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  • Register Now for Adult Art Institute at the Worcester Art Museum

    WORCESTER, MASS., June 2, 2000 -- There's still time to register for the 13th annual Adult Art Institute at the Worcester Art Museum, held June 19 - 30. Taught by professional faculty artists, the Institute offers intensive five- and 10-day workshops in the fine arts. This year's offerings focus on drawing and painting classes; and photo etching, silk and fabric painting, photography, and writing workshops.

    Internationally-known artist Annette Lemieux is this year's guest artist. She will participate in workshops and present her own work. One of these works, Two Vistas, is on view in the Museum through January 2001. A monumental mural commissioned for the "Wall at WAM" project, Two Vistas was conceived in response to the Museum's Renaissance court and is based on Lemieux's sky photographs.

    Teachers are also invited to attend the Adult Institute and explore their creativity while earning Professional Development Points (PDPs) or college credits. In addition, a special Teacher's Institute running from will feature "The Art and Society of the Roman Empire: Antioch and Beyond" (July 17-21), and "Web Page Design for Teachers" (August 7 - 11).

    Scholarship aid is available for adults who can demonstrate financial need. Classes are filling up fast, so register today by calling 508-799-4406, X-3007.

    Museum Background

    Opened to the public in 1898, the Worcester Art Museum is the second largest art museum in New England. Its exceptional 35,000-piece collection of paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photography, prints and drawings is displayed in 36 galleries and spans 5,000 years of art and culture, ranging from Egyptian antiquities and Roman mosaics to Impressionist paintings and contemporary art. Throughout its first century, the Worcester Art Museum proved itself a pioneer: the first American museum to purchase work by Claude Monet (1910) and Paul Gauguin (1921); the first museum to bring a medieval building to America (1927); a sponsor of the first major excavation at Antioch, one of the four great cities of ancient Rome (1932); the first museum to create an Art All-State program for high school artists (1987); the originator of the first exhibition of Dutch master Judith Leyster (1993); and the first museum to focus its contemporary art programs on art of the last 10 years (1998). The Museum's hours are: Wednesday through Sunday, 11am-5pm, and Saturday 10am-5pm. Admission: FREE for members; Non-members: $8 Adults; $6 Seniors and full-time college students with current ID; FREE for youth 17 and under; FREE for everyone Saturday mornings 10am-noon sponsored by The TJX Companies and Massachusetts Electric Company. For more information, call (508) 799-4406 or visit the Museum at 55 Salisbury Street in Worcester.

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