Material Needs 2021

October 7 through November 7, 2021

ArtsWorcester at the Davis Art Gallery

The artists of this year’s Material Needs exhibition received awards ranging from $500 to $1,500 to create new work in Worcester County, art that is new to the region and to the artist’s practice. Projects supported by these anonymous grants this year include welded steel sculpture, a series of paper-based works inspired by Indigenous teachings on humanity’s relationships to the natural world, full-size portraits inspired by 20th century Viennese Expressionism, printed-silk photographs that consider alternate forms of visual perception, and more. Since they were first awarded in 2013, seventy-seven artists have had their work advanced by these grants.

Jennifer Davis Carey: Redemption

October 7 through November 7, 2021

ArtsWorcester East Gallery

At the intersection of art, craft, and history, these portraits in enamel re-interpret nineteenth-century American daguerreotypes depicting unclad, enslaved people. Carey uses a combination of photographic transfer and vitreous enamel to give the figures clothes in vibrant colors, drawn from different fashions and eras. This intervention removes the figures from the distortion of "race science," shifting the images towards portraiture and transforming them into figures of agency, presence, and grace.

Virtually Identical: Works by Worcester Public Schools Visual Arts Faculty

October 7 through November 7, 2021

ArtsWorcester West Gallery

Part of ArtsWorcester’s partnership with the Worcester Public Schools, Virtually Identical showcases the diverse studio practices of the artists who also teach this city’s students.

partnership exhibition

Urban Green and Blue

October 7 through November 21, 2021

Preservation Worcester's Park View Room

Urban Green and Blue is a juried exhibition of paintings featuring Worcester’s urban green and blue spaces: the city’s public parks, wildlife sanctuaries, nature reserves, publicly accessible reservoirs, lakes, rivers, streams, and ponds. This exhibition is a collaboration between Preservation Worcester and ArtsWorcester, funded in part by the Worcester Arts Council.

Now in Technicolor: A Juried Members' Exhibition

August 19 through September 19, 2021

Thirty-four ArtsWorcester artist members turn up the heat with bold hues for Now in Technicolor. Juried by: Joshua Croke, Founder, Action By Design; Stephen DiRado, artist and professor; Birgit Straehle, Associate Painting Conservator, Worcester Art Museum and Creative Consultant, Sprinkler Factory Art Gallery.

Madge Evers: The New Herbarium

August 19 through September 19, 2021

Mushrooms generate tiny aerosolized spores to reproduce. Working with fungi cultivated for this purpose, Evers catches the spores and their pigment as they land on paper, filtering them with other plant materials and manipulating their powdery traces. In this series, Evers uses foraged plants to shape the light-colored spores on black paper. Inspired by early modern herbaria, in which plants were preserved for study, these works conjure a natural world both strange and deeply familiar.

The Nineteenth ArtsWorcester Biennial

June 3 through August 1, 2021

Since 1985, the ArtsWorcester Biennial has exhibited a range of the region’s best visual art. From over 470 submissions, juror Beth C. McLaughlin, Artistic Director and Chief Curator at Fuller Craft Museum, selected 63 works for inclusion in this celebrated exhibition.

They Travel Together: Leslie Schomp, Mary Kenny, & Andrea Olmstead

April 1 through June 13, 2021

They Travel Together is a three-artist exhibition–Mary Kenny, Andrea Scofield Olmstead, and Leslie Schomp–whose drawings and sculpture seek to shorten the imaginary and experiential distance between humans and animals.

Inside Voices: A Members' Exhibition in partnership with the Fitchburg Art Museum

March 18 through May 2, 2021

Our ninth "Call and Response" collaboration with the Fitchburg Art Museum, an important center for contemporary art in New England. Inside Voices prompts artists to consider a wide range of interiors, including domestic environments, psychological subjectivity, bodies, architecture, and sculptural containment. These spaces reveal symbolic weight, mental and emotional states, fantasy worlds, gender roles, and personal memories.

The 17th Annual College Show

Winter 2021 | online only

One of our favorite annual exhibitions returns, this time with a virtual twist. The Seventeenth Annual College Show is a juried, online exhibition open to Worcester-area college students in any major. From over one hundred and eighty submissions, Aprile Gallant (Smith College Museum of Art) selected 51 works by 44 artists in traditional and new media, including film, printmaking, photography, paint, and digital art.

PRESENT TENSE PRIZE WINNER

Rebecca McGee Tuck: Along the Wrack Line

December 3, 2020 through February 14, 2021

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.

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

December 3, 2020 through February 14, 2021

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.

Material Needs 2020

Eugenie Lewalski Berg | José Criollo | Christine Croteau | Rebecca Duffy | Maureen Hebert | Clifton Hunt | Amanda Kidd Schall | Donalyn Schofield | Joanne Stowell

Fall 2020 | online only

Material Needs Grants fund the cost of the supplies required to make new artwork. Awards range from $500 to $1,500, and are supported by a single anonymous donor. This year's exhibition showcases new work created in Worcester County by the 2019-2020 cohort of Material Needs Grant recipients.

Gravity/Levity

The Eighth Annual One: A Members’ Exhibition

September 10 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. Over 160 works by our artist members filled the galleries. See every piece--as well as artist talks from three prize winners--here.

Gravity/Levity

Gravity/Levity: A Juried Members’ Exhibition

July 9 through August 16, 2020

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.

Gloria Goguen: Botanical Dreams

Spring/Summer 2020

Botanical Dreams is a solo exhibition of fourteen drawings by Gloria Goguen. Her work in deeply-layered colored pencil marries traditional botanical subjects with personal perspectives. This work draws inspiration from traditional French, German, and Flemish botanical artists such as Pierre-Joseph Redoute, Gerard van Spaendonck, and Johann Christoph Dietzch, in a contemporary medium and format.

The Eighth Annual One

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--over 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 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 at FAM alongside the original loan.