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  • Worcester Art Museum Hosts Second Annual CANstruction

    (WORCESTER, Mass.) - Worcester Art Museum joins area architects and the Worcester County Food Bank for the second annual CANstruction, a project designed to build awareness for the issue of hunger in Central Massachusetts.

    Using only canned goods and boxed foods, three teams will build giant sculptures for a competitive exhibition at the Worcester Art Museum May 1-5. The “CANstructures” will be judged for their overall design, theme and use of color. Winners will be announced at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 2. At the end of the exhibition, all food will be donated to the Worcester County Food Bank for distribution to food pantries, homeless shelters and other human service programs in Central Massachusetts.

    The public is invited to view the exhibition during Museum hours, Wednesday, May 1 through Sunday, May 5. Admission is $8 adults, $6 senior citizens and college students with ID, and free for youth 17 and under. On Thursday, May 2 from 3 to 8 p.m., admission to the Museum will be wavered with the donation of a non-perishable food item. Types of food needed by the Food Bank include canned protein, such as tuna, chicken, and salmon, soups, stews, chili, pasta, canned pasta, canned fruits and vegetables, and cereal-both hot and cold.

    A donation from Price Chopper Foods helped to provide the 6,000 canned and boxed food items needed for the structures. In addition to a Museum team, Gorman Richardson Architects of Hopkinton, Mass. and Ganek/Baer Architects, Inc. of Littleton will also build sculptures. Guest judges include: Phillip Austin, high school student from the Worcester Youth Center; Chuck and Mud, acoustic folk duo; Brian Flanagan, co-manager of Price Chopper in Shrewsbury, Mass.; Scott Hayman, director of Housing Services in Worcester; Leon I. Nigrosh, noted local ceramic artist and author; Sarah Ryan, public service director of WSRS/WTAG and WSRS Morning Show Co-Host; and State Rep. Robert Spellane.

    CANstruction is a trademarked competition created by the Society of Design Administration, in partnership with the American Institute of Architects. Its purpose is to help raise awareness of hunger in our country while also providing relief through the collection and distribution of foods to local communities. CANstruction is held annually across the United States on behalf of America's Second Harvest and its network of 200 food banks nationwide. Featured “CANstructures” have included replicas of the Brooklyn Bridge, an Etch-A-Sketch, a lighthouse, a locomotive, and a high-heel shoe.

    To find out more about the Worcester County Food Bank, visit its web site at www.foodbank.org.

    Museum Background

    A cultural jewel of New England, the Worcester Art Museum first opened to the public in 1898. 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. Its extensive four-season studio arts program enrolls 6,000 adult and youth students each year. Museum hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (sponsored by Commerce Bank), and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and full-time college students with current ID, and FREE for Members and all youth 17 and under. Admission is also FREE for everyone on Saturday mornings, 10 a.m.-noon (sponsored by The TJX Companies and Massachusetts Electric Company). The Museum is located at 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, Mass., easily accessible from the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90), Route 290 and Route 9. Expanded parking is available near entrances on Salisbury, Lancaster and Tuckerman streets. For more information, call (508) 799-4406.