ArtsWorcester, a non-profit contemporary art center, has operated in downtown Worcester since 1979.
We exhibit local contemporary artists at all stages of their careers, provide professional training to artists, offer cultural and educational opportunities to the public, and cultivate audiences for art.
Our galleries are open and free to all, providing consistently excellent exhibitions to the city, the region, and its residents.
While mid-career and established regional artists are the most visible in our exhibitions, anyone may participate as an artist. Some three hundred artists exhibit with us each year.
We produce fifteen to nineteen professionally-produced exhibitions annually, in our main gallery and two satellite spaces in downtown. A small corporate art program offers artists another exhibition and sales opportunity.
Solo, dual-artist, and small group exhibitions are selected annually by two curatorial committees. Three exhibitions a year are large group shows in which all artists members may place an artwork.
Partnerships with the local museums and competitive opportunities—Material Needs Grants, the Biennial, the Present Tense Prize, and exhibition awards—raise the standard for local art.
Artist Business Skills Workshops teach artist members the vocational fundamentals they need to succeed in their vocation, such as portfolio reviews, writing an artist statement, accounting for artists, and intellectual property.
Our annual College Show, Teen Nights, public artist talks, and gallery tours provide educational and cultural experiences to visitors and artists alike.