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worcester art museum magazine

From the Director

This only happens once in a lifetime: an acquisition of the caliber of Veronese’s Venus Disarming Cupid. Join me in thanking the generous donor, Hester Diamond, who gave this masterwork in honor of her stepdaughter, WAM Trustee Rachel Kaminsky. Venus Disarming Cupid will be prominently featured in our upcoming [remastered] exhibition. [remastered] explores new ways of displaying paintings in our galleries, and offers a broad range of programs and initiatives to allow you, our visitors and friends, to see our collection in a new light.

Thanks to the great energy that our newly constituted Audience Engagement Division is developing, we are proud to report about a broad range of programs for you. Some of them add substantially to our already existing efforts, such as WAM Talks and Sunday Sermons— check them out on page 19 and visit our website at for up-to-date programming information.

A lot of exciting projects are being realized at the Museum, behind the scenes and in the galleries. I would like to take this occasion to thank our entire staff for their great work at a critical juncture in the Museum’s history, when we are simultaneously focusing on the integration of the Higgins collection. More about the latter in the next issue.

If you aren’t already, become a Member, to help support the work that we are doing for Worcester and our community at large. We also added a reminder for the annual giving – it is thanks to your investment in this institution that we can continue to help strengthen Worcester as a great place to live and play!

Matthias Waschek / Director

Cover: Paolo Veronese, Venus Disarming Cupid, 1550–1555, oil on canvas, Gift of Hester Diamond, 2013.50 2

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Worcester Art Museum Board of Trustees

Clifford J. Schorer, President Marie A. Angelini, Vice President Catherine M. Colinvaux, Vice President Dr. Phyllis Pollack, Vice President Joseph J. Bafaro Jr., Treasurer Herbert S. Alexander Dr. Julia D. Andrieni Karin I. Branscombe Sara Buckingham John B. Dirlam Susan M. Foley Dr. Gabriele M. Goszcz Rachel Kaminsky Lisa Kirby Gibbs Patricia S. Lotuff Katharine M. Michie Charles H. Moser Moira Moynihan-Manoog John Savickas

Veronese is a Game Changer On August 14 the Museum announced the gift of Paolo Veronese’s Venus Disarming Cupid, dateable to circa 1560, one of the few works by the famed Renaissance master still in private hands. The subject depicts Venus, in a playful gesture, taking away the bow of her son Cupid, so he is unable to deliver his arrows of love. The painting is a gift from collector Hester Diamond of New York, in honor of her stepdaughter, Rachel Kaminsky, a Museum board member. Ms. Diamond acquired the work at Christie’s in 1990. Venus Disarming Cupid will be featured in [remastered], opening September 20th.

“It is rare that a museum can announce the acquisition of a single Italian Renaissance work, let alone one as spectacular as this Veronese,” said Matthias Waschek, the Museum’s director. “Venus Disarming Cupid is a game changer for our collection. We are fortunate ten times over to be receiving this generous gift from Ms. Diamond. While the Museum’s collection includes exceptional Italian Renaissance masterworks by artists such as Andrea Del Sarto and Piero di Cosimo, it has traditionally been stronger in northern European works. This Veronese shifts the spotlight to the south, and reflects our desire to grow and expand the scope and diversity of the Museum’s collection.” This is one of several recorded paintings by Veronese that present the subject of Venus and Cupid, however few have survived. The scene comes from the writings of the Greek rhetorician and satirist Lucian, and was a popular subject in sixteenth-century Italy. This particular composition is based on a drawing by Parmigianino, the Bolognese master whose work Veronese greatly admired.

“I have two motives for giving this painting to Worcester,” said collector Hester Diamond. “First, it is an opportunity to honor my stepdaughter, Rachel Kaminsky, who joined the Museum Board in 2012. Beyond that, I have always believed that the best public home for a work of art is within an institution where it adds something new to the collection and helps bring in new audiences. Over the years, my collection has evolved, incorporating art from many periods, genres and styles. The Worcester Art Museum’s willingness to explore new ideas for encouraging audiences of every age to think differently about art reflects the arc of my own collecting.”

In 1990, Venus Disarming Cupid was consigned to Christie’s by its owner as “Circle of François Boucher.” Prior to the sale, the attribution for this important rediscovery of a work by Veronese was enthusiastically endorsed by the art historian and Veronese expert Terisio Pignatti, who, in conjunction with Filippo Pedrocco, published the work in Veronese: Catalogo completo dei dipinti (1991), and W. R. Rearick, a well-known expert on Venetian 16th century painting. A collector’s stamp on the reverse of the canvas suggests that the painting was once in the collection of the Prince of HohenzollernHechingen, a county and principality in southwestern Germany. The painting was on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in late 2006, and was included in the exhibition Venus: Bilder einer Göttin (Images of a Goddess) at the Alte Pinakothek in Munich in 2001. Read more about [remastered] on the following page, and read articles about the gift from the New York Times, Boston Globe, Worcester Telegram & Gazette and among others at

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[remastered] Opening September 21, 2013

A reinstallation of the Museum's paintings from the 16th-18th centuries provides a new look at old masters.

In celebration of the recent gift of Paolo Veronese’s Venus Disarming Cupid, the Museum is reinstalling a suite of old master galleries featuring Renaissance and Baroque masterworks. Paintings will be displayed in medallion-style hangings— reminiscent of the 17th-18th century—that encourage the viewer to make personal connections with and between the works. At the same time, the Museum is working on alternative design approaches that encourage new ways for visitors to interact with and participate in daily uses of the gallery as: a classroom, inviting formal (collegiate) and informal (drop-in visitor) learning; as a laboratory, with interpretative and interactive iPad® applications; as a sanctuary, reintroducing spirituality practices with interfaith clergy; and as a community space, activating the galleries as a welcoming place for family audiences. The goal is to balance opportunities for quiet contemplation—the “traditional” museum experience—with new interactive and experimental programs. This project is one of many where the Museum is focused on reshaping the visitor experience.

[remastered] Opening Party

Friday, September 20 Members only 7-8pm / Open to Public 8-11pm Members FREE / nonmembers $14 Cash bar / RSVP online or pay at the door

Join us as we celebrate the Baroque with live performances by the Typewriter Orchestra, Radius Ensemble, Brown University’s The Higher Keys, Clark University’s The Clark Bars, the Music Worcester Chorus, Whitinsville Strings and Baroque violinists Nelva Lagerwey and Bonnie Aher. Food trucks will line Lancaster Street while local favorite Jon Short plays guitar on the Lancaster steps.

Sponsored by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.

Jusepe de Ribera, The Astronomer, detail, 1638, oil on canvas, Museum purchase, 1925.116 4

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Alloy Orchestra: Compositions for Veronese and Caravaggio Sunday, December 1, 1:30pm [remastered] Gallery Free with Museum admission

WAM has commissioned Cambridge-based Alloy Orchestra to compose original scores for two masterworks featured in [remastered], Venus Disarming Cupid by Veronese and The Vision of St. Jerome by a follower of Caravaggio.

Alloy Orchestra is a three man musical ensemble, writing and performing live accompaniment to classic silent films. Working with an outrageous assemblage of peculiar objects, they thrash and grind soulful music from unlikely sources. Performing at prestigious film festivals and cultural centers in the US and abroad (The Telluride Film Festival, The Louvre, Lincoln Center, The Academy of Motion Pictures, the National Gallery of Art and others), Alloy has helped revive some of the great masterpieces of the silent era.

An unusual combination of found percussion and state-of-the-art electronics gives the Orchestra the ability to create any sound imaginable. Utilizing their famous "rack of junk" and electronic synthesizers, the group generates beautiful music in a spectacular variety of styles. They can conjure up a French symphony or a simple German bar band of the 20's. The group can make the audience think it is being attacked by tigers, contacted by radio signals from Mars or swept up in the Russian Revolution.

Nude Drawing in the Gallery

Thursdays / 2-5 (begins September 26) Free with Museum admission The nude takes center stage among our old masters. Try your hand at drawing a live nude model with the guidance of our expert faculty among masterworks by Veronese, El Greco and Rembrandt.

Third Thursday Book Club + Tour Thursday, October 17 Free with Museum admission

6pm Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane by Andrew Graham-Dixon

7pm Join Birgit Straehle, WAM Conservator, to learn the fascinating stories behind The Vision of St. Jerome by a follower of Caravaggio.

WAM Talks

Wednesdays & Thursdays at noon Free with Museum admission Join us for talks and conversations on wide-ranging topics from art to spiritual reflections. Offered in various galleries in conjunction with the [remastered] exhibition. See page 16 for individual dates and descriptions.

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For Adults: The Age of Baroque: Faith, Sensuality, and Power

Antonella Doucette / 12pm - 1:30pm Wednesdays / October 16 - November 20 (6 weeks)

Illustrated lectures and weekly visits to the newly installed [remastered] galleries will allow you to experience the splendors of the 16th to 18th centuries, a time of renewed religious fervor, scientific exploration, political and social unrest through illustrated lectures and weekly visits to the Museums newly installed Baroque [remastered] gallery.

For Children: Depth Defying Drawing

8 - 10 years / Ellen Donaldson / 12:30-2:30 pm Saturdays beginning September 14 5 weeks Members $125 / Nonmembers $150 10 weeks Members $240 / nonmembers $265 Learn the tricks artists use to create the illusion of depth in their work by visiting the Museum galleries. Then head to the studio to create your own depth defying drawing. Focus will be on drawing techniques as we explore the limits of perspective using charcoal, pencil, pastel, and more.

Sunday Sermons

Sundays at 1:30pm Free with Museum admission Join us for provocative conversations and musical performances in a variety of galleries. See page 16 for individual dates and descriptions.

[remastered] Mini-Library

In May, the Museum hosted a conference that explored the future of libraries in the 21st century (learn more by visiting While there is a wealth of information housed in WAM’s Library, we are experimenting by bringing the resources of the Library into the [remastered] galleries with a selection of books that highlight art, literature and religion of the period for adults and children. Give it a try and let us know what you think! W O R C E S T E R A R T. O R G


Behind the Scenes

The Last Judgment tapestry will return to Belgium this Fall to be conserved

As excitement builds for the opening of Knights! in March 2014, Museum staff members steadily work behind the scenes to prepare some of our most treasured objects to return to view. Below, chief conservator Rita Albertson tells the story of The Last Judgment, the monumental tapestry which will join the Higgins display once the permanent arms and armor galleries are completed. Many in the Worcester community remember and may wonder what happened to The Last Judgment tapestry that was prominently featured in the Museum’s Renaissance Court for more than fifty years. In the 1920s and 30s, this spectacular early sixteenth century Flemish tapestry was exhibited widely in cities such as London, Chicago and San Francisco before it came to the Museum in 1935. Due to a new awareness of the fragility of tapestries with regard to long-term display, in 1990, Museum conservators recommended removing The Last Judgment from display until funds could be raised to achieve the conservation treatment that is essential for its preservation and proper display. Although the tapestry has benefitted from spending time in the safety of storage, it has been hidden from view for more than 20 years!

Through recent successful fundraising efforts and the generosity of the Brussels-based King Baudouin Foundation, René and Karin Jonckheere Fund, the tapestry will be restored in Belgium – the country where it was originally made more than 500 years ago. Conservation of ancient tapestries requires highly specialized knowledge and skills that are difficult to find in the United States. Therefore, Worcester’s masterpiece will be conserved by De Wit Royal Manufacturer of Tapestries, a Belgian firm that is at the forefront of tapestry conservation. Referring to The Last Judgment as a tapestry of the highest quality, Director Yvan Maes De Wit expressed humility and excitement when he accepted the project. Originally woven in Flanders, which today refers to the Flemish-speaking northern part of Belgium, the tapestry was part of an illustrious set representing the allegorical history of Christianity. There are few complete surviving tapestries depicting The Last Judgment, and the Worcester panel is among the best. Measuring 12 feet high and 26.5 feet wide, the tapestry will benefit greatly from stabilization, aqueous cleaning, loss compensation, a lining and a new hanging system. The treatment will begin in the fall and is expected to take six months or more to complete. Stay tuned for updates as the treatment progresses.

– Rita Albertson, Chief Conservator

In the asian galleries

New acquisition: A Screen for the New Year: Pine and Plum Blossoms December 4, 2013 – March 2014 Japanese Gallery

This rare seasonal screen, superbly represents the sophisticated elegance, energy and sumptuousness that appealed to both Japanese noblemen and feudal lords. Created in the early to mid-17th century to be displayed in a dimly lit room in a castle at New Year’s, the screen features two enduring New Year’s symbols set against a gold foil background: dark, hardy, evergreen pines, emblematic of long life, dignity and power, and the first flowers of the lunar calendar year, delicate white plum blossoms symbolic of new life.


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Looking West and Looking East: Landscape Prints by Yoshida Tōshi (1911-95) June 5, 2013 – November 2013

An installation in the Japanese Gallery honors and acknowledges a generous gift from Judith and Paul A. Falcigno of prints by the 20thcentury Japanese artist Yoshida Tōshi (1911-95). The selected works exemplify Tōshi’s successful development of the Yoshida family tradition of depicting landscapes. To appeal to Western collectors Tōshi depicted seasonal views of famous places in Japan as well as of celebrated sites in foreign countries, including the U.S., which the artist visited on his many trips. Tōshi’s later landscapes focus on the animals and places that inspired him the most (i.e., wild animals in Africa).

Chinese Personal Adornments September 4, 2013 – February 2014 Chinese Decorative Arts Gallery

In Chinese personal adornments the emphasis is on a language of symbolic motifs that conveys propitious and protective wishes for good fortune, long life, wealth, fertility, happiness and good health. In vogue as bridal gifts or as part of dowries during the later Qing dynasty (1644-1912), elaborate hair ornaments were made of silver alloys enhanced with gold leaf and embellished with semiprecious stones, glass beads, silk and kingfisher feathers. Iridescent blue kingfisher feathers were cut into small inlays and glued into tiny cells created by thin wires soldered to a metal backing. Also on view, two textile accessories—a child’s “tiger hat” and a man’s purse—show a similar emphasis on skilled craftsmanship and symbolic motifs.

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Asian Brush Painting Wednesdays Sep. 11 - Nov.13 / 6 - 9pm Sharon Smith Viles Create simple, impressionistic forms & explore modern & traditional subjects of Asian brush painting.

Japanese Art & Japan Today 11-13 Years Saturdays Sept14 - Nov.16 / 12:30 - 2:30pm Haruo Shiga Sukina iro wa nan desu ka? What is your favorite color? Look at and get inspired by the dramatic contrast of colors in Japanese prints in the galleries. Then, create your own.

New Year’s Screen: Pines and Plum Blossoms, detail, Kanō School, Edo period (1615–1868), early to mid17th century; 66 ¾" × 141"(169.5 cm × 358 cm); six-panel folding screen; mineral pigments, ink, and gold leaf on paper, 2012.97 W O R C E S T E R A R T. O R G


Works in Process: from Print to Proof

December 7, 2013 – April 5, 2014

Examining various printmaking techniques such as lithography, screenprinting, and woodcutting, this exhibition will underscore the often arduous process of creating graphic impressions. Sketches, proofs, and woodblocks, will hang alongside finished prints showcasing a print’s evolution from start to completion. Artworks span three centuries and two continents featuring artists including but not limited to Félix Bracquemond, Gustave Baumann, Francesco Bartolozzi, and Alfred Leslie.



Tour: Works in Process: from Print to Proof with Nancy Burns Thursday, December 19 / 6pm Take this tour of the exhibition Works in Process: from Print to Proof with Nancy Burns, curator of the exhibition and learn fascinating details about how printmakers create their prints.

Félix Bracquemond,The Bather, detail, about 1892, Color lithograph, Mrs. Kingsmill Marrs Collection, 1926.831

Winogrand’s Women Are Beautiful Through November 10, 2013

Hailed as a pioneer of the "snapshot aesthetic," Garry Winogrand used a wide-angle lens as his Leica M4 camera to produce spontaneous images emphasizing how everyday subjects, like people, dogs, or crowds, interact with the landscape around them. His work features oblique perspectives, often resulting in awkwardly composed photographs made by the stealthy eye of a private investigator. However, Winogrand is also routinely criticized for exploiting the subjects of his work. In particular, his 1975 publication Women are Beautiful features eighty-five photographs of young adult women, often composed to emphasize their breasts and backsides. Is the photographer simply exploiting the women in his photographs or does Winogrand's documentary style and inventive perspective offer something more than titillation?

Friend and fellow photographer Joel Meyerowitz, said of Winogrand, "[His] pictures are both a slam and an embrace. He's a contradiction, and so the pictures are contradictions." Featuring sixty-eight photographs from Women are Beautiful, this exhibition attempts to negotiate these contradictions to provoke a new and insightful engagement with Winogrand and his conception of "what women are."

Tour: Women Are Beautiful with Nancy Burns Thursday, September 19 / 6:45pm Nancy Burns, curator of the exhibition, will give a tour of the Garry Winogrand photography exhibition, Women Are Beautiful, examining and discussing his portrayal of women during the 60s and early 70s. Also, view a library exhibition of how women were portrayed by magazine advertising in the 60s and 70s.

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Photographic Composition Norman Eggert 1pm - 4 pm / Mondays, Sep. 9 - Nov. 11 Painting and Photography Elaine Smollin 6 - 9 pm / Thursdays, Sep. 12 - Nov. 14

Photo Composition-Beyond the Selfy / 14 - 17 years Jeffery Baker 5 - 8pm / Thursdays, Sep. 12 - Nov. 14

Learn how to take a better photograph with any camera, even a "smartphone". We will cover a few of the technical "rules" of proper exposure, but this class will concentrate on things you can use to make any image better with proper lighting and the 10 Rules of Great Composition

Gary Winogrand, Untitled (Centennial Ball, Metropolitan Museum, New York), 1969, gelatin silver print, Gift of the Schorr Family collection, 1991.269 Š The Estate of Garry Winogrand, courtesy of the Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco W O R C E S T E R A R T. O R G


Nancy Spero: Cri du Coeur Through October 13, 2013

During her six-decade career, Nancy Spero (1926-2009) employed a vast and consistent vocabulary of images collected from various histories and mythologies. Completed in 2005, Cri du Coeur (Cry of the Heart) is Spero’s last monumental work on paper. This work has been described as “a passionate cry against war, death, and destruction that is both political and personal, social and metaphysical.”

The recurring figures in Spero’s hand-printed frieze – a group of ancient Egyptian female mourners whose origins are a painted scene in the tomb of Ramose of Thebes (14th century BCE) – gesture in a universal body language of grief and supplication. Unlike their location in the tomb which is high on the wall, the frieze of mourning figures in Cri du Coeur is located at floor-level, as if to emphasize their connection in place and time with us. The emotive dimensions of the gallery are activated further by the vastness of the empty wall space – the very absence of imagery translated as an expression of loss on an architectural scale.

Cri du Coeur is intended to be experienced from right to left (in the manner Egyptian scripts are read). Through dramatic shifts in color, tone, and density, the relentless nature of the frieze and its legibility become increasingly complex and somber. Viewing necessitates walking slowly along the gallery walls, bending down in order to decipher details, accumulating episodic experiences into a semblance of the whole, and over time realizing we have become participants in this procession, each of us activating Spero’s continuum of loss and memory. Fully illustrated catalogue with essays by Susan L. Stoops and Lauren O’Neill Butler is available at the Museum Shop.

This exhibition is supported by the Don and Mary Melville Contemporary Art Fund. Cri du Coeur courtesy the Estate of Nancy Spero and Galerie Lelong, New York

Nancy Spero, Cri du Coeur, detail, 2005, hand-printing on paper mounted on polyester poplin, 25 x 1,925 inches. ©Estate of Nancy Spero. Licensed by VAGA, New York. Courtesy Galerie Lelong, New York


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Wall at WAM

Wall at WAM: These Days of Maiuma, 2013, inkjet, 17 x 67 feet. Courtesy of the artists. Photo credit: Stephen Briggs

Now on View: Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison The collaborative husband and wife team of Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison has been commissioned to create the 10th mural for the Museum's Wall at WAM series. Their staged photography involves performance, sculptural props, elaborate backdrops, and digital technology. Sepia-toned images from their critically acclaimed series, The Architect's Brother (1993-2005), raised questions about Earth's vulnerability, human responsibility, and destiny. Subsequent work has displayed an overt and expressive use of color, surrealistic imagery, and more open-ended narratives that explore the interconnectedness of nature, humans, and technology.

The Wall at WAM mural is installed on a second-story, 67-foot expanse situated in the most public of the Museum's galleries, a faux Renaissancestyle court, and overlooking a 6th-century Roman mosaic from Antioch. The ParkeHarrison's inkjet mural, These Days of Maiuma, with its iconography of the remains of a grand feast and its themes of contemporary wealth, decadence, and disregard for the environment, is intended to be a visual and conceptual counterpoint to the Worcester Hunt mosaic. The floor mosaic was once the site of many a feast by Antiochenes in an ancient city known for its lifestyle of sophistication, affluence, and excess. Both compositions, although separated in time by 15 centuries, are characterized by a complex embrace of the real and the imagined and afford us two compelling visualizations of humans' relations to their world, then and now. The ParkeHarrisons have developed their collaboration over the past 16 years and in 2000 publicly acknowledged co-authorship of their images. A traveling exhibition of The Architect's Brother toured from 2002-2008 to sites in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Recent solo museum exhibitions included the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City and the Gallery of Photography, Dublin. Their work is in numerous private and public collections. They are represented by Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago.

This project is supported by the Don and Mary Melville Contemporary Art Fund. Additional generous support provided by David and Marlene Persky and an anonymous donor.

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Orantes: Ancient Statues from South Italy Through December 1, 2013

Orantes are terracotta statues from the 3rd century BCE that were discovered in ancient underground tombs in Canosa, located in south-eastern Italy. These half-lifesized female figures, with arms and hands raised in gestures of praying or mourning (their name derives from the Latin verb orare, meaning “to pray”), surrounded the deceased. Today, fewer than 50 orantes survive in museums around the world. The two orantes in the Museum’s collection, which have recently undergone extensive technical study and conservation treatment, have a fascinating history.

When they first came as a pair to Worcester in 1927, one was severely damaged in transit. Shortly thereafter, the intact figure was sold while the broken one remained in storage. Nearly seven decades later, the rediscovery of the broken statue in storage coincided with a serendipitous opportunity to purchase its long-lost mate, which by then had traveled half-way around the world. After more than 80 years, these reunited orantes, joined by a third one on loan, will be displayed together for the first time in Orantes: Ancient Statues from South Italy, in the Jeppson Idea Lab.


Poets in the Galleries

Thursday, November 21, 6:30 Museum Café / Jeppson Idea Lab Free with Museum admission

Poetry returns to the Museum. Join two esteemed Worcester poets, Heather Tressler, Assistant professor of English at Worcester State University and Jim Cocola, Assistant Professor of Literature, Film, and Media in the Department of Humanities and Arts at WPI as they read ekphrastic poetry inspired by the Orantes: Ancient Statues from South Italy currently on display in the Jeppson Idea Lab. Mark G. Wagner, PhD from WSU---- and WAM Objects Conservator Paula Artal-Isbrand will introduce the evening program. This event is open to the public.

This event is a joint venture of WAM, the Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement at Worcester State University and the Worcester Country Poetry Association.


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What is the Idea Lab?

An exciting collection initiative that is being launched this season is the Jeppson Idea Lab, taking place in the Jeppson gallery located on the 3rd level and dedicated to highlighting single objects (or small groups of objects) from the permanent collection. Rather than presenting a formal thesis, which is more often the case for exhibitions, the Idea Lab will be a public forum for sharing questions and ongoing research about objects that may lead to future exhibitions, reattributions, or publications.

iPAD Technology in the Galleries Museum visitors have a whole new way of experiencing our Orantes: Ancient Statues from South Italy exhibition now on view in the Jeppson Idea Lab.

Worcester State University Computer Science Professor Karl Wurst and a team of 15 seniors in his Software Development Process capstone course teamed up with WAM staff members Paula Artal-Isbrand, Objects Conservator, and Tim Furman, Web Designer, to create an interactive iPAD application for the exhibition. This was an amazing experience for all involved, as students gained professional real-world experience, and the Museum gained a well-designed, state of the art product. Visitors are now able to explore the story of the orantes and enhance their visit by accessing in depth and multi-generational knowledge on the iPAD. For instance, children can interact by coloring or completing a puzzle of the orantes via the iPAD, while adults can dig deep into the history, the conservation of the statues and the story behind the exhibition. W O R C E S T E R A R T. O R G


SUNDAY Chapter House / sundays / 1:30pm Free with museum admission /

date SEP 29 OCT 6 OCT 13 OCT 20 OCT 27 NOV 3 NOV 10 NOV 17 DEC 1 DEC 8

Join us for this exciting program featuring provocative conversations. These inspiring speakers will highlight diverse and engaging topics that will leave you feeling challenged and creatively fed.

speaker topic Matthias Waschek, Director, Worcester Art Museum Venus Disarming Cupid Michelle Poirier, Head Coach, with WSU Dance Team, Wired Worcester State University Anh Vu Sawyer, Executive Director, Southeast Asian Coalition Freedom Rabbi Yakov Blotner, Shaarei Torah West Congregation Dispensing Charity: How & Why Reverend Kazimierz Bem, First Church of Marlborough Being Happy Puritan Jim Welu, Director Emeritus, Worcester Art Museum Art Market Cliff Schorer, Board President, Worcester Art Museum The Betrayal of Christ Erin Williams, Cultural Development Officer, Creative City Making Worcester Cultural Coalition Alloy Orchestra, Cambridge Musical Ensemble Compositions for Veronese & Caravaggio Michelle Putnam, Professor, Simmons College Continual Enlightenment: The Vision of Saint Jerome & Age

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WAM Talks / wednesdays + thursdays / noon Free with museum admission / Join us for talks and conversations on wide-ranging topics from art to spiritual reflections. Offered in various galleries in conjunction with the [remastered] exhibition. WEDNESDAYS

OCT 9 OCT 16 OCT 23 OCT 30 NOV 6 NOV 13 NOV 20 DEC 11

Monsignor Stephen Pedone, The Diocese of Worcester Professor Kristina Wilson, Clark University Reverend Melissa Myozen Blacker, Boundless Way Zen Chaplain Andrew McCarthy, Anna Maria College Rabbi Mendel Fogelma, Chabad Lubavitch of Worcester Co-Captain Mayra Fonseca, Salvation Army Abbott David Dae An Rynik, Boundless Way Zen Ihab Dabbagh, Islamic Society of Greater Worcester

Reflection Overwhelmed! Paintings Floor to Ceiling Joy within Suffering Saint Francis Ceremonies in Art Reflection Abstraction Misconceptions about Islam

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Lady T, Charmed in New England Birgit Strähle, Assistant Conservator, WAM Nancy Burns, Assistant Curator of PDP, WAM Professor Virginia Raguin, College of the Holy Cross Paula Artal-Isbrand, Objects Conservator, WAM Father Marc Tumeinski, Worcester State University Pastor Joseph Shea, Worcester State University Louise Virgin, Curator of Asian Art, WAM Leader Eugenio Marcano, Bahá'í Faith of Worcester

Reflection Follow us on The Vision of Saint Jerome Are Winogrand’s Women Beautiful? Faith, Image & Devotion in the Counter Revolution Orantes: Ancient Statues from South Italy Call and Response: The Calling of Saint Matthew Spiritual Walk A Screen for the New Year: Pines and Plum Blossoms A Bahá'í Perspective of the Arts


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Mark your Calendars for these upcoming programs and visit for up-to-date event listings! Senior September at WAM

The Museum is celebrating our senior visitors each Wednesday in September with free admission! Senior September Wednesdays feature 11:30am tours and the opportunity to participate in WAM’s popular Drawing Club from 1-3pm. As an added bonus, everything in the Museum Shop will be 10% on Wednesdays, just for seniors! Sponsored by Tufts Health Plan Medicare Preferred.

Open House for Educators

Wednesday, September 25, 4 - 6pm We invite K - 12 teachers, home school families, college/university professors and administrators to spend an afternoon at WAM. Learn about our educational resources including tours, gallery/studio workshops, professional development opportunities, the museum library, public programs, special exhibitions and classes. Enjoy complimentary wine + cheese + crackers, museum giveaways, and participate in tours and hands-on learning. Please RSVP by September 18 to Jesse Rives at 508.793.4335 or

Worcester Warm-up

Sunday, November 10, 11am - 2:30pm Free with Museum admission Join us for a fun-filled day of autumn merrymaking for all audiences, including gallery tours, music, performers, art activities and hot chocolate! Sponsored by Unum.

Holidays at Worcester Art Museum

November 29 - December 31, 2013 The Worcester Art Museum evokes the spirit of the season during this special time of year. Join us for this Worcester holiday tradition and enjoy festive live concerts, special seasonal children’s programming, and decorations inside and outside the Museum. Sponsored by National Grid.

One-Stop Holiday Shopping at The Museum Shop Members receive 20% off ALL purchases December 1 - 24. Voted “Best Gift Shop” by Worcester Living Fall 2013

There is no better place to do your holiday shopping then at the Museum. The Shop offers unique and affordable gifts for everyone on your list. And best of all, all purchases help support the Museum! In addition to great swag at the Shop, WAM also offers gift memberships and classes – stop by the membership office and/or the education desk or visit us online at For your convenience, the Shop is open 7 days a week December 1 - 24.

The Museum Shop Holiday Hours: Monday-Sunday, 11am - 5pm Saturdays, 10am - 5pm Thursday, December 19, 11am - 8pm

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FREE admission to all Worcester Consortium College/University students with valid college ID every Wednesday at WAM. Students, swipe your WOOcard for loyalty points too. Visit the Library, tour the galleries, hang out at SIP, or come to a WAM talk at noon or Drawing Club from 1-3pm— we provide the supplies!



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Free with Museum admission

Audio Tours Available at the Visitor Services Desks at the Lancaster and Salisbury Street Entrances. Now offered in English and Spanish! A self-guided audio tour of some of the Museum’s greatest treasures is available for rent (free for Members).

Make Art! Saturdays, 11-11:30am Stay after your family tour, or drop-in for this fun intergenerational time in the galleries. Get inspired by our art and try making something uniquely yours. Materials will be provided. Come recover your childlike sense of free spirited play! Free with Museum admission. Family Tours Saturdays, 10:30am Explore the museum galleries with your family on a docent-guided discovery tour. Hear fun facts, stories and enjoy sharing observations and time together. Tours last approximately 30 minutes. Free for children 17 and under; free for adults with museum admission; Admission free for the first Saturday of each month between 10am-noon.

Tours of the Month One Wednesday and Saturday each month, 2pm Each month, a Museum Docent picks a topic of special interest and creates a tour through the Museum based upon that subject matter. This is an opportunity for visitors to glean a more in depth knowledge about the collection. Don't miss out! Free with Museum admission. Greek Pottery: The Beauty of the Practical / September 18 and 21 / 2pm What is Color? / October 16 & 19 / 2pm Music in Art / November 20 & 23 / 2pm Winter at WAM / December 18 & 21 / 2pm

Sunday Tour

Sundays, 1-2pm

Join one of our talented Museum docents for an overview of the Museum collection. Free with Museum admission.

Zip Tours Saturdays, noon Zip tours are fast paced views of one artist or work of art, and last only 20 minutes. Free with Museum admission; Admission free for the first Saturday of each month between 10am–noon.

ARTZ Tour Artists for Alzheimer’s™ (ARTZ) is an initiative of the Hearthstone Alzheimer’s Foundation, founded in 2001, with the purpose of enhancing the cultural and creative life of people living with Alzheimer’s disease. With its beginnings in Boston, ARTZ has developed Alzheimer’s-specific cultural access programs with some of the world’s most renowned and respected cultural institutions throughout the United States, in Europe and Australia. The ARTZ Museum Network Program, funded with support from the McCance Family Foundation, is a network of Massachusetts-area museums that cooperate to host group tours led by ARTZ trained guides for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. In 2013, the Worcester Art Museum joined the program as a Museum Host and became the only central Massachusetts site currently in partnership with ARTZ. This year a total of four specialized programs will be held at the Museum with hopes to expand the program in the future. To sign up for this program, see upcoming dates, or for more information, please contact


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WAM One-Day Artist Residencies Inspired by the Worcester Art Museum collection, each artist creates a work-of-art-in-a-day in the museum’s galleries. All work is shared by the museum on our Flickr and Facebook sites.

Drawing Club Wednesdays, 1-3pm Want an opportunity to draw in the WAM galleries? Need help getting started? Drop-in every Wednesday from 1–3pm and draw in a different gallery each week. Discover our art and make it your own. Supplies will be provided, or bring your own. All ages welcome. (Gallery location rotates: check with the visitor services desk upon arrival). Free with Museum admission.

Nude Drawing in the Gallery Thursdays, 2-5 (begins September 26) The nude takes center stage among masterpieces of the Baroque era. With expert instructor guidance, work from the live model and try your hand drawing from other figures in paintings in the exhibition [remastered]. Free with Museum admission.

Third Thursday Book Club/Tour The Museum Library hosts a book club every Third Thursday this fall to discuss a book with an art-related theme. The discussion begins at 6pm in the reading room of the library. Please come prepared with your own copy of the book and read the story before the meetings. Participants can stay for a related public gallery tour after certain programs. Drop in for the book club and/or the tour. Free with Museum admission

Thursday, September 19 6pm: Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg 6:45pm: Nancy Burns, Curatorial Assistant, will give a tour of the Garry Winogrand photography exhibition, Women Are Beautiful, examining and discussing his portrayal of women during the sixties. Also, view a library exhibition of how women were portrayed by magazine advertising in the 60s and 70s.

Thursday, October 17 6pm: Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane by Andrew Graham-Dixon 7pm: Join Birgit Straehle, Conservator, in the exhibition [remastered] to learn the fascinating stories behind the painting, The Vision of St. Jerome by a follower of Caravaggio.

Thursday, November 21 6pm The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro Our speaker will be B. A. Shapiro, the author of this New York Times best selling literary thriller. Meditation Fridays, noon (begins September 27) Back by popular demand, join us in guided meditation in the galleries. Drop-ins welcome; stay for a little while, or stay for the whole hour. Bring a sitting cushion! All ages welcome. (Offered in conjunction with [remastered], gallery location rotates. Check with the visitor services desk upon arrival). Free with Museum Admission. Story Time Fridays, 11am Nothing is as much fun as listening to a story. Come to the Worcester Art Museum to hear your favorites. Adults welcome too! Free with Museum Admission. Sunday Sermons Sundays, 1:30-2:15pm (see schedule on page 16) Join us for provocative conversations and musical performances in a variety of galleries, many inspired by [remastered], the reinstallation of our Baroque galleries. Free with Museum Admission. WAM Talks Wednesdays & Thursdays, noon (see schedule on page 16) Join us for talks and conversations on wideranging topics from art to spiritual reflections. Offered in various galleries in conjunction with the [remastered] exhibition. Round out your visit with lunch in the Museum café. W O R C E S T E R A R T. O R G


The Salisbury Society was founded in 1982 and

honors individual members giving at the highest levels. Last year, Salisbury Members gave over $400,000 of unrestricted support that benefited all areas of the Museum.

Join us for these upcoming events for Salisbury Society Members:

Thursday, September 19th ~ Sneak Preview and Presentation on the fall exhibit, [remastered].

Friday, October 25th Panel Symposium/Orantes: Ancient Statues from South Italy and the new Jeppson Idea Lab. Panelists will include renowned experts in conservation and the ancient study of tombs.

For more information about Salisbury Society programming, including Lecture Series events and Easel Talks by the Director, Matthias Waschek, contact Nancy Jeppson at or 508.793.4325.

Lisa Bernat and Chris Collins have teamed up this year to chair the Lisa Bernat and Chris Collins Salisbury Society ComPhoto: Norm Eggert mittee whose charge is to expand membership, invigorate the program and raise more revenue for the Museum. Salisbury Society members are a group of dedicated individuals whose close relationship and commitment fuels this great Museum.



Lisa Bernat has led the Salisbury Committee over the past 10 years, serving as co-chair for six years with Warner Fletcher and David Woodbury and then as sole Chair for the past four years. Lisa's association with the Museum started very early with her grandparents, who were collectors of 17th-century Dutch and Flemish paintings and Chinese ceramics. Her mother joined in the family's dedication to WAM, serving as a Corporator and enthusiastic supporter. Lisa has continued the family tradition as a Trustee on the Board for nine years and her service shepherding the Salisbury

Society for a decade. Lisa runs Bernat by Design, an interior design business.

Chris Collins brings a wealth of experience to his new role with the Salisbury Committee: ten years as a Corporator, nine years as a Trustee and four years as President of the Board of Trustees. Like Lisa, Chris was also introduced to the Museum at an early age. He became involved while studying at the College of the Holy Cross and from there he was smitten. As Senior VP and Deputy General Counsel at Unum, he was also instrumental in the generous donation of Unum's collection of their Paul Revere silver to WAM, making the Museum's holding of Paul Revere silver the second largest in the world. As a committed community partner, Unum has sponsored various exhibitions and programs, including Family Day, Art All-State, and Flora in Winter.

We thank Lisa and Chris for their efforts to inspire others to become part of the Salisbury Society, a dynamic philanthropic community that guides the Museum and ensures its future.

“There are many riches that come from being a full participant in the Worcester community. Perhaps one of the most rewarding is both supporting and becoming involved in the Worcester Art Museum. At WAM you can find inspiration of the heart, soul and mind. The museum reflects the strength of Worcester’s past and the possibility for its future. If you are interested in investing in community WAM will –Chris Collins, Salisbury Society Committee Co-Chair never disappoint." Salisbury Society Committee Lisa M. Bernat, Co-Chair J. Christopher Collins, Co-Chair

Richard L. Bishop Karin I. Branscombe Dawn R. Budd James C. Donnelly, Jr. Mary F. Fletcher Lisa Kirby Gibbs Gabriele M. Goszcz Margaret P. Hunter Carol Lazarus Lisa H. McDonough Moira Moynihan-Manoog Katharine M. Michie Deborah Penta Katy K. Sullivan Lynne M. Tonna Kristin B. Waters

Salisbury Society Members Thank You for helping to create a vibrant present and a sound future for the Museum and our community!

Chairman’s Circle ($25,000+) Clifford J. Schorer

President’s Circle ($10,000 - $24,999) Catherine M. Colinvaux and Phillip D. Zamore Jeanne Y. Curtis* Mary and Warner Fletcher Lisa Kirby Gibbs and Peter Gibbs Mr. and Mrs. B. Anthony King Mr. and Mrs. Theodore E. Shasta

Director’s Circle ($5,000 - $9,999) Herb and Maura Alexander Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Bafaro, Jr. Jack and Susan Bassick Lisa M. Bernat and Abram Rosenfeld Karin Branscombe Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Caforio Mr. and Mrs. J. Christopher Collins Mr. and Mrs. David F. Dalton Maria and John Dirlam Dr. Gabriele Goszcz and Douglas Crawford John* and Marianne Jeppson Joan Peterson Klimann C. Jean and Myles* McDonough Don and Mary Melville Nydia and Charles Moser Mr.* and Mrs. William O. Pettit, Jr. Michael and Carol Sleeper

Patron ($2,500 – $4,999) Dr. Julia D. Andrieni and Dr. Robert A. Phillips Marie and Mike Angelini Allen and Sarah Berry Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. N. de Végvár Mr. and Mrs. James C. Donnelly, Jr. Antonella and Roger Doucette Allen W. Fletcher Roberta Goldman Drs. Ivan and Noreen Green

Stephen and Valerie Loring Moira and Charlie Manoog Mr. and Mrs. Henry T. Michie Barrett and Mahroo Morgan Martha R. and Arthur M. Pappas, M.D. Marlene and David Persky Drs. Phyllis Pollack and Peter Metz John and Ellen Savickas

Member ($1,250 – $2,499) Mr. and Mrs. James H. Barnhill Dr. and Mrs. Frederick L. Bayon Elaine W. Beals Whitney Beals and Pamela Esty Lisa and Rod Beittel Ellen Berezin and Lewis Shepard Edward Berman and Kathleen M. McDonough Barbara and George Bernardin Eleanor C. Bernat Richard and Sande Bishop Randolph and Edla Ann Bloom Bollus Lynch, LLP A. Shepard Boote and Heath Drury Boote Karl L. Briel Frederick Brose and Janice Seymour Ann Brown and Dominic Nompleggi Mr. and Mrs. H. Paul Buckingham III Dawn and John Budd Douglas P. Butler George and Tammy Butler Thomas W. Caldwell William R. Carrick Robert and Nancy Charles Henry J. and Elaine M.* Ciborowski Alexandra Cleworth and Gary Staab Christos and Mary T. Cocaine Paula H. Connolly Mary Cotter-Lemoine and David Lemoine Mrs. Fairman C. Cowan* Tracy A. Craig and Dr. James J. Convery Chris and Betsy Crowley Mary S. Cushman Dix and Sarah Davis Howard G. Davis III Phil and Laurel Davis Richard and Margery Dearborn Marjorie M. Deitz* Henry B. and Jane K. Dewey David DiPasquale and Candace Okuno Tom and Joan Dolan Dr. and Mrs. John A. Duggan Michael E. Eramo and Helen S. Carey* Cathleen Esleeck Birgit Faber-Morse Paul and Judith Falcigno Barbara E. Fargo Andrew and Robin Feldman Marianne E. Felice, M.D. and John M. Giles III Yda and Allen Filiberti Mrs. John E. Flagg Patricia A. Fletcher Susan and Jay Foley

Mr. and Mrs. Richard I. Freedman Kathleen H. Gadbois Dr. Wayne and Laura Glazier Maureen L. Glowik John and Geri Graham Maureen and Bob Gray Joel P. Greene and Ann T. Lisi David R. and Rosalie A. Grenon Dr. Thomas and Mrs. Patricia Halpin Barry and Chris Hanshaw Amy Harmon and Robert Stefanic Patricia J. Harmon and David Tongel Dr. N. Alan Harris and Dr. Diane Lebel Drs. Lynn and Lura Harrison Mr. and Mrs. James N. Heald 2nd George Hecker Frank Herron and Sandy Urie Jock Herron and Julia Moore Prentiss and Polly Higgins James E. Hogan III Dr. and Mrs. James E. Hogan Margaret Hunter Mrs. Louis C. Iandoli Prof. Louis J. Iandoli Frances and Howard Jacobson Mrs. Tay Ann Jay Jesuit Community at Holy Cross and Thomas Worcester Rachel Kaminsky John F. and Rayna Keenan Margaret Keith Maureen and William Kelleher Dr. Jean King and Dr. Carl Fulwiler David and Barbara Krashes Tracy and Morey Kraus Saundra B. Lane Mr. and Mrs. Warren C. Lane, Jr. Tristan and Susanne Laurion Dr. and Mrs. Frank Lazarus Rafael Lazo Claude M. Lee III Mr. and Mrs. Joseph P. Lotuff David Lucht and Susannah Baker Ingrid Jeppson Mach and Dany Pelletier Robert and Minh Mailloux Tom and Nadine Manning Mr. and Mrs.* Christian McCarthy Neil and Lisa McDonough J. William Mees Dr. and Mrs. Glenn A. Meltzer Katie and Louis Messina Thomas S. Michie Mrs. David J. Milliken* Dr. Satya and Mrs. Supriya Mitra Mr. and Mrs. Andres Jaime Molina Mr.* and Mrs. Paul S. Morgan Mr. and Mrs. Peter S. Morgan Philip and Gale Morgan James and Patricia Moynihan Frederic and Victoria Mulligan Robert and Charlene Nemeth Mary and Joseph Oakley Edward Osowski Dr. James S. Pease and Dr. Janice C. Hitzhusen Deborah Penta John and Patricia Peterson

Mr. and Mrs. N. William Pioppi Stephen and Cynthia Pitcher The Plourde Family Charitable Trust Candace and Richard Race George C. Rand, Jr. Arthur and Debra Remillard Luanne Remillard Martin S. Richman and Joanne R. DeMoura Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Robbins Mr. and Mrs. Henry B. Rose Peter and Anne Schneider Carol L. Seager Tro R. Seibels Richard Sergel and Susan Baggett Jeanice Sherman and Dwight Johnson Robert M. and Shirley S. Siff Vivian B. Sigel Dr. Jang and Carol Singh John J. and Kristina M. Spillane Mark Spuria Mr. and Mrs. John C. Stimpson Peter and Katy Sullivan Mr.* and Mrs.* William F. Sullivan Anne C. Tardanico George and Sheila Tetler Sumner B. and Martha S. Tilton Lee and Owen Todd George and Lynne Tonna Herb and Jean Varnum Mark G. Wagner and Monica Elefterion Matthias Waschek and Steve Taviner Kristin Waters Roger and Elise Wellington James A. Welu Mark and Barb Wetzel Barbara Wheaton Peter and Shirley Williams Joanne and Douglas Wise Emily and Kenneth* Wolf Susan and David Woodbury John Worcester Dr. Edward C. Yasuna *Deceased

For more information or to join the Salisbury Society, please contact Nancy Jeppson at / 508.793.4325. List as of August 15, 2013

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Worcester State University and Worcester Art Museum align strengths for the beneďŹ t of Worcester


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Barry Maloney, President of Worcester State University and Matthias Waschek, Director of the Museum have a common aspiration—align the University and the Museum to share resources to invigorate the community. “In order for WSU to attract top talent and provide the best possible education for our students, Worcester has to be a destination city with a strong and vibrant arts community,” says Barry. “Our city is making huge strides towards this goal, and our partnership with the Museum can only help to move forward.” Matthias envisions “creating opportunities for connections with art as an all-encompassing principle. We want to take an interdisciplinary approach, not just in the expected fields of studio and art history. You do not have to be an art scholar to benefit from visiting a museum.” He continues, “This is a pilot project for us to become a shared university art museum down the road. Together, WSU and WAM are developing a template that the other colleges and universities in the area can use and grow.” While this may seem like a heady goal, the Museum and WSU have already made progress in making this ambition a reality.

Last year, Barry appointed Kristin Waters, Professor of Philosophy and WAM Corporator, to the new position of Presidential Fellow for Arts, Education, and Community. “Every good idea needs someone to take it and run with it,” says Barry. “This initiative struck a chord with Kristin, who, like many of her colleagues already incorporates art and the Museum in her teachings. It was the right time to formalize the program, and Matthias and I have been on the same page since the beginning.” Kristin adds that “the purpose of this position is to help generate and guide pilot projects, serve as a liaison to the Museum, and travel to various universities and museums to learn about best practices in university/museum partnerships.” She continues, “Things are really beginning to take shape. The faculty is eager and excited to work with the Museum. At each stage of the process, people want to work together. The wind is behind us.”

Under the direction of Kristin and Adam Rozan in the newly formed Audience Engagement Division, WAM and WSU have already undertaken a variety of pilot projects including an audience evaluation for the [remastered] galleries, utilizing student docents (which you can read more about in the next issue of Access), creating an iPAD application for visitor use in the Jeppson Idea Lab (read more about this project on p. 15), developing interdisciplinary arts seminars, and staging a wearable art fashion show. In addition, the Alternatives for Individual Development (AID) program has hosted lectures and tours in the galleries, and the Community and Leadership Experience (CLEWS) initiated a gallery writing project. Upcoming endeavors include partnerships with the departments of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Visual and Performing Arts, Psychology, Criminal Justice, Philosophy, Global Studies, Urban Studies, and the Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement.

“Nothing can happen overnight,” says Adam. “This is an initiative that will grow year by year. Project by project, we are evaluating effectiveness to ensure sustainability for both institutions. This is an amazing opportunity for the Museum and we are excited to be on board.”

“Very few cities of our size have a Museum with the breath of artwork and educational opportunities that the Worcester Art Museum provides,” says Barry. “I don’t need to create a university art museum at WSU—we already have one down the street at WAM. It makes complete sense for the University to join forces with the Museum. The opportunities are endless.” Matthias adds, “The post-manufacturing currency in Worcester is creativity. Together, WSU and the Museum are increasing that currency exponentially.”

To learn more about Worcester State University, visit, and stay tuned for updates as this exciting partnership progresses.

Image: Mathias Waschek, Adam Rozan, Kristin Waters and Barry Maloney discuss the [remastered] gallery during installation.

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Business Partner Program

The Business Partner program is a great way to promote your business, grow your business network and support WAM at the same time! Benefits include free admission for employees, discounts at the Shop and Café and facility rentals, invitations to exclusive events, and visibility through WAM’s website and social media outlets. See a complete listing of all WAM Business Partners on page 39 of this issue of access. Your investment not only promotes your business, but directly impacts the community you serve.

Business Partner Spotlight

“Through our involvement with the Business Partner program over the past several years, Saint-Gobain is able to support the Worcester Art Museum in bringing first-class exhibits, programs and events to promote the arts for our community while affording our employees an opportunity to experience and visit the museum.” Bradley H. Johnson, vice president, Saint-Gobain Abrasives North America, Bonded Abrasives Worldwide. Saint-Gobain is the world’s largest building materials company with more than 265 locations in North America and approximately 1,400 employees in the Worcester area. In 1990, Saint-Gobain purchased Norton Company but retained the Norton name as the leading brand of abrasive products throughout the world. The Jeppson Gallery on the third floor of the Worcester Art Museum is named in honor of one of Norton Company’s founding fathers, John Jeppson.


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Joseph J. Bafaro, Jr, Susan Foley and John Savickas, Chair of the Business Partner Committee. Peter Gibbs and fellow Business Partners on a “behind-the-scenes” tour and presentation by Matthias Waschek. PICTURED BELOW LEFT: Bob Kamen and Trudi Veldman socialize with Jere Shea, Director of Development. All photos: Norm Eggert PICTURED ABOVE LEFT:

Business Partners Social

Business Partner members enjoyed a great evening on May 16, 2013 that included a Behind-the-Scenes tour and presentation by the Director, complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and an opportunity to network with other community leaders.

To become a Business Partner or for more information, visit our website or contact / 508-793-4326.

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Moving the Museum Forward

Q & A with Tracy Caforio, Deputy Director and COO

Shortly after taking office in November 2011, Matthias Waschek appointed Tracy Caforio to her current position. Tracy brings a broad range of experiences to the table, both in the for-profit and non-profit worlds with experience as head of human resources and in financial management as a CPA. Both skill-sets helped to guide recent institutional changes, and will continue to serve the Museum as the institution strives to become more visitor-focused and reach financial sustainability. Q: What does a Deputy Director and COO do? Tracy: One of my primary responsibilities is to ensure institutional alignment with mission, vision, strategy, structure, processes, and culture. This is a very broad answer but it represents all the areas where we are currently focused. My responsibilities also include leading internal operations such as, finances, security, the building, operational planning, performance management and evaluating progress against goals. I also help to implement the strategic planning process and then work with staff to ensure that we stick to the plan and the budget that represents it.

Q: Looking at the bottom line, how are we doing? Tracy: There are five primary metrics, among others, that I look at closely with the leadership team to assess how we are doing; attendance, cost per visitor, earned revenue, income from gifts and grants, and of course we are always attentive to the value of our investment portfolio. Attendance to the galleries and the Museum campus is on the rise. Year over year, as of June we have seen a 35% increase in visitation to the galleries from 2012 to 2013. Even more telling is when we compare 2011 attendance numbers to 2013—attendance to the

Tracy Caforio in the American Decorative Arts gallery with John Singer Sargent’s Venetian W


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galleries has increased 60%. Gallery visitation is a key figure to track because while all activities that happen on the Museum campus are important, their purpose is to enhance and support what is on view inside the galleries. Our cost per visitor will continue to decrease, as it did from 2011 to 2012, as long as our visitation and revenue increase and we improve efficiencies. We are also undertaking a philanthropic “jumpstart.” Through targeted asks and streamlined projects, our income from gifts and grants is growing exponentially—through generous support received from our community, individuals and foundations, that understand where we are headed and why now is the time to invest in the Museum. Once we begin the implementation of our strategic plan, these numbers will continue to improve because each division will have clearly defined goals that align with the vision, metrics for measuring success and accountability.

Q: How do we measure relevance? Tracy: Institutional relevance can be defined in many ways; relevance boils down to whether or not people care about your institution. Do people visit? Do they support you financially? Do your programs have impact? Will the institution be around for generations to come? In order to increase our relevance we have to be accessible to the public, have visitors in the galleries, and be financially sustainable. All three of these benchmarks are achievable and are happening. We will continue to improve using the strategic plan as our roadmap. Matthias, the other members of the leadership team and I are extremely proud of how the staff and board have been able to achieve so much during this time of tremendous change. It’s an exciting time to work at the Museum and I am thrilled to be a member of the staff making it happen.

Q: What is special about the Worcester Art Museum? Why do you choose to work here? Tracy: I think the staff is what sets the Museum apart from other workplaces. I am honored to work here and with this amazing group of people. Q: Do you have a favorite artwork in the Museum? Tracy: It is difficult to pick just one! While there are many works that I am drawn to in the collection, I particularly enjoy John Singer Sargent’s Venetian Water Carriers. I try to visit the galleries regularly, and am always amazed how with every trip I find something new that I really like. Q: Looking ahead, what do you think are some of the exciting changes that WAM visitors should be excited about too? Tracy: I see the integration of the Higgins Armory collection as a turning point that is going to help shape the future of WAM. Museum staff from across all divisions have really pulled together to create not only an exciting exhibition, but also an amazing visitor experience. The public is not going to be disappointed, especially families with kids, like mine! WAM’s leadership team includes Matthias Waschek, Director; Tracy Caforio, Deputy Director and COO; Jere Shea, Director of Development; Adam Rozan, Director of Audience Engagement; and interim Head of Curatorial and Curator of Contemporary Art, Susan Stoops.

Water Carriers, oil on canvas, Museum purchase, 1911.30.

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Work in progress with WHY Architecture

WAM is moving forward on so many fronts: for our Museum to welcome 200,000 visitors, as stipulated in our 2020 Vision Statement, we must

rethink our campus. It is not only the regular upgrading of facilities we are talking about but strategic moves. WHY Architecture has been

commissioned to help the Museum in that endeavor. This architectural

firm has an impressive range of projects that illustrate a strong focus on creativity and functionality. Visit their website at www.why-architecture.


Kulapat Yantrasast, one of the two principals of the firm calls it: acupuncture/activation to characterize their approach at WAM. In that spirit, the Museum is currently formulating a program of universal access. We define access on four levels: physical access, visual

Partial funding for this project is provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council Cultural Facilities Fund.

access, universal access and intellectual access. As much as the latter is supported by our curatorial and audience engagement teams, the former three require the help of

seasoned architects. We begin with a pilot project dedicated to a universal access ramp on Salisbury Street. This ramp provides access beyond simple ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliance. This “bridge� is designed to send a strong signal to our community: welcome. You will hear more very soon. Stay tuned.

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The Museum is pleased to welcome Kristen Baker as the new Membership Manager. Kristen oversees all aspects of the Museum’s individual, household and institutional memberships and the pass program for regional libraries and nonprofits. Since her arrival, Kristen has been working closely with her colleagues and the Members Council to create a visitor-centric membership program. You can learn more about Kristen’s new and innovative initiatives in the next issue of access. Kristen brings great experience in membership management from the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield and the Citi Performing Arts Center in Boston. She holds a Master of Science degree in Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy from Bay Path College. She lives with her young son in Lenox, Massachusetts.


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New Members, Julia and Steven Rothschild

New members reception

Over 60 new members enjoyed a lovely reception in the Stoddard Garden Courtyard on June 20, 2013. Participants met with staff and were introduced to the Museum’s 51 centuries of art through docent-led tours.

Free Summer and membership

A big thank you goes out to our Members’ at the Worcester Art Museum for their year-round support that allowed us to offer free admission for the months of July and August. We hope our members enjoyed the special activities we had in place for them this past summer, and can’t wait for what Free Summer 2014 has in store for us. A big thank you to The Dogfather and Wooberry for joining-us in celebrating our Members’. As well as our own, Museum Shop for generously allowing our members’ to enjoy 20% for July and August. Membership really is the key to FREE all year long! W O R C E S T E R A R T. O R G





WAM Knows How to Hustle

This past spring, scenes for American Hustle were filmed at the Museum as well as other sites throughout Worcester. Directed by David O. Russell, American Hustle opens nationwide December 25 and stars Christian Bale , Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Jennifer Lawrence. Pictured here are Bradley Cooper and Christian Bale in the European galleries. Photo by Francois Duhamel – Š 2013 Annapurna Productions LLC All Rights Reserved.



S E E R Who is the face of WAM’s FREE SUMMER? Worcester’s own Thompson family, including dad Troy, mom Tamisha, and 4 year-old daughter Naomi, graciously agreed to be the “face” of WAM’s FREE SUMMER. When asked why they decided to participate, Troy said, “… we thought it would be fun. But also, we like the Museum and its reputation. Even though Tamisha doesn't like having her photo taken, we felt it was a positive message and good cause, especially as a multiracial family.” Troy continues, “I have a long history of working with the Museum, visiting the Museum, and I even taught there a long time ago. It's always been a great place to take visiting family and friends and now that Naomi is interested in museums I'm looking forward to taking her there more often.” Tamisha is the Math Liaison (curriculum coordinator) for the Worcester Public Schools. Troy owns both Troy B. Thompson Photography and Daedal Creations web design. Currently, Troy is working on his community-based photography project, the No Evil Project (, and is a corporator at the Greater Worcester Community Foundation. Naomi will be entering preschool in the fall.


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Free Summer was made possible by a grant from The Kirby Foundation, with additional support from Fallon Community Health Plan, National Grid and United Bank.

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