The Eighteenth ArtsWorcester Biennial

On view: May 2 through June 8, 2019

Opening reception: Thursday, May 2, 6:00-9:00 PM

Join us for the event of the season. Since 1985, the ArtsWorcester Biennial has exhibited the region’s best visual art, from some of its most ambitious artists. Now in its 18th iteration, this year’s Biennial is the first to take place at 44 Portland Street.

Out of 440 submissions, juror Nick Capasso, Director of the Fitchburg Art Museum, selected 71 works in a range of media for exhibition. Come see his selections on Thursday, May 2, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Prizes will be announced that evening, including the winner of the Sally R. Bishop Prize for Best In Show, who will go on to have an installation at the Worcester Art Museum in 2020.

Congratulations to this year’s featured artists:

Frank Armstrong, West Boylston, MA
Joan Avato, South Grafton, MA
Gregory Barry, Ashburnham, MA
Lisa Barthelson, Rutland, MA
Stephen Bergeron, Framingham, MA
Francisco Borges-Rivera, Worcester, MA
Douglas Caves Sr, Fitchburg, MA
Evan Charney, Shrewsbury, MA
Carrie Crane, Boylston, MA
Adam Cutler, West Boylston, MA
Jennifer Day, Newburyport, MA
Louie Despres, Worcester, MA
James Dye, Worcester, MA
Katie Dye, Worcester, MA
Margaret Emerson, Spencer, MA
Madge Evers, Haydenville, MA
Ralph Ferro, Spencer, MA
Nathan Fiske, Worcester, MA
Haleh Fotowat, Cambridge, MA
Francine Gintoff, East Hampton, CT
Melinda Goodhue, Gardner, MA
Don Hartmann, Worcester, MA
Scarlett Hoey, Worcester, MA
James Hunt, North Grafton, MA
Howard Johnson, Worcester, MA
Timothy Johnson, Worcester, MA
Nina Medard, Worcester, MA
Maggie Munroe, Grafton, MA
Eric Nichols, Boylston, MA
Kat O’Connor, Worcester, MA
Sheila Papetti, Auburn, MA
Robin Reynolds, North Brookfield, MA
Piya Samant, Auburn, MA
Pamela Savage, Holden, MA
William Scully, Jamaica Plain, MA
Brittany Severance, Boylston, MA
Randi Shenkman, Belchertown, MA
Justin Sliwoski, Shrewsbury, MA
John Wesley Small, Spencer, MA
Joanne Stowell, Ashburnham, MA
Susan Swinand, Shrewsbury, MA
Dick Taylor, West Boylston, MA
Francis Warner, Jefferson, MA
Catherine Wilcox-Titus, Jefferson, MA
Sarah Williams, Worcester, MA
Xuemeng Zhang, Worcester, MA


Music during the opening reception is courtesy of 90.5 WICN, Jazz+ for New England. Parking is available at the Worcester Public Library, the Federal Plaza Garage, Worcester Common Garage, and Pearl-Elm Garage. Metered street parking is also available.


Thank you to Fidelity Bank and the Massachusetts Cultural Council for sponsoring this exhibition. Exhibition support is provided in part by the C. Jean and Myles McDonough Charitable Foundation, with additional support for the Biennial from the George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Foundation. The Eighteenth ArtsWorcester Biennial takes place in partnership with the Worcester Art Museum.



Above images: Gregory Barry, ply, plywood sculpture, 70″ x 52″ x 16″; Haleh Fotowat, Life flows, ink, gouche, and watercolor on paper, 22″ x 30″; Xuemeng Zhang, Separated yet Attached, digital inkjet print, 12″ x 8 1/2″

Coming Soon

Kat O’Connor: This Fluid Report of Motion

On view June 20 through August 3, 2019

Opening Reception: Thursday, June 20, 6:00-9:00 PM


What do we expect from a traditional portrait that takes away from the expression of the human being? Can the body, the hands, better express who that person is? Kat O’Connor explores these questions in The Fluid Report of Motion. O’Connor’s portraits of women, which rarely show faces, encourage the viewer to see each individual’s passions, experiences, wisdom, and confidence as conveyed by their hands and bodies. Each woman floats in water, presenting an environment for magnifying strength, finding purpose, and conjoining realism and abstraction.


Kat O’Connor received her Bachelor of Arts in Art with highest honors from Montana State University and her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She has shown her artwork extensively throughout Massachusetts, Texas, Montana, and beyond and is a Copley Master at the Copley Society of Art in Boston.


image: Kat O’Connor, Reality as an Infinite and Questionable Shrug (detail), oil on panel, 10″ x 20″