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Material Needs 2023

Brad Chapman Bleau, Carrie Crane, Kate Egnaczak, Amanda Gibson, Tia Kinsman, Nathan Manna, and Lucy Marcigliano

September 14 – October 29, 2023

ArtsWorcester Main Galleries

Material Needs Grants support the expenses of supplies and materials for the creation of new art in Worcester County. This year’s Material Needs exhibition features intricate instruments to measure the immeasurable, life-sized puppets that put us in touch with endangered species, large-scale collages examining queer theory and sexual liberation, and more. Since they were first awarded ten years ago, eighty-nine artists have had their work advanced by these grants.

Public reception: Wednesday, September 20, 6:00-9:00 PM

Jongeun Gina Lee: Noah’s Ark

July 6 through September 24, 2023

ArtsWorcester at the Davis Art Gallery

The architectural abstractions of Jongeun Gina Lee’s hand-built ceramic sculptures reveal her experiences with immigration and fertility treatments, both involving isolation, disappointment, ongoing hope, and a hoped-for arrival.

The Biblical story of Noah's ark--his preparation for a journey, and his arduous task of building a vessel to ensure life--resonates with Lee. Her meditative process of deconstructing and reassembling pieces of clay results in works that reflect organic forms often found in nature, and provide a sense of reconciliation and completion.

Public reception: Wednesday, July 26, 5:30-8:30 PM

Kara Patrowicz: Parallel Play

November 16 – December 17, 2023

ArtsWorcester East Gallery

Parallel play is the developmental stage in which toddlers play side-by-side without interacting with each other. In Patrowicz's richly textured fiber works, the ancient techniques of wool felting and weaving are used to represent contemporary motherhood and the isolation of parenting small children during a pandemic.

Public reception: Friday, November 17, 6:00-9:00 PM

Page Turner: A Juried Exhibition

November 16 through December 17, 2023

ArtsWorcester at the Davis Art Gallery

All artwork tells a story, and we want to hear yours. This juried exhibition will feature artist's books and works that connect to the acts of reading, writing, and storytelling. Submission deadline: September 26.

Public reception: Friday, November 17, 6:00-7:00 PM

Scaled Down: A Members' Exhibition

November 16 through December 17, 2023

ArtsWorcester Main Galleries

To round out the year, ArtsWorcester members are invited to participate in Scaled Down, a non-juried members’ exhibition of small work. There is no medium or theme requirement. All media are welcome, including but not limited to painting, sculpture, photography, fiber, fine craft, digital art, and video. Registration deadline: October 19.

Public reception: Friday, November 17, 6:00-7:00 PM