Founded in 1979, ArtsWorcester Art Gallery exhibits and promotes local contemporary artists, free of charge to the public.
A sculptor displaying art for the very first time in public, a photographer hoping for inclusion in a juried exhibit, and a more established painter embarking on a solo exhibit, all find value in exhibiting at ArtsWorcester. The breadth of our membership pays artistic dividends. ArtsWorcester is known for its solo, small group, and juried exhibits of excellent local art. But we also produce three to four “open-member” exhibits each year, group shows in which every artist member is entitled to include an artwork. These open exhibits, unpredictable in content and size, showcase new talent, diverse approaches, and striking juxtapositions of media, theme, and form. Artists at all levels of their career come to these openings, celebrate their colleagues, welcome newcomers, and take inspiration from what others are making.
For audiences and collectors, ArtsWorcester provides a unique public good. Our gallery exhibits and openings have always been free and open to all. The wide range of prices set by our artists means that owning original works of art is within reach of most budgets. As access to art becomes more difficult to afford and maintain, we serve an increasingly important role to those who value it. Outside of our democratic virtues, we are a joyous and creative place.
To a city with deep historical roots, ArtsWorcester now contributes its own traditions. The annual College Show marks its eleventh anniversary this year, and the Biennial has run uninterrupted for three decades. We are proud to be part of Worcester’s diverse arts community.
Visit, join, or just ask about the artists at work in this region. You are welcome here.