Gravity/Levity: A Juried Members' Exhibition

Date: July 9, 2020 - August 16, 2020 at June 9 through August 16, Thursdays through Sundays 12:00 - 5:00 PM

Presented By: ArtsWorcester

ArtsWorcester is thrilled to welcome you back to the galleries for Gravity/Levity: A Juried Members' Exhibition, our first exhibition entirely dedicated to sculptural works. Beginning July 9, our doors will be open to you for the first time in months, and we will be delighted to see you again.

Celebrate the virtual opening of Gravity/Levity on Thursday, July 9 at 6:00 PM, when we will announce prize winners and hear remarks from the juror. The online exhibition will be live on our website that same day! We'll be sharing video content and stories via our social media, so you can join the festivities from anywhere.

About this exhibition:

Investigate notions of physical forces through Gravity/Levity, a juried exhibition of three-dimensional artwork, and the first all-sculpture show at ArtsWorcester. Lisa Crossman, Curator of American Art and Arts of the Americas at the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, selected twenty-nine sculptures by twenty-five artists that capture approaches to weight and weightlessness.

Works both earnest and ironic employ materials ranging from cast glass, carved stone and wood, ceramic, and steel, to paper, recycled electronics, fishnet tights, and gummy bears. Visitors will find cereal boxes imitating military equipment, concrete that encourages a change in direction, twigs and toothpicks mirroring industrial machinery, and colorful mesh produce bags that reflect a family’s history of consumption.

Sculpture is historically perceived as having significant weight, both in poundage and gravitas. The works in this show confirm and contradict that sentiment, while asking us to consider the relationship between material and message.

Gravity/Levity will run Thursday, July 9 through Sunday, August 16, 2020. This exhibition will be on view in the East and West Galleries, as well as on our website. We have also expanded the ways our audience can engage with our exhibitions. Read further to learn more.

Changes to our hours and policies:

What do I need to know before my visit? We will enthusiastically welcome ten visitors at a time. If we have more than ten, you will be asked to wait briefly outside until another visitor leaves. Hand-sanitizing, mask-wearing, and facility protocols meet or exceed the requirements of the Commonwealth.

When are gallery hours? ArtsWorcester main galleries will be open Thursdays through Sundays, 12:00 to 5:00 PM, beginning Thursday, July 9.

Can I view this exhibition online? Yes! Images of individual artworks and gallery views will be available on our website and social media feeds. As this exhibition progresses, artist talks and additional virtual programming will bring you even closer to featured artists and their work.


Above images (clockwise from top left): Tom Grady, "Cereal Bomber," cereal box, 12″ x 12″ x 12″, 2018, $750

Lawrence DeJong, "CWF#5: The Gold & Silver Wall-tz," clay, dry pigment, gold & sliver foil, 16″ x 4 1/2″ x 1 1/2″, 2020, $275

Gregory Barry, "Writhe," repurposed wood, 32″ x 32″ x 37″, 2020, $3,800

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