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2020 ARTISTS YEARBOOK

A N A R T E FA C T F R O M A Y E A R W E ’ L L N E V E R F O R G E T

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WELCOME Welcome to the 2020 Artists Yearbook, a new venture for a new time. The Yearbook began in the dark months of last spring, when Scarlett Hoey, an alumna of our staff, reminded us of the charms of the nineteenth-century carte de visite, wondering if there was the seed of something fun for our artists somewhere in that tradition. We began to think together about small formats, self-representation, annual commemorations, reunions, and how much we missed each other’s faces--hence, a yearbook. This Artists Yearbook was open to all our artist members with two simple requirements: their submission needed to represent their own face, and to be vertically oriented. Like all memory projects, the Yearbook is incomplete, and does not include submissions from all 350 of our active artist members. All the same, this group of self-portraits allows us to see the diversity of artistic practices within ArtsWorcester, artists using a traditional genre in an unusual moment, and a glimpse of gatherings to come. In that spirit of optimism, we have left a page blank for the personal signatures that are part of the traditional yearbook format. Below are ours, which come with our gratitude for your part in ArtsWorcester’s community.

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WINTER

JANUARY began with exciting

and unexpected news: ArtsWorcester was selected as one the Ten Best New Attractions named by USA Today’s Readers’ Choice poll! Later in the month, we celebrated our supporters with a cozy daytime tea, complete with Earl Grey, pastries, and sherry. Three artists--Madge Evers, Lynn Nafey, and Peter Wise (pictured)-- gave brief artist talks related to their work on view in the Seventh Annual One. In the Central Corridor that connects the East and West Galleries, Tim Johnson and Tom Grady installed an Arakawa hanging system, where we currently feature a piece by Leon Shulman (below) and an unattributed collaborative piece that hung for decades in the foyer of the Aurora Hotel on Main Street.

WINTER exhibitions kicked off with a festive opening reception for the Sixteenth Annual College Show and Peter Wise discusses his piece, Muro; Tim Johnson and Tom Grady hang a painting by Leon Shulman in the North Corridor

Rachel Chambers’s solo site-specific installation, Inside Out.

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The Sixteenth Annual College Show

Rachel Chambers, Mama, armature wire, plaster, acrylic, found objects; “touchable tours” organized with the MA Association for the Blind

Stephanie McCrary, Mobile, wood, fishing hooks, and wire; the prize winners of the Sixteenth Annual College Show

From over 260 submissions, juror Lynne Cooney, Artistic Director and chief curator of the Boston University Art Galleries, selected 73 works in traditional and new media, including sculpture, video, print, painting, and photography.

Rachel Chambers: Inside Out Multi-media artist Rachel Chambers is searching for textures and colors that resonate with childlike wonder. Inside Out had her collecting and reworking toys, using contemporary basketry in wire, found objects, and disjointed memorabilia to create sculpture. Viewers were encouraged to play with works in this tactile exhibition, and “touchable tours” were hosted in the galleries for the visually impaired.

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Lizzie Abelson pencils and paints

Amanda Bastien acrylic paint

Eugenie Lewalski Berg sculpture: concrete, mixed media

Susan Black painting and collage


Chelsea Bradway photography

Lora Brueck photography, mixed media, artist books

Matthew Burgos colored pencil, photography

Evan Charney printmaking

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Siddharth Choudhary drawing

Hayley Colaizzi sensory-based mixed media

James Collins photography

Doreen Connors mixed media


Jessica DeHaemer acrylic and watercolor

Alice Dillon fiber

Nancy Engberg photography

Madge Evers mushroom spores on paper

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Gloria Goguen: Botanical Dreams

Roger Rice’s Evolution III #’s 1-5 (powder coated aluminium) installed in the West Gallery as part of In Transition: A Members’ Exhibition in partnership with FAM

Gloria Goguen’s work in deeplylayered colored pencil married traditional botanical subjects with personal perspectives. For her solo exhibition installed in the Franklin Square Salon Gallery at The Hanover Theatre, Goguen drew inspiration from traditional botanical artists in a contemporary medium and format.

Gloria Goguen, Mandarins - Patel’s Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, colored pencil

SPRING

In Transition: A Members’ Exhibition in partnership with the Fitchburg Art Museum In this members’ exhibition--the eighth “Call and Response” partnership with the Fitchburg Art Museum--one hundred and thirty-two artists showed a single work in response to the year’s theme of transition. Marjorie Rawle, Terrana Assistant Curator at FAM, selected ten works to display in FAM’s Community Gallery, integrated with ten works from the Museum’s permanent collection that served as inspiration for the theme of transition. In Transition, never seen in real life by the public, marked our own transition into the pandemic.

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Evan Charney, Snow Day, wood block print

Together with artist Evan Charney, we donated all proceeds from sales of limited edition prints of Snow Day to the Worcester Together Fund to help our community weather the pandemic. The Fund--a collaboration between the United Way of Central Massachusetts and Greater Worcester Community Foundation--deployed grants and resources to organizations throughout Worcester County that work with communities that were disproportionately affected by the coronavirus public health crisis.

Madge Evers, Forest, Deep and Mighty, mushroom spore print; Karen Reid, Dan’s Wyoming, oil and wax on canvas

During the early days of shelter-in-place orders, we created a new series to cast light on the collectors who have purchased art in our galleries. #ArtsWorcesterAtHome brought us into the homes of contemporary art enthusiasts across the region.

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Lillian Favreau printmaking

Tim Gannon oil on canvas

Amanda Gibson mixed media and found object sculpture

Francine Gintoff drawing: oil pastel on paper, mixed media


Christina Giza watercolor

Gloria Goguen colored pencil

Margery Gordon acrylic and watercolor paint, ink, mixed media, collage

Miranda Greenhalgh Sumi ink

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Ryan Hacker mixed media

Lisa Hayden acrylic paint

Allie Heimos mixed media

Susan Hong-Sammons oil, charcoal, graphite, conté pastel


Scarlett Hoey photography

Kira Houston digital painting

James Hunt digital photography and videography

Elijah Johnson acrylic

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Madeleine Lord, Old Friends, welded steel; Gregory Barry, Writhe, repurposed wood

SUMMER

Gravity/Levity: A Juried Members’ Exhibition

Joshua Croke, Don’t Shoot; mixed media photography and digital collage; Emma G. Mesa-Melendez, Passages, oil on canvas

Our first all-sculpture show! Sculpture is historically perceived as having significant weight, both in poundage and gravitas. The works in this show confirmed and contradicted that sentiment, and asked us to consider the relationship between material and message. Lisa Crossman, Curator of American Art and Arts of the Americas at the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, served as juror.

Beyond the Paint: Artists of Worcester’s Black Lives Matter Mural This exhibition showcased artworks by twelve artists who assisted in creating downtown Worcester’s Black Lives Matter mural. These pieces reimagine the experience of creating the mural and present an intimate view of each artists’ role in bringing it to life. Curated by Em Quiles, this exhibition featured twelve local artists in the North Corridor, each one key to the mural’s success.

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“Submitting a Successful Proposal” with Nancy Burns, February 2020

THROUGHOUT the year,

our artist members advanced their professional skills through four Artist Business Skills Workshops in 2020. Toby Sisson led artists through “The Artist Statement: Writing with Clarity, Authenticity, and Purpose.” Artists packed a conference room for “Submitting a Successful Proposal” with Nancy Burns, Juliet Feibel, and Kate Rasche. Two virtual workshops followed: “Art Documentation Made Easy: photograph art with your phone” with Jessica Burko, and “Organizing and Preparing Images for Submission” with Erik Gehring.

ART AT WORK: In 2019, Tim Johnson installed Amy Klausmeyer’s collages at the Mercantile Center (pictured), where they stayed throughout most of 2020. Workers at Hanover Insurance got a glimpse of Neil Wilkins’ encaustics in their cafeteria. Karen Reid’s large-scale paintings were installed at ArtsWorcester’s latest Art@Work client, Akoya Biosciences, in Marlborough, MA. BY FALL, we kicked off a new four-part online speaker

Two artists who worked on Worcester’s BLM mural joined us for “What Black Art Means to Me”

Tim Johnson installing Amy Klausmeyer’s collages at the Mercantile Center

series hosted by ArtsWorcester intended to amplify Black voices in contemporary art, broadening understandings of Black art history, visual vocabularies, and experiences within the visual art industry.

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Howard Johnson mixed drawing media

Timothy Johnson photography

Deborah Kaplan photography

Christopher King rope, found materials


Hana Lasell digital, acrylic, mixed-media

Syd Lewin found objects

Madeleine Lord welded steel

Nathan Manna collage and theatre

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David Martsolf oil on canvas

Mike McCool photography

Ethan McGrath ceramics

Michael Milligan collage


Swapnil Mishra digital photography

Nicole Nelson oil, acrylic, photography

Linda Nelson digital photography

Karen Nunley paint, collage, printmaking, drawing

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FALL Material Needs 2020

Eugenie Lewalski Berg, Pink Sunrise, concrete, mokuhanga prints, graphite; Detainee (welded steel) by Madeleine Lord stands in the foreground of the Eighth Annual One

The 2019-2020 cohort of Material Needs Grant recipients had their work showcased in an online exhibition. Always one of the best showcases of up-and-coming artists in the region, Material Needs 2020 featured peeks into creative processes and the finished pieces artists produced with grants awarded over one year before.

The Eighth Annual One: A Members’ Exhibition The largest and most varied exhibition ArtsWorcester produces each year, the “One” represents the work that each artist most wishes to show, regardless of medium or theme. From 161 ArtsWorcester works by artist members, juror Mededith Fluke, Director of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery at the College of the Holy Cross, selected three prize winners, who each held a virtual artist talk.

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WINTER Part of ArtsWorcester’s collaboration with the Worcester Public Schools, State of Being showcased the diverse studio practices of the artists who also teach this city’s students. Working largely in isolation—one teacher per school building—these artists embraced the opportunity to come together. Exhibiting together under one roof allowed these educators to share techniques, themes, and experiences with like-minded colleagues in a celebration of what they do and who they are outside the classroom.

Rebecca McGee Tuck’s solo exhibition, Along the Wrack Line, in the East Gallery

Callie Mulcahy, Permanence, acrylic and mixed media on canvas

State of Being: Works by Worcester Public Schools Visual Arts Faculty

Present Tense Prize Winner | Rebecca McGee Tuck: Along the Wrack Line Fiber artist and sculptor Rebecca McGee Tuck composed a sculptural narrative using sea debris she collects along the Massachusetts shoreline. The Present Tense Prize, awarding a solo exhibition and a $1,000 award, recognizes an artist whose work exemplifies new practices, artistic risk-taking, and excellence in execution.

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Kat O’Connor oil, acrylic, watercolor, and conté

Edmy Ortiz oil paint and/or acrylic on canvas

Kara Patrowicz fibers and painting

Moises Ramos digital art


R. Douglass Rice oil paint on canvas, sculpture

Eve Rifkah fabric

Denise M. Riggs photography

Ann Rosebrooks acrylic on canvas

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Jessica Sadlier mixed media

Piya Samant oil on wood panel

Becky Schaffer relief prints and etchings

Amanda Schall mixed media


Leslie Schomp fiber

Edwin Smith digital photography

Linda Snay watercolor and hand embroidery

Theresa Spadafora oil and encaustic paint

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Lawrence Strauss oil on panel

Cathy Taylor collage, photography

Pamela Taylor painting

AmberRose Tortorelli painting, sculpture


Simon Tozer illuminated laser-plate printing

Alex Tremblay “whatever is available”

Rebecca McGee Tuck found object and sea debris assemblage sculpture

Mary Pat Wager-Stienstra mixed media sculpture

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Jill Watts ceramics and found objects

Al Weems photography

Martha (Patty B) Wilson acrylic

Peter Wise photomontage


Kristi Xhelili photography

Brenda Yates photography and ceramics

Josh M. G. Yates acrylic painting

Yihong Zhou classic paint mediums

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Over three hundred and fifty artist members participate in ArtsWorcester exhibitions and programs every year. The vast majority live in greater Worcester, but some come from as far as New York State and northern Maine. Some artist members have formal gallery representation elsewhere, and have had their works acquired by regional museums. Others are showing their art publicly for the first time. The diversity of their practices ensures the vitality and vibrancy of our exhibitions. Their willingness to take risks ensures the success of new endeavors like this one! We invite you to connect the faces here with their artwork by visiting our galleries and exploring our website. Thank you to the artists participating in this Yearbook, and to all our artist members. 44 Portland Street Worcester, MA 01608 www.artsworcester.org

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2020 Artists Yearbook  

The Artists Yearbook is here! Eighty artists accepted our invitation to create a self-portrait for this project, each bearing their unmist...

2020 Artists Yearbook  

The Artists Yearbook is here! Eighty artists accepted our invitation to create a self-portrait for this project, each bearing their unmist...

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