Happening at ArtsWorcester


Keep an eye out for upcoming virtual experiences, members’ opportunities, programming, and in-person exhibition viewing here!


September 19 through December 11, 2021 /// Chelsea Bradway: Be a Lady They Said

Franklin Square Salon Gallery at The Hanover Theatre

Bradway’s photographs capture unique images of female empowerment in a challenging age. Women of different ages and races were invited by the artist to bring important personal objects into her studio and to pose for black and white portraits in a stark, simplified environment. The monochromatic, bare setting sets off the joy and confidence radiated by the subjects, and their diversity of strength, power, and presence. Visitors are required to reserve free tickets in advance.


September 26, 2021 /// Submission deadline: ArtsWorcester Design Competition

Calling all artists and designers! ArtsWorcester is holding a design competition for limited editions of die-cut stickers and tote bags to be sold at Worcester Wares. Learn more and submit here.


October 7 through November 7, 2021 /// Jennifer Davis Carey: Redemption

ArtsWorcester East Gallery

At the intersection of art, craft, and history, these portraits in enamel re-interpret a famous and controversial set of nineteenth-century daguerreotypes depicting unclad, enslaved people in the United States. 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 distortions of “race science,” turns the images into photographic portraits, and transforms the subjects into individuals, figures of agency, presence, and grace.


October 7 through November 7, 2021 /// Virtually Identical: Works by the Worcester Public Schools Visual Arts Faculty

ArtsWorcester West Gallery

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


October 7 through November 7, 2021 /// Material Needs 2021

ArtsWorcester at the Davis Art Gallery

The artists of this year’s Material Needs exhibition received awards ranging from $800 to $1,400 to support the creation of new work in Worcester County, work that is new to the region and new to the artist’s practice. Projects supported by these anonymous grants this year include large-scale garden painting, metalsmithing inspired by aerial photography, multimedia portraits of historic women in Worcester, and extruded ceramic sculpture. Since they were first awarded in 2013, seventy-seven artists have had their practices advanced by these grants.


Thursday, October 7, 2021, 6:00-8:00 PM /// Public reception: Urban Green and Blue

Park View Room, Worcester

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.


October 28 /// Artwork registration deadline: The Little One

We’re bringing our biggest exhibition down to scale. For the ninth iteration of ArtsWorcester’s “One,” all artist members are invited to exhibit one small-scale artwork. Learn more and register your work here.


November 18 through December 19, 2021 /// The Little One: A Members’ Exhibition

ArtsWorcester West Gallery


November 18 through December 19, 2021 /// Joan Ryan: Myth Busters

ArtsWorcester East Gallery


ONGOING /// Gen Zoomers

Gen Zoomers is our new resource for teens: digital studio tours and artist talks from some of our leading artists, and hands-on projects that relate to their practices. We provide the tools and supplies! Follow along here.

Gen Zoomers was developed in partnership with the Worcester Public Schools and supported by the Clementi Family Charitable Foundation, the Worcester Arts Council, a local agency supported by the Mass Cultural Council, and the 365Z Foundation.



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