas for a short time before his work brought them to Massachusetts. They currently live in Westborough with their two children, three cats, two rabbits and dog. She has a life-long love of the arts, in all forms, and is thrilled to be working with ArtsWorcester.
Sharon Freed, Member Pages Coordinator
Board of Directors
Nancy Burns, Vice President
Suzanne Campbell-Lambert, Clerk
Kenya Prince Cohane
Jeanie Connolly, Treasurer
Ryan Hacker, President
Ann Molloy, Vice President
Foundation and Corporate Supporters
Corporate Circle Members
Bay State Savings Bank | Bowditch | Carr Financial Group | Coghlin Electrical Contractors | Cornerstone Bank | Country Bank | Davis Publications | Erskine & Erskine | Fallon Health | Fidelity Bank | FLEXcon | Fontaine Brothers | The Guru Tax & Financial Services | Imperial Distributors | Interstate Specialty Products | J J Bafaro | Knight-Dik Insurance Agency | Lamoureux Pagano Associates | Mountain Dearborn | Petricore | Professional Loss Adjusters | Rockland Trust | Seven Hills Foundation | Spectrum Health Systems | Stowe & Degon | Sullivan, Garrity & Donnelly Insurance | Sullivan Group | Sunshine Sign Company | Sustainable Comfort | Tinsley Financial Group | Trinity Financial | Unibank | Unum | Variable Editions | Worcester Business Development Corp.
Artist's Resource Trust of the Berkshire Taconic Foundation | Clementi Family Charitable Trust | Melvin S. Cutler Charitable Foundation | Davis Publications Charitable Trust | Fletcher Foundation | George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Foundation | George I. Alden Trust | Greater Worcester Community Foundation | Hoche-Scofield Foundation, Bank of America, N.A. Trustee | J Irving & Jane England Charitable Trust | Joseph Persky Foundation | Kirby Foundation | Mass Cultural Council | 365Z Foundation | Worcester Arts Council | Wyman Gordon Foundation | Zabriske Family Foundation