Assumption Professors’ paintings selected for ARTSWorcester Biennial Exhibition

Paintings by associate professor of art Carrie Nixon and visiting assistant professor of art Thomas Grady have been selected as part of the 14th annual ARTSWorcester Biennial Exhibition. The Biennial, held at the Aurora Gallery on 660 Main Street in Worcester, is one of the largest juried exhibitions in central Massachusetts, focuses on showcasing the regional contemporary art scene and features works by local artists in several varieties of media.

Nixon’s I-Phone-Sam, a miniature (7” by 5”) oil on campus painting, depicts a hand holding an Apple iPhone. The hand actually belongs to one of Nixon’s Painting II students, Morgan Burdette. The screen of the iPhone displays another of Nixon’s students, Sam Andrews. Grady’s oil on linen painting Toys’s 34x34 portrays a young woman holding a child and gazing out the window of a room filled with toys, balloons, and other playthings.

"I am delighted to have been juried into the ARTSWorcester Biennial. This feels like a warm welcome to the Worcester art community,” said Nixon who moved to the area last August.
“It’s an honor,” Grady agreed, “It is a great organization for this city and community."

Nixon’s painting was also featured in Artscope magazine’s profile of the exhibition. The painting, the article suggested leads one “to consider the beauty of the phone’s design and the promise of the hand.”

Over 300 artworks were submitted for inclusion in the exhibition, 88 works by 87 artists were selected.

The Biennial will run through May 29.

Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College @AssumptionNews