Open Door Gallery

Admission to the Open Door Gallery is always free.

The Open Door Gallery at the Worcester Art Museum (ODG@WAM) is a gallery space for artists with disabilities, created in partnership with Open Door Arts, an affiliate of the Seven Hills Foundation. This bright area, overlooking the Stoddard Garden Courtyard from the Higgins Education Wing, provides a platform for artists with disabilities to share their artistry, stories, and cultures, while creating a space for the community to come together through a common artistic experience that inspires reflection and dialogue. One exhibit at a time, ODG@WAM seeks to expand our collective understanding of disability and to create a model for equitable and accessible cultural spaces.

As part of this partnership, aspiring artists with disabilities also visit the Museum galleries, where they find inspiration and connect further with the ideas and images from over 50 centuries of creative expression and take classes with WAM faculty to continue to build their artistic skills. One of the most important priorities at the Worcester Art Museum, increasing accessibility for people with disabilities increases accessibility and understanding for everyone.

Current Exhibition

Bethany Noël, 'Fragmentation', 2018, acrylic paint on black gessoed canvas
Bethany Noël, Fragmentation, 2018, acrylic paint on black gessoed canvas

Bethany Noël: Aphasia

November 20, 2023–February 9, 2024

Bethany Noël creates emotional, subtly surreal paintings about her chronic migraine disease’s neurological symptoms. Her work recreates the optical distortions brought on by migraines, as seen in the brilliant colors of nature. “What is painful and disorienting with my disease gives me a key to share the otherworldly beauty of the natural world next to us. My artwork is an ode to joy despite pain and revealing the beauty of the mundane.”

Past exhibitions


Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Creating opportunities: Open Door Gallery at Worcester Art Museum boosts artists with disabilities
By Stephanie Jarvis Campbell, March 19, 2020

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