now on view

Chelsea Bradway: Be a Lady They Said

September 19 through December 11, 2021

The Franklin Square Salon at The Hanover Theatre

Bradway’s photographs capture unique images of female empowerment in a challenging age. Women of different ages and races were invited by the artist to bring important personal objects into her studio and to pose for black and white portraits in a stark, simplified environment. The monochromatic, bare setting sets off the joy and confidence radiated by the subjects, and their diversity of strength, power, and presence.

Gallery hours run Saturdays, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Reserve your free tickets here.

opening October 7

Jennifer Davis Carey: Redemption

October 7 through November 7, 2021

ArtsWorcester East Gallery

At the intersection of art, craft, and history, these portraits in enamel re-interpret nineteenth-century American daguerreotypes depicting unclad, enslaved people. Carey uses a combination of photographic transfer and vitreous enamel to give the figures clothes in vibrant colors, drawn from different fashions and eras. This intervention removes the figures from the distortion of "race science," shifting the images towards portraiture and transforming them into figures of agency, presence, and grace.

Public reception: Friday, October 8, 6:00-9:00 PM

opening October 7

Material Needs 2021

October 7 through November 7, 2021

ArtsWorcester at the Davis Art Gallery

The artists of this year’s Material Needs exhibition received awards ranging from $500 to $1,500 to create new work in Worcester County, art that is new to the region and to the artist’s practice. Projects supported by these anonymous grants this year include welded steel sculpture, a series of paper-based works inspired by Indigenous teachings on humanity’s relationships to the natural world, full-size portraits inspired by 20th century Viennese Expressionism, printed-silk photographs that consider alternate forms of visual perception, and more. Since they were first awarded in 2013, seventy-seven artists have had their work advanced by these grants.

Public reception: Friday, October 8, 6:00-9:00 PM

opening October 7

Virtually Identical: Works by Worcester Public Schools Visual Arts Faculty

October 7 through November 7, 2021

ArtsWorcester West Gallery

Part of ArtsWorcester’s partnership with the Worcester Public Schools, Virtually Identical showcases the diverse studio practices of the artists who also teach this city’s students.

Public reception: Friday, October 8, 6:00-9:00 PM

partnership exhibition

Urban Green and Blue

October 7 through November 21, 2021

Preservation Worcester's Park View Room

Urban Green and Blue is a juried exhibition of paintings featuring Worcester’s urban green and blue spaces: the city’s public parks, wildlife sanctuaries, nature reserves, publicly accessible reservoirs, lakes, rivers, streams, and ponds. This exhibition is a collaboration between Preservation Worcester and ArtsWorcester, funded in part by the Worcester Arts Council.

Public reception: Thursday, October 7, 6:00-8:00 PM, Park View Room Worcester

opening November 18

The Little One

November 18 through December 19, 2021

ArtsWorcester West Gallery

We’re bringing our biggest exhibition down to scale. For the ninth iteration of ArtsWorcester’s “One,” all artist members are invited to exhibit one small-scale artwork. A call for art is currently open--register your work today!

Public reception: Friday, December 3, 6:00-9:00 PM