The Eighth Annual One: A Members’ Exhibition

On view now through November 8, 2020


The largest and most varied exhibition ArtsWorcester produces each year, the "One" represents the work that each artist most wishes to show, regardless of medium or theme. Featuring 161 ArtsWorcester artist members, this year's "One" is on view in the East and West Galleries through Sunday, November 8, 2020. 

Over the next several weeks, we will share gallery tours, artist talks, and insights from the juror.

Discover this year's prize winners and explore the entire exhibition online here.



Image: Dana Mendes, No, You Can't Touch My Hair; Bantu Knots, oil on canvas, 30" x 24", 2020, $4,320, one of three works to receive an Honorable Mention in The Eighth Annual "One."

Coming December 3

State of Being: Works by Worcester Public Schools Visual Arts Faculty

On view: December 3, 2020 through January 31, 2021

In person and online

Part of ArtsWorcester's partnership with the Worcester Public Schools, State of Being showcases the diverse studio practices of the artists who also teach this city's students.


Above images: Timmary Leary, Excelsior, acrylic on board, 12" x 12", 2019; Joe DiGregorio, Radishes on the Moon, stained glass, 9" x 24", 2020; Laurie Atchue, Coming Together, acrylic on canvas, 36" x 36"

Coming December 3

Present Tense Prize Winner

Rebecca McGee Tuck: Along the Wrack Line

On view: December 3, 2020 through January 31, 2021

In person and online

Rebecca McGee Tuck weaves a sculptural narrative using sea debris she collects along the Massachusetts shoreline. The Present Tense Prize, awarding a solo exhibition and a $1,000 award, recognizes an artist whose work exemplifies new practices, artistic risk-taking, and excellence in execution. We thank the individuals who generously support the Present Tense Prize.


Above image: Rebecca McGee Tuck, Prowess Reimagined, sea debris, steel, wood, wire, 57" x 24" x 48", 2019

Gravity/Levity | Summer 2020

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


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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.


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

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

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: