Material Needs 2020

About Material Needs 2020

October 15 through December 10, 2020


Material Needs 2020 includes concrete sculptures and works on paper that investigate the effects of time, gravity, and weather on land and body (Berg); welded found-object sculpture that reflects on themes of peace, knowledge, and chance (Criollo); kinetic stained-glass sculptures inspired by open-water swimming (Croteau); textured acrylic paintings that express the tactile nature of the Burren region of Ireland (Duffy); a series of crystal vessels that are equal parts science and serendipity (Hebert); intricate still lifes in oil modeled after the Dutch masters (Hunt); mixed-media works that explore women in nature through mythology and folklore (Kidd Schall); life-sized drawings of endangered species that encourage closer inspection of our relationship to nature (Schofield); and a series of paintings celebrating postpartum bodies and the realities of motherhood (Stowell).


Think beyond the wall! This online exhibition allows you to engage with each artist's creative process over the course of the grant cycle. Explore the work of the 2019-2020 cohort of artists, including work in progress, glimpses of artists' studios, and the evolution of each artist's body of work. Material Needs 2020 is on view October 15 through December 10, 2020. Enjoy!


About Material Needs Grants

During the past year, ten artists have been busy making use of the Material Needs Grant they won in 2019. Those awards, ranging from $500 to $1,500, fund the cost of supplies required to make new artwork in Worcester County. This year's online exhibit of their work, always one of the best showcases of up-and-coming artists in the region, features much more than the finished pieces they produced with their grants.


Over seventy artists to date have had their careers advanced through a Material Needs Grant. Thank you to the anonymous donor who makes this possible.

Material Needs 2020 video WEB.mp4