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  • Meow: A Cat-Inspired Exhibition

    Through September 4, 2016

    WAM takes the theme of cats by the tail with this one-of-a-kind, multi-faceted project. Meow includes an exhibition exploring the feline as an iconic element of art, a self-guided "cat walk" through the Museum, an interactive installation featuring live cats, a community art show, a naughty kitty take-over of Helmutt's House, a dog show curated by Helmutt, and special art classes. From serious art to mischievous fun, Meow promises to tickle the whiskers of museum and cat-lovers alike!

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    Sponsored by:

    fallon health

    Supporting sponsors:

    reliant medical group


    united bank foundation

    Media partners:

    worcester magazine

    Meow Billboard Contest

    Week 4 Winner: Annie and Jack

    Photographed by Jason DiSalle

    Thank you for all of your great submissions to our Meow Billboard Contest!
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    Previous Week Winners


    The Meow Opening Party

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    Join other cat and art enthusiasts at this paw-some celebration. Visit The Captivating Cat: Felines and the Artist's Gaze, take our Cat Walk through the galleries, and view Community Cats the community cat art show in the Higgins Education Wing.

    Immerse yourself in everything feline with an evening packed with a variety of entertainment from Grand Beatbox Battle Championship Grand Beatbox Battle Champion Gene Shinozaiki, Ballet Arts Worcester, Brother Zack and Sister Helen, YAMA and more!

    Enjoy the purr-fect atmosphere with costumed performers, including a larger than life Cheshire Cat from TEN31 Productions. Listen to “Cat-tastic: Wild, Weird, and Heartwarming Stories from Feline History” with our guest lecture author and historian Dr. Paul Koudounaris.

    Worcester Wares will be silk-screening “Meow” t-shirts live in the Lancaster Lobby. Pounce over to the food trucks: The Dog Father, Say Cheese, and The Nom Nom Hut. Cash bar and valet parking available.

    Rob Reger's Emily the Strange and her Four Bad Kitties
    Through September 25, 2016
    Helmutt's House
    View original paintings of beloved character Emily the Strange by artist/illustrator Rob Reger.
    Get to know her four cats: Mystery, Miles, NeeChee, and Sabbath.
    Read an interview with artist/illustrator Rob Reger

    The Captivating Cat: Felines and the Artist's Gaze
    Through September 4, 2016
    PDP Gallery
    Explore the feline as an iconic artistic muse in this exhibition of prints, drawings, paintings, and sculptures of cats from WAM's permanent collection. Guest curated by Ruthie Dibble, PhD candidate at Yale University, the exhibition features over 70 works, organized around ten themes, which put the spotlight on cats as art from ancient Egypt to the modern day. Included are works by Will Barnet, Albrecht Durer, Orovida Camille Pissarro, and Theophile Alexander Steinlein

    Cat Walk
    Through September 4, 2016
    Throughout the Museum
    Take a self-guided Cat Walk through WAM's galleries to discover other amazing cats in art. Highlights include tigers in Worcester Hunt Mosaic, the painting, Woman with a Cat by Gustave Courbet, and an Egyptian cat sculpture.

    Community Cat Show
    Art Show celebration event: Sunday, May 22
    On view through July 24, 2016
    Higgins Education Wing
    A community exhibition of cat-artwork submitted by local artists, collectors, and cat-enthusiasts. Held in partnership with Worcester Animal Rescue League (WARL).
    Read a WAM Update about the Community Cats.

    Helmutt's Dog Show
    Through September 4, 2016
    Take a break from WAM's cat-mania for a canine art fix, specially curated by Helmutt the dog, including one of his favorite works of art, Head of a Dog by Abbott Handerson Thayer.

    Cat Craft Classes
    Spring and Summer 2016
    Higgins Education Wing
    Get paws-on with a variety of cat-related studio art classes and weekend workshops. Join us for Pet Portraits, Create Your Own Cat Toy, Curator Talks, and much more!
    View classes for adults and youth

    Cats-in-Residence Program

    July 13-September 4, 2016
    Studio 206, Higgins Education Wing

    Interact with live cats in this unorthodox human/cat contemporary art installation, previously presented in Los Angeles, Hartford, and New York City. Guest curated by artist and critic Rhonda Lieberman, this exhibition is presented in partnership with the Worcester Animal Rescue League (WARL). Cats in the show will be available for adoption.

    Meow Posters

    8.5 x 11" Printable Meow Posters

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    Press Release

    Una exposición demuestra que la gatomanía no nació con internet - 20minutos
    Art With A Purrr-pose: Cats Take Over The Worcester Art Museum - The ARTery WBUR
    Worcester Art Museum Opens MEOW: A Cat-Inspired Exhibition - hauspanther
    Worcester Art Museum's 'Meow' examines our fascination with felines - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
    From Ancient Egypt to Internet Stardom, Worcester Art Museum Celebrates Cats in an Extraordinary Exhibition - Widewalls
    The Worcester Art Museum's New Exhibit Is All Cats, All the Time - Smithsonian.com
    Confident Cats Continue Art World Takeover - Blouin Artinfo
    The Worcester Art Museum Gifts Us the Cat-Themed Exhibition of Our Furriest Dreams - artnet
    Cats Are the Muses Behind WAM's "Meow: A Cat Inspired Exhibition" - PetGuide.com