About Material Needs 2023

September 14 through October 29, 2023

ArtsWorcester main galleries, 44 Portland Street

Public reception: Wednesday, September 20, 6:00-9:00 PM /// Free and open to all. Cash bar. /// Learn more.


During the past year, seven artists have been busy making use of the Material Needs Grant they won in 2022. Those awards, ranging from $500 to $1,500, fund the cost of supplies required to make new artwork in Worcester County. A year and a half later, awardees exhibit their completed artwork in a group exhibition.

The 2022-2023 grants funded a variety of materials, such as paint, LED lights, a wide-format printer, and a microwave glass kiln. This year’s exhibition includes surreal multimedia paintings that explore icons of visual culture, life-sized puppets of endangered species, casts of discarded objects from Worcester’s Elm Park created through a personal recycling process, and more.

To date, eighty-nine artists have had their careers advanced through a Material Needs Grant. Thank you to the anonymous donor who makes this possible.

Discover each artists' work below.


/// Learn more about the Material Needs Grant opportunity here.

Brad Chapman Bleau

Subliminal: Material Culture and the Associations We Have with Objects

Carrie Crane

Electronica: Making mechanisms that move, shine, or make noise

Kate Egnaczak

Transforming Waste, Imagining Stories

Amanda Gibson

The Endangered Species Project

Tia Kinsman

Secrets From Beyond: Combining Crafts to Explore the Unknown

Nathan Manna

For Greener Pastures: Excavations and Research in Search of the Origins of Gay Semiotics

Lucy Marcigliano


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