Happening at ArtsWorcester

 

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

 

June 3 through August 1, 2021 /// The Nineteenth ArtsWorcester Biennial

ArtsWorcester main galleries

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. View the online exhibition here.

 

Friday, July 1, 2021 /// Submission deadline | Now in Technicolor: A Juried Members’ Exhibition

Color is important to every artwork, but for this show, it’s everything. For this juried exhibition, ArtsWorcester is looking for your brightest, boldest, and most explosive artworks. Turn up the heat this summer with blazing vermillion, vivid cobalt, radioactive yellow, or the color(s) of your choice: bold is the way to go. Learn more and submit here.

 

August 19 through September 19, 2021 /// Now in Technicolor: A Juried Members’ Exhibition

ArtsWorcester West Gallery

Reception: Thursday, September 2, 6:00-9:00 PM

Color is important to every artwork, but for this show, it’s everything. For this juried exhibition, ArtsWorcester is looking for your brightest, boldest, and most explosive artworks. Turn up the heat this summer with blazing vermillion, vivid cobalt, radioactive yellow, or the color(s) of your choice: bold is the way to go.

 

August 19 through September 19, 2021 /// Madge Evers: The New Herbarium

ArtsWorcester East Gallery

Reception: Thursday, September 2, 6:00-9:00 PM

Mushroom spores are the tiny seeds shot forth from the plant’s gills to ride air currents and reproduce elsewhere. Working with fungi she cultivates for this purpose, Evers uses paper to catch the spores and their pigment as they land, and interrupts their process further by adding other plant materials to filter and manipulate the spores’ powdery traces. In this series, she uses plants she’s foraged during walks in the city of Worcester to shape the forms that light-colored spores leave on 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.

 

September 18 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.

 

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 /// Works by the Worcester Public Schools Visual Arts Faculty

ArtsWorcester West Gallery

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

 

October 7 through November 7, 2021 /// Material Needs 2020-2021

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.

 

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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