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 must reserve free tickets in advance.


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

ArtsWorcester West Gallery

An annual favorite is brought down to scale in The Little One, the ninth iteration of this members’ exhibition. Delight in miniature artworks by over 140 artist members, which showcase a diverse range of media, technique, and subject. All ringing in at ten inches or less, these works demonstrate how small works can pack a major punch.

Public reception: Friday, December 3, 6:00-9:00 PM


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

ArtsWorcester East Gallery

Ryan’s paintings and drawings juxtapose visual imagery–historical depictions, cartoons, children’s stories, and political iconography–to explore modern society and concepts of identity. Myth Busters takes the form of a wall installation, creating a dynamic interplay between pictorial elements and expanding the open-ended and disjointed narratives suggested by her imagery. By invoking and critiquing nostalgia for an America that never was, Myth Busters asks us to question our manufactured desire for a fictitious past and the belief system through which we see ourselves.

Public reception: Friday, December 3, 6:00-9:00 PM


Friday, December 3, 6:00-9:00 PM /// Public reception in the galleries!

ArtsWorcester main galleries, 44 Portland Street

Join us for a public reception celebrating two current exhibitions! The West Gallery will be brimming with many splendid treats for The Little One, showcasing the diverse skills and talents of our artist membership. In the East Gallery, Joan Ryan’s wall installations for Myth Busters will trick the eye and ask us to question our cultural identity. This event is free and open to the public.


Wednesday, December 8, 4:00-6:30 PM /// Teen Night at ArtsWorcester

ArtsWorcester main galleries, 44 Portland Street

Featuring artist Amanda Gibson. Bring or borrow a sketchbook to draw in the galleries! Enjoy music and new exhibitions! No tickets–just show up!

Con la escultora e ilustradora Amanda Gibson. ¡Traiga o pida prestado un cuaderno de dibujo para dibujar en las galerías! ¡Disfrute del arte y música! ¡No se requieren boletos para entrar! ¡Solo tiene que asistir al evento!


January 8 through April 23, 2022 /// Tracy Spadafora: Left Behind

The Franklin Square Salon at The Hanover Theatre

Dumpsters and trash bins are ubiquitous yet often go unnoticed. Through her observation of containers behind office buildings, strip malls, construction sites, and restaurants, Spadafora captures signs of corrosion and decay in her latest series. By documenting the layers of wear, she searches for a history within the marks, creating a record of human impact on our environment.

Public reception: Sunday, January 16, 2022, 2:00 to 4:00 PM
Gallery hours run Saturdays, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.


January 20 through February 27, 2022 /// Lisa Barthelson: meld merge mix

ArtsWorcester East Gallery

A sharp look at sustainability, meld merge mix is an immersive, site-specific installation that scrutinizes consumerism and its persistent byproducts. Through the creation of a new environment using one family’s cast-off debris, Lisa Barthelson reimagines the impact of “disposable” objects familiar to our everyday lives and actions.

Public reception: Friday, January 21, 2022, 6:00-9:00 PM (Snow date: January 28)


January 20 through February 27, 2022 /// Dodge and Burn: A Juried Members’ Exhibition

ArtsWorcester East Gallery

Dodging and burning are the ways photographers in the darkroom either lighten or darken different areas of an image, a technique that has since been modernized in digital editing software. The resulting effect is a heightened visual contrast. For this juried exhibition, artists capture elements of contrast–visual or thematic–within a single artwork. Review the call for art and submit here.

Public reception: Friday, January 21, 2022, 6:00-9:00 PM (Snow date: January 28)



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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