Profile Type: Cultural Nonprofit
Cultural Nonprofit

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.

I Have Worked With

  • March 2016

    NOW!, a collaborative exhibit between ArtsWorcester and the Worcester Craft Center, shows the next generation of regional artists, at work across traditional and craft media.

    The exhibit was juried by Roger Hankins, Director of the Cantor Art Gallery at the College of the Holy Cross. Prizes will be announced at both ArtsWorcester and the Craft Center at 6:30 PM the evening of the opening reception

  • November 2015

    Annual collaboration for a "Call and Response" Exhibition inspired by artwork loaned to ArtsWorcester by the Fitchburg Art Museum.

  • September 2014

    Artist Emily Sandagata was part of ArtsWorcester's exhibition Material Needs, an exhibition of work by Emily Sandagata, Matt Abelson, Grace Cherubino, John LaPrade, Rose LeBeau, and Irina Parfenova. Material Needs exhibited work produced with assistance from the first round of ArtsWorcester Material Needs Grants, awarded in the spring of 2013.  These grants support the expenses of material and equipment required to make new art in Worcester County. Although all projects were created individually, common themes of decay, transition, and memory run through many of the artworks.

  • Cultural Nonprofit

Contact Information

First Name: 
Job Title/Position: 
Executive Director
Mailing Address: 
WORCESTER, MA 01610-3100
Physical Address: 
Worcester, MA 01610-3100
Last Name: 


Profile Type: 
Cultural Nonprofit
Primary Discipline: 
Visual/Crafts - General
Additional Disciplines: 
Humanities - Art History & Criticism
Media - General
Media - Animation
Media - Audio / Sound
Media - Cyberart
Media - Digital
Media - Film
Media - Video
Visual/Crafts - General
Visual/Crafts - Basket Weaving
Visual/Crafts - Cartooning / Graphic Novel
Visual/Crafts - Carving
Visual/Crafts - Ceramics
Visual/Crafts - Clay
Visual/Crafts - Decorative Arts
Visual/Crafts - Dolls / Soft Sculpture
Visual/Crafts - Experimental
Visual/Crafts - Fiber
Visual/Crafts - Furniture
Visual/Crafts - Glass
Visual/Crafts - Illustration / Drawing
Visual/Crafts - Installation
Visual/Crafts - Jewelry
Visual/Crafts - Leather
Visual/Crafts - Light Art
Visual/Crafts - Metal
Visual/Crafts - Mixed Media
Visual/Crafts - Painting
Visual/Crafts - Paper
Visual/Crafts - Photography
Visual/Crafts - Plastic
Visual/Crafts - Printmaking
Visual/Crafts - Sculpture
Visual/Crafts - Stone
Visual/Crafts - Textile Weaving
Visual/Crafts - Wood / Bark
Year Founded: 
Populations Served: 
General Public
LGBTQ Populations
People with Disabilities
Institution/Business Type: 
Galleries / Exhibition Spaces
Activities and Services: 
Film Showings
Professional Development / Training
Venue Rental
Wedding / Parties / Private Gatherings
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
Multi-County Region