Past Exhibits

Augustine Chavez | Olga Chekaryeva

Meseret Desta | Barry Duncan | Jessica Ethington | Mia Fabrizio | Jen Flores | Yetti Frenkel | Mekbib Gebertsadik | Wendy Gonick

 Siena Hancock | Tom Mahin | Virginia Mahoney Karen McCarthy | Julie Neu | Claudia Ravaschiere | Joan Ryan | Melissa Scheid Frantz Laura Scheuerell | Pamela Shanley | Lisa Shea 

Shana Sood


On View: September 25, 2020 - January 15, 2021

Virtual Opening Reception: Thursday, October 8, 7-8pm

RSVP to receive the link to join us for the virtual opening reception here

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment and the successes of the Suffrage movement, the Arlington Center for the Arts in partnership with the League of Women Voters of Arlington present Created Equal. This exhibition showcases artwork that exemplifies the mosaic of voices that contribute to our society and the equal weight all voices carry. Artwork in this exhibit address concepts of fundamental rights and freedoms in our society through a variety of subjects and mediums.

This exhibit honors the Suffrage movement and the passing of the 19th Amendment, but it is not limited to this historic moment. It serves as a reminder that these rights are hard won and need to be protected and not taken for granted. The Suffrage fighters give us inspiration, courage and hope to move forward and face the struggles we see in our community, our country, and our world today.

This subject and dialogue are as important now as they have ever been and we welcome the opportunity to provide a platform of inclusion and equity to all artists. We are committed to presenting this exhibition opportunity as a way to amplify voices of those most marginalized by societal oppression, racism, and discrimination of any kind.


The Arlington Center for the Arts is pleased to welcome Jill Harvey, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coordinator for the Town of Arlington and Boston-area artist Liz Shepherd as our jurors for this exhibition.

Viewing Created Equal

Given the precautions surrounding COVID-19 we are pleased to be able to offer several options for patrons to view Created Equal.

We are excited to be able to provide the public with a 360 virtual tour of the exhibition! Select the button above to explore the panoramic view of the exhibit.

Many thanks to Created Equal sponsor and partner League of Women Voters of Arlington for their support of this exhibition.

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Blanche Ames Political Cartoons

On View: September 25 - January 15, 2021

Virtual Opening Reception: October 8, 7-8 pm

The Arlington Center for the Arts in pleased to be presenting a selection of political cartoons created by artist and activist Blanche Ames. These large scale prints are reproductions of published cartoons Blanche created in 1915 to support the suffrage movement and to criticize those who opposed women’s right to vote. Also included in this exhibit are excerpts from the Arlington Advocate from 1915-1920 documenting the suffrage movement through the lens of Arlington residents.


Many thanks to Oakes Plimpton, poet, author, and editor, Arlington resident, and grandson of Blanche Ames for providing all of the content and documentation for this exhibit,to Smith College for use of these images, and to the League of Women Voters of Arlington for their support of this exhibit and Created Equal.

About Blanche Ames: Blanche Ames was an artist, feminist, suffragette, and political activist who used her position and esteem to champion local, state, and national efforts to secure women the right to vote. Blanche earned a degree in History and Studio Art from Smith College and applied her art training to further the suffragette cause, drawing political cartoons for publications such as Women’s Journal and Boston Transcript. As a member and Treasurer of the Massachusetts Women’s Suffrage Association, Blanche invested a great deal of time, energy, and creativity in the efforts of women’s rights in the United States. Even after the 19th amendment was ratified, Blanche used her platform to continue to advocate for women’s issues including access to contraception and affordable medical care.

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FOCUS is a biannual photography exhibition series presented by the Arlington Center for the Arts and Century 21 Adams


On View: February 6 - March 31, 2020

Opening Reception: Thursday, Feb 27, 7-9pm

Given the closures and precautions surrounding COVID-19, we are pleased to be able to provide the public a virtual tour of the exhibition! Check it out here. 

The Arlington Center for the Arts and Century 21 Adams is pleased to present the inaugural exhibition in our biannual photography exhibition series, FOCUS. The 2020 theme, Nurture/Nature invites artists, and in turn audiences, to explore their individual relationship with nature, as well as our collective impact on the natural world.


This exhibition features 36 photographs which investigate how human and natural evolution influence each other, as well as the human responsibility to others, the future, and nature itself.


EXHIBITION JUROR: Laura McPhee, Photographer & MassArt Professor

About our Juror: Laura McPhee was born in Manhattan and grew up in central New Jersey. She earned her BA from Princeton University and an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design, and is currently a professor at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She lives in Brookline, MA. She is noted for her stunning large-scale landscapes and portraits of the people who live and work in them.  She is currently working in the desert west of the United States where she is chronicling visual stories about time, both geologic and human. A serpentine river cuts deep incisions in the land over ages. A gold mine on the edge of the Black Rock Desert has the earth slashed open and its ruddy interior revealed.  A still-life found at the edge of an alkali flat reveals intricate details of daily life—a tiny plastic toy among shards of glass and rust, a penny, machine parts, and desert varnished tin cans.  All contemplate the unintended consequences of humanity’s attempts to control and manage nature and how we use the earth and to what ends.   A meditation on our material lives and on climate change, the images depict our paradoxical approaches as we at once protect, alter, and extract from the land.

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Special thanks to our Nurture/Nature Sponsor

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Everything is Alive: My Search for God in Nature

Photographs by Roy Crystal

On View: February 6 - April 30, 2020

Opening Reception: February 27, 7-9 pm

"Much of my work has been in natural places in New England and the American West.  My work explores natural processes of change, growth, decay, death, and renewal.


In this show I bring together mages taken over more than fifty years where I felt something undefinable.  I  find it in sacred places where people have felt a sense of spirit or God in the landscape, when special light transforms an ordinary place, when I see the weight of millions of years of geologic time in the rocks, and when I can feel the beauty and conciousness of an animal.  


In this show I want to share some moments with you where I felt a sense of spirit, of God, in nature, and in the city, since it is all one.  I want to offer you encouragement in this dark time that there is beauty and profound meaning in the world.  Have you felt something similar?  If so please share it with me.  I would love to hear it." - Roy Crystal

Small Works Members Show


On View: December 6, 2019 - January 22, 2020

Opening Reception & Annual Meeting: Thursday, December 6, 6:30-9pm

​Arlington Center for the Arts is presents artwork that is small in scale, but large in impact for our annual Small Works Members Show!  It’s a great opportunity for our member artists to be part of the holidays at ACA, including ACA’s annual meeting and holiday reception. This exhibition features artwork created by our talented member-base and all work is less than 16” in dimension. Just in time for the holidays, this exhibitions is a wonderful opportunity to support local artists and find unique holiday gifts.  For this show only, artwork will be sold off the walls and replaced as needed to keep the exhibit exciting and dynamic.

We're inviting all of our members to join us at the event to partake in our annual meeting and celebrate our year together! Please help us in:

  • Voting in new Board Members

  • Appointing new officers to our Board 

  • Saying THANK YOU to departing Board Members


ALSO -- you'll hear from our new Executive Director, Tom Formicola, about some of the highlights of 2019!

Very Superstitious


On View: October 11 - November 8, 2019

Opening Reception: Friday, October 25, 7-9pm

The writing’s on the wall in Very Superstitious, a unique new art exhibit presented by the Arlington Center for the Arts. This autumnal gallery show presents artwork of all types and mediums, which explore themes of signs, symbols and superstitions, as well as omens and totems of all kinds. Just in time for the Halloween season, Very Superstitious asks each of us to stop and consider the signs and symbols, both mystical and slightly more mundane, present in our own lives and in the world around us.


Be sure to mark your calendars for our Opening Reception and SPOOKY SPECTACULAR on October 25, 7-9pm! We'll have festive and fantastical treats, spooky music, and perhaps even a ghoul or two! Costumes are optional but encouraged!

We're very excited to welcome our juror for Very Superstitious - 
Caitee Hoglund, Gallery Director of 13Forest Gallery!

Henry Olds Retrospective

On View: August 1 - September 20, 2019

Closing Reception: Thursday, September 19, 7-9 pm

Discover the symmetry of the natural world through the lense of artist Henry Olds. The work displayed in this exhibition relfects the years of exploration Henry has pursued in artistic photo manipulation and the innovative ways he has captured natural world. 


"For many years, I was a professional educator.  However, as an avocation, photography has always been part of my life. Recently, in my retirement, I have had time to try some photo-artistic ideas.  Building on explorations I tried when younger, I have explored various forms of artistic photo-manipulation -- photo-montage and photo collage. I particularly enjoy finding patterns in nature and building on them."


- Henry Olds

All works in this exhibition are available for sale for $100 each. Thanks to the immense generosity of artist Henry Olds, the proceeds from the sales of all artwork in this exhibit will be donated directly to the Arlington Center for the Arts.

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Featured Artists 

Kimberly Becker | Patricia Bigness 

Eva Camacho | Stephanie Cave | Nancy Crasco

 Adrian Cronos |Tricia Deck | Alexis Deise

Angela DeVesto | Christie Gilliland

Amy Goldstein | Kristina Goransson

 Luba Grenader | Gini Holmes | Ruth Lieberherr 

 Lestra Litchfield | Sandra Mayo | Alanna Nelson

Julie Neu | Cha-Ling O'Connell | Jane Paulson

Nita Penfold | Allison Rabin | Minna Rothman Adrienne Sloane | Kathy Spoering 

Lorraine Sullivan

UNRAVEL: Fiber Art for Our Times

Juried by Virginia B. Johnson of Gather Here

On View: May 17 - July 8, 2019

Opening Reception: Friday, May 17, 7-9 pm

An exhibit of fiber arts of all kinds, UNRAVEL features artists whose work sheds light on tangled issues of our contemporary times.  From pink hats for marches to quilts for social justice, fiber arts have moved out of the home to become an impactful vehicle for conversation and dialogue.


ACA is delighted to partner with Virginia B. Johnson to highlight meaningful work by local fiber artists.

I Broke this One on Purpose
I Broke this One on Purpose

by Angela DeVesto

Spirit Ship
Spirit Ship

by Jane Paulson

Nevertheless, She Persisted
Nevertheless, She Persisted

by Eva Camacho

I Broke this One on Purpose
I Broke this One on Purpose

by Angela DeVesto


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Phil Young, Cascade

Safe Passage 1, Katrina Carye

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Henry Olds,  On the Pond

SPARK! Members Show 

Curated by Jeremy Angier and Ann Hirsch

On view February 14 - April 30, 2019

Opening Reception: 
Thursday, February 14, 7-9pm


What sparks your creativity, ignites your curiosity and brings you joy? 


See how 40+ member artists responded to that question, in ACA's annual members show, which kindles a little light in the dark of winter, and celebrates the creativity in our community.


Exhibiting Member Artists:

Alice O'Rourke - Aneleise Ruggles - Anne Briggs - Anne-Marie Delaunay-Danizio- Becky Holmes-Farley - Betsy Rodman - Cathy Garnett - Christine Hagg- Christopher LeGare - Dan Cianfarini - Debby Lewis - Duck Watson - Emile Tobenfeld - Henry Olds - Jane Spickett - Janet Smith - Jennifer Ingram - Jhilam Sanyal - Joan Robbio - Jonathan Donahue - Karen L. McCarthy - Kathleen McNeil - Kecia Ali - Kevin Duffy - Lala O'Neil - Lee Paradis - Lidia Kenig-Scher - Linda Jung - Linda O'Connor - Lorraine Sullivan - Lynne Yansen - Marjorie Coello - Moira Lynch - Nancy Blasi - Nilou Moochhala - Patricia Bigness - Patricia Denn - Philip Young - Ruth Lieberherr - Sally J. Naish - Sara Egan - Stephan Miller - Sybil Solomon - Timothy Wilson - William Reiman

From curators Ann Hirsch and Jeremy Angier:

"For at least 70,000 years humans have expressed themselves using color, line and shape. Though the media have changed over the millennia - flaming torches and ground earth have given way to electric spotlights and polymer paint formulations - the works in this exhibition still rely on the same essential elements of color, line and shape to give voice to our dreams and memories, vocabulary for our thoughts and ideas, and ignition to spark our imaginations.

"As collaborative artists and arts educators, we are continually struck by the incredible range of expressive potential accessible to us all with today's materials and processes. From wool felt collage to tile mosaic, from ink drawing to jeweled construction, from traditional media like watercolor to contemporary digital photography, each piece in this exhibition can stand alone as a testament to individual expression. Taken as a whole, the collection of work in SPARK! presents a diverse tapestry of the enduring creative spark and reflects the myriad ways ACA nourishes our community. Read more...

About the Curators:

Ann Hirsch has completed numerous public art commissions of scale across the U.S. In 2013, she gained wide recognition for the Bill Russell Legacy Project at Boston City Hall Plaza, a public artwork that is part sculpture and part interactive playground. Other recent commissions include large format bronze wall sculptures for the east entry to Patriot Plaza at Sarasota National Cemetery, FL and Grand Rapids Community Legends, MI. She teaches at Rhode Island School of Design and in 2017 was an Artist in Residence for the City of Boston.

Jeremy Angier is a Somerville painter and sculptor who also heads machinegraphics, a 3D animation firm which creates animations and visualizations for documentary films and museum exhibits. Jeremy teaches Figure Drawing at Arlington Center for the Arts.

Together, Ann and Jeremy run A+J Art+Design, a multidisciplinary public arts collaboration committed to the idea that public art can provoke and entice while also inspiring civic engagement.

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The Wall, Minna Rothman

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I'm New Here: Perspectives on Migration
juried by Boriana Kantcheva

in the Shaira Ali Gallery

Gallery Talk with Boriana Kantcheva 

Thu, 1/10, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

free and open to the public

On view until January 18, 2019

I’m New Here seeks to inspire dialogue and learning about issues of migration and immigration as they apply in our community and in the world at large. The show features artwork by 33 artist and highlights diverse expressions of migration by groups of people, in the natural world, and in the small intricacies of daily life. Artwork addresses the themes and experiences of migration, asylum and assimilation, borders and boundaries, citizenship and crossings, identity/identities, and acceptance. 


As we celebrate a new home for Arlington Center for the Arts, and with an eye on larger themes of migration in our broader world, we invite you, our community and supporters, to help mark this transition with an exhibit of artwork reflecting on themes of migration, change, transformation, and the meaning of home


Participating Artists:


Leah Bedrosian Peterson | Anne Briggs | Nancy Hall Brooks | Katrina Carye | Elaine Crowder | John Doyle | Kevin Duffy | Johanna Finnegan-Topitz | Catherine Garnett | Shawna Gibbs | Wendy Gonick | Christine Hagg | Paula Herman | Al Hiltz | Susan Lottler | Lewanda Lim | Karen McCarthy | Bonnie Newman | Ted Ollier | Jane Paulson | Heidi Reynolds | Minna Rothman | Alexandera Rozenman | Dina Shaposhnikov | Nomi Silverman | Joanne Simon | Betty Stone | Lorraine Sullivan | Barbara Trachenberg | Kim Triedman | Timothy Wilson | Philip Young 


About the Juror:

Boriana Kantcheva, originally from Bulgaria, has lived and worked in the Boston area for over 18 years. She has received a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and an MFA from School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University joint degree program. She has worked as an assistant teacher at the Carpenter Center for Visual and Environmental Studies where she has received several Harvard University Certificates of Distinction in Teaching awards. She currently holds a position of Gallery Coordinator at Chandler Gallery, Maud Morgan Arts Center, in Cambridge, MA. Boriana is a member of Bromfield Gallery and her work can also be seen at 13 Forest Gallery. 






This program is supported in part by a grant from the Arlington Cultural Council,
a local agency, which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.


The Immigrant, Kim Triedman