Happening at ArtsWorcester


Public events are currently on hold for now as we examine how to proceed in a strange, new world. Keep an eye out for upcoming virtual experiences, members’ opportunities, programming, and in-person exhibition viewing here!

ArtsWorcester Main Galleries at 44 Portland Street are open Thursdays through Sundays, 12:00 to 5:00 PM. Learn more and plan your visit here.


beginning January 28  /// The Seventeenth Annual College Show (online only)

The Seventeenth Annual College Show is a juried, online exhibition open to Worcester-area college students in any major. This year’s juror is Aprile Gallant, Associate Director of Curatorial Affairs and Senior Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Smith College Museum of Art. See this online-only exhibition here.


Sunday, February 21, 6:30-7:30 PM /// Leaders and Influencers: Three Figures in Black Art History with Erin Corrales-Diaz (online event)
Join us for a short presentation and discussion led by Erin Corrales-Diaz, Ph.D., Assistant Curator of American art at the Worcester Art Museum, on two major Black artists and a collective, and the legacies they left for contemporary artists. Learn about (or more about) Henry Ossawa Tanner, the one of the first African American artists to achieve international acclaim; Loïs Mailou Jones, whose dual roles as an artist and art educator inspired generations of Black students to pursue careers in the arts; and the artist collective AfriCOBRA and its enduring impact on the relationship between art and activism. Pre-register for this online event, or watch via Facebook live.


February 26, 2021 /// Registration deadline, Inside Voices: A Members’ Exhibition

For this ninth Call and Response collaboration between ArtsWorcester and the Fitchburg Art Museum, artists must respond not only to the theme, but directly to one (or more) of ten artworks on loan from the Museum. At the time of registration artists will be required to name the FAM artwork(s) that inspired their piece. Explore the loan here.


Sunday, March 14, 6:00 – 7:00 PM /// Workshop: What You Need To Know About Exhibition Proposals

Join us for a virtual workshop with Nancy Burns, Stoddard Associate Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs at the Worcester Art Museum—a long-time ArtsWorcester selection committee member, as well as Alice Dillon, ArtsWorcester Assistant Director, and Juliet Feibel, ArtsWorcester Executive Director. Learn the process for applying, what successful proposals have in common, and about the selection committee looks for when reviewing submissions. Join your fellow artists and ask your questions! Pre-register here.


April 1 through June 13 /// They Travel Together: Leslie Schomp, Mary Kenny, & Andrea Olmstead

On view at ArtsWorcester at the Davis Art Gallery

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.


April 16, 2021 /// Submission deadline, The 19th ArtsWorcester Biennial

Since 1985, the ArtsWorcester Biennial has exhibited a range of the region’s best visual art. Beth C. McLaughlin, Artistic Director and Chief Curator at Fuller Craft Museum, will serve as the juror. The winner of the Sally Bishop Biennial Prize will receive a $1,000 cash award and a solo exhibition at the Worcester Art Museum during their 2021-22 season. This partnership, now in its third iteration, provides the winning artist with an important museum credential while placing their work in conversation with world-renowned artists in WAM’s collection. Artists are invited to submit up to three works to this landmark show. There is a submission fee of $15 per piece (financial assistance is available). Submit up to three works here.


June 3 through August 1, 2021 /// The 19th ArtsWorcester Biennial

Since 1985, the ArtsWorcester Biennial has exhibited a range of the region’s best visual art. Beth C. McLaughlin, Artistic Director and Chief Curator at Fuller Craft Museum, will serve as the juror. A call for art is now open (deadline April 16). Submit up to three works here.


ongoing /// Material Needs 2020 (online only)
Our first online-only show! This group exhibition showcases new work created in Worcester County by the 2019-2020 cohort of Material Needs Grant recipients: Eugenie Lewalski Berg, José Criollo, Christine Croteau, Rebecca Duffy, Maureen Hebert, Clifton Hunt, Amanda Kidd Schall, Donalyn Schofield, and Joanne Stowell. Explore the work of these nine artists here.



Gen Zoomers, an online program, will engage Worcester Public Schools students with regional contemporary artists. More information to follow.