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  • Worcester Art Museum Program Promotes Women's Art Studies Abroad

    WORCESTER, MASS., March 25, 2003 - Women residents of Worcester County and staff and students of the Worcester Art Museum are eligible for grants to help finance foreign travel and art-related studies abroad.

    The Worcester Art Museum is accepting applications through Wednesday, April 30, for the 2003 Kinnicutt Travel/Study Awards. The awards are made possible through an endowment fund established by Frances Ayres Kinnicutt, a Worcester Art Museum corporator from 1915 until her death in 1933.

    Applications for the Kinnicutt Travel/Study Awards are available in the Museum's Education Department Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, please call the Worcester Art Museum at (508) 799-4406, ext. 3058. Awards will be announced in late June.

    Administered by the Museum and granted by the Museum's Board of Trustees, the Kinnicutt Travel/Study Awards are presented to one or more women based on the merit of their applications and upon recommendation from the Kinnicutt Awards Committee. Any woman who lives in Worcester County is eligible to apply, although preference is given to students, volunteers and employees of the Worcester Art Museum. Awards provide partial funding to be supplemented by the applicant. Award funds must be used during the Museum's upcoming fiscal year, which is Sept. 1, 2003 through Aug. 31, 2004.

    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 or visit the Museum web site at www.worcesterart.org.