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On Friday, May 6, the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly invites the public to celebrate the opening of their 23rd Annual Regional Exhibit.  Once each year, the Gallery invites local and regional artists across the Northeast to submit their best work to be considered for inclusion in this juried Regional Exhibit. All fine art and fine craft in all media is eligible and nearly 150 works of fine art and craft will be selected for the largest and most diverse show of ACGOW’s year.

Artists whose work has been chosen for the Exhibit will be eligible to receive cash prizes in a number of categories.  Among the prizes awarded will be the $500 Louise Pittaway Award for Excellence in Oil Painting awarded annually in memory of the late Connecticut photographer and oil painter. Awards will be presented during the opening reception at 7 PM.

Inviting different jurors to the Regional Art Exhibit each year brings a fresh perspective and energy to each show.  This year, ACGOW is honored to welcome as juror Timothy McDowell, Professor of Studio Art at Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut. Professor McDowell, who earned his B.F.A Degree from Midwestern State University in Texas and his M.F.A. Degree from the University of Arizona, works in a number of media including encaustic, oils, intaglio etching, and cyanotype.  His work can be found in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the University of Iowa Museum of Art, the New Mexico Museum of Art, Fidelity Investments, J.P. Morgan, and many more.

In addition to selecting all work for the Regional Exhibit, Professor McDowell will be responsible for determining the winners of a number of awards in the category of fine art provided by the gallery and its sponsors. These include the

  • Washington Trust Award of $250,
  • Professional Planning Award of $200,  
  • Jerry’s Artarama Award of $100,
  • Louise Pittaway Award of $500
  • ACGOW award for $100
  • Five prizes of $200 each provided by the Katherine Forest Crafts Foundation

Other exhibitions that Professor McDowell has juried include Mystic Art Association Annual Members Exhibition, Mystic CT; the University of Connecticut Graduate Student Exhibition, Storrs, CT; the I-95 Triennial Connecticut to Maine Exhibition, Maine Museum of Art, Bangor, ME and the $10,000 William and Dorothy Yeck Award Exhibition, Miami University, Oxford, OH.

According to Professor McDowell, a work of art should capture the viewers’ eye and imagination with its originality and reveal the maker’s dexterity of that medium. In making his selections, he recognizes that there are many levels of artistic experience, many approaches to artistic expression and many messages conveyed through art. Above all, Professor McDowell believes works selected for an exhibition must reveal the mastering of one’s medium.

The Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly is located at 7 Canal Street in downtown Westerly, RI.

The Gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday 11 AM to 7 PM and Sunday, 1-5 PM.

Please call 401-596-2221 or visit or our Facebook page





 Annual Juried Regional Art Show 

May 4 - May 29, 2016

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