Worcester Art Museum Hosts Contemporary Art Exhibition Tour Followed by Wine-Tasting Social Event

WORCESTER, MASS., September 22, 1999 - If you're an art enthusiast in your 20s or 30s, join Susan Stoops, curator of Contemporary Art at the Worcester Art Museum, for a private tour of the exhibition Outlook: Collecting the Contemporary, on Thursday, September 30, 1999, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. The tour will be followed by complimentary wine-tasting and light hors d'oeuvres. Please RSVP by September 28 by calling 508-799-4406, extension 3122.

Friends of Steve is the Museum's newest membership category offering special, social programming for young adult art lovers. We hope you will attend the private tour on September 30 and learn more about the fun membership opportunities available to you. As a bonus, the Museum will offer a discount to join Friends of Steve that evening. Please enter the Museum via the Lancaster Street entrance.

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.