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Don’t Miss: 15th Annual ArtsWorcester Biennial Exhibition

Saturday, April 06, 2013


Chelsea LeBeau Hueter, Lucille Ela, Louis Despres, and Yana Payusova, all 2011 Biennial Prize Winners.

The Fifteenth ArtsWorcester Biennial Exhibition, one of the region's most important art events, begins on Friday, April 12, with an opening reception from 6-8 PM. The exhibit will run through May 31st, 2013. Both the opening and the exhibit are free to the public.

For thirty years, the ArtsWorcester Biennial has offered local contemporary artists an opportunity to show their finest work to a broad public. Artworks by both established and emerging artists were selected for exhibition, with all media represented: painting, sculpture, photography, digital art, fine craft, mixed media, and photography. All but two works in the exhibit are available for purchase, with prices ranging from $200 to $2,600.

Katherine French, Director of Danforth Art, juried the exhibition. Out of 259 works, she selected 102 works for exhibition, with 21 artists recognized with awards. While a dramatic, large-scale sculpture was named Best in Show, photography is particularly strong in this year's Biennial. Dr. French recognized this regional strength by dividing the Best in Photography award among three artists.

The 2013 ArtsWorcester award winners are:

Sally R. Bishop Prize for Best in Show: Victor Pacheco for "Peace Bird"
Best in Digital Art: Jon Hansen
Best in Sculpture: Cheryl Lichwell,
Best in Craft: Ginny Gillen
Best in Mixed Media: Susan Swinand
Best in Painting: Robin Reynolds
Best in Photography: Brittany Severance
Best in Photography: Dana Lane
Best in Photography: Eric Nichols
Honorable Mention, Digital Art: Joseph Farbrook
Honorable Mention, Sculpture: Ted Lilley
Honorable Mention, Craft: Jill Burns
Honorable Mention, Mixed Media: Donalyn Schofield
Honorable Mention, Mixed Media: Carlotta Miller
Honorable Mention, Painting: John Buron
Honorable Mention, Painting: Conrad Guertin
Honorable Mention, Painting: Patricia Hegedus
Honorable Mention, Photography: Catherine Wilcox-Titus
Honorable Mention, Photography: Jim Collins
Honorable Mention, Photography: Anne McNevin
Honorable Mention, Photography: Louis Despres

The Sally Bishop Prize for Best In Show carries a cash award of $500, and Best in Category and Honorable Mentions ranging from $50 to $200. The awards are sponsored by the Hoche-Scofield Prize and Scholarship Fund of the Worcester Art Museum. Additional sponsorship for this exhibit comes from the Worcester Arts Council in accordance with the Massachusetts Cultural Council, United Bank, Commerce Bank, the Telegram and Gazette, and the George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Foundation.

Artists selected for exhibition are Joan Avato, Zia Ayub, James Barnhill, Trisha Barry, Lisa Barthelson, Crystal Blanchflower, Jill Burns, John Buron, Grace Cherubino, Allison Coelho Picone, James Collins, Linda Dagnello, Robert Dec, Ella Delyanis, Louis Despres, Nancy DeYoung, Margaret Emerson, Nancy Engberg, Eugene Epstein, Joseph Farbrook, Allen Fletcher, Sharon Freed, Ginny Gillen, Conrad Guertin, Jon Hansen, Barry Hanshaw, Anne Harris, Patricia Hegedus, Brian Higgins, Dana Lane, Robyn Lane, Chelsea LeBeau Hueter, Cheryl Lichwell, Ted Lilley, Jeff Loughlin, Fernando Martins, Rick Martorano, Alyce Mayo, Sean McGrail, Anne McNevin, Carlotta Miller, Eric Nichols, Karen Nunley, Kat O'Connor, Victor Pacheco, Irina Parfenova, Christopher Peter Reinhardt, Robin Reynolds, Ann Rosebrooks, Erik Sandberg-Diment, Donalyn Schofield, Brittany Severance, Richard Shilale, Helen Obermeyer Simmons, Catherine Quick Spingler, Susan Swinand, Donna Hamil Talman, Dick Taylor, Kellie Weeks, Catherine Wilcox-Titus, Peter Wise, Agnes Wyant, and Marla Zeneski.

ArtsWorcester is located at 660 Main Street in Worcester. Gallery hours are Tuesday, 1-4 PM; Wednesday through Friday, 10 AM-4 PM; and Saturday, 1-4 PM. Free parking is always available for ArtsWorcester visitors in the two paved lots belonging to the Freemasons, at Ionic and Beacon Street, one block up from ArtsWorcester. For more information, please call 508.755.5142, email [email protected], or visit artsworcester.org.


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