Worcester Art Museum Invites Public to Summer Youth Art Exhibition and Reception

WORCESTER, MASS., August 12, 1999 - The Worcester Art Museum invites the public to enjoy the Summer Youth Art Exhibition, on view in the Higgins Education Wing from August 17 - October 1, 1999. This bright, delightful exhibition showcases the creations of youth who studied at the Museum this summer. Featuring drawings, paintings, sculpture, photography, and more, the exhibition is open Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., and is FREE to the public.

Parents, friends, and the general public are also encouraged to honor the young artists whose works are in the Summer Youth Exhibition at a special reception on Sunday, September 12, from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Visitors will enjoy refreshments while admiring the artwork displayed in this exhibition.

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.