Gravity/Levity: A Juried Members’ Exhibition

July 9 through August 16, 2020

 

Gravity: weight; a fundamental physical force by which all things with mass or energy are brought toward one another; a dignity or sobriety of bearing

Levity: excessive or unseemly frivolity; lightness of mind; lightness in weight

Gravity/Levity, a juried exhibition of three-dimensional artwork, is the first all-sculpture show at ArtsWorcester. Lisa Crossman, Curator of American Art and Arts of the Americas at the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, selected twenty-nine sculptures by twenty-five artists that capture approaches to weight and weightlessness.

Works both earnest and ironic employ materials ranging from cast glass, carved stone and wood, ceramic, and steel, to paper, recycled electronics, fishnet tights, and gummy bears. Visitors will find cereal boxes imitating military equipment, concrete that encourages a change in direction, twigs and toothpicks mirroring industrial machinery, and colorful mesh produce bags that reflect a familys history of consumption.

Sculpture is historically perceived as having significant weight, both in poundage and gravitas. The works in this show confirm and contradict that sentiment, while asking us to consider the relationship between material and message.

 

Watch a special video announcement of prize winners here!

 

Above images (clockwise from top left): Tom Grady, Cereal Bomber, cereal box, 12″ x 12″ x 12″, 2018, $750

Lawrence DeJong, CWF#5: The Gold & Silver Wall-tz, clay, dry pigment, gold & sliver foil, 16″ x 4 1/2″ x 1 1/2″, 2020, $275

Gregory Barry, Writhe, repurposed wood, 32″ x 32″ x 37″, 2020, $3,800

 

 

Please not that life’s a ball 2, family debris by Lisa Barthelson is on view online only. This piece is currently being exhibited in Family Circle at the Danforth Art Museum.

 

More images will be added over the run of the exhibition.

 

The Eighth Annual One | Coming Fall 2020

Frank Armstrong, South Hero, Vermont 2017, archival pigment print, 24" x 28", 2017, one of five prize winners selected from the Seventh Annual One

The Eighth Annual One: A Members’ Exhibition

Coming Fall 2020

 

Call for art deadline: August 10. Register your work here.

Big, bold, and slightly offbeat — it’s the Eighth Annual One! We invite all members to participate in the largest and loudest exhibition we run each year. Bring us the single piece you want to exhibit most, regardless of medium or theme. In addition to a physical exhibition, all registered works will be exhibited virtually on our website and social media feeds. All artwork must be registered online and images are required. Strict size and weight limitations also apply.
 
Thanks to the generosity of individual donors, five hundred dollars in prizes will be awarded to the artists exhibiting in the Eighth Annual One. Prize winners will be selected by Meredith Fluke, Ph.D, Director of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery at the College of the Holy Cross.
 
A call for art is currently open to all ArtsWorcester Artist Members. Read more about the call in Artist Opportunities.

 

 

 

Image: Frank Armstrong, South Hero, Vermont 2017, archival pigment print, 24″ x 28″, 2017, one of five prize winners selected from the Seventh Annual One

 

 

In Transition | Spring/Summer 2020

vertical section of navy blue, gray, and yellow quilt art, stitching on strong varied diagonal lines

In Transition: A Members’ Exhibition in partnership with the Fitchburg Art Museum

Spring/Summer 2020

 

In this members’ exhibition–the eighth “Call and Response” partnership with the Fitchburg Art Museum– one hundred and twenty artists show a single work in response to this year’s theme of transition. This exhibition begins with a loan of ten works on the year’s theme from FAM’s permanent collection, on view at ArtsWorcester since January to illustrate approaches to the theme, and to provide inspiration. From the resulting members’ exhibition, Marjorie Rawle, Terrana Curatorial Fellow at FAM, selected ten works to go on view next year there.

In the coming weeks, In Transition will be made available for viewing through this site and our social media channels. We hope for the opportunity to celebrate with a closing reception at a later time.

We are grateful there was time enough before closing for Ms. Rawle to make her choices for exhibition at the Fitchburg Art Museum in person, and we enthusiastically congratulate these ten artists:

Susan Stuart, Stay Tuned 
(oil on canvas)

Mari Seder, Dressing up for Carnaval
(digital inkjet print)

Lucy Marcigliano, Inner Rumble 
(wood and metal)

Lynn Nafey, You Play the Girl
(ink, acrylic paint, transfers, graphite, dura-lar, plexiglass, paper on wood panel)

Madge Evers, Anne, Lace Maker
(mushroom spores on cyanotype)

Gedas Paskauskas, Quinquennium
(inkjet metallic print mounted on dibond with ¼ inch plexi)

Laura Cahalane, Memory #2: Please Fuck Off
(fiber)

Lynn Aurelie, Portrait of Arielle-Sovely
(digital inkjet print)

Garry Harley, Grace Gray No. 1
(archival pigment ink and colored metallic thread on canvas)

Richard Shilale, Nature’s Altar
(wood)

These works, and the original loan, will be on view at the Fitchburg Art Museum during the 2020-2021 exhibition year. See every artwork from this members’ exhibition below: