In the Shaira Ali Gallery

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

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.

A limited number of time slots for visitors to come to ACA to view the exhibition in person. Only registered visitors will be permitted into the gallery. Due to COVID-19 precautions, we cannot accommodate walk-ins to view the exhibit. Visitors must wear a mask and practice social distancing while in our facility.

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.

All artwork available for sale in this exhibition can be purchased in our Created Equal Online Shop


On View: September 25 - November 6, 2020

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.

About the Jurors:


About Jill Harvey: A Framingham native, Harvey has a bachelor's degree in anthropology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a master's degree in public affairs from Brown University's Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. While pursuing her master's degree at Brown, Harvey focused on U.S. public policy and assisted in advancing the program's diversity and inclusion initiatives by researching best practices, creating cultural competency activities and developing diversity programming and training. Prior to pursuing her master's degree, Harvey worked in the Autism Spectrum Center at the Boston Children's Hospital and as a youth leader at the Brookline Teen Center where she ran a weekly art night for kids exploring mediums ad materials, while discovering different artists and their methods. In her personal time, she enjoys making art of all kinds including drawing and painting.


About Liz Shepherd: Liz Shepherd is an artist living and working in Jamaica Plain, MA. Liz produces small print editions as well as large-scale sculptural installations. Frequent themes are the difficulties inherent in being part of an American family, illness and loss, and immigration. Recent solo shows have also been at Georgetown College, Georgetown KY, Artpace, San Antonio, Texas, at the Scuola Di Graphica in Venice, Italy and at the Boston Sculptors Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts. Her work is the permanent collection at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Edinburgh (Scotland) College of Art, Syracuse University, Boston Children’s Hospital, Hanoi (Vietnam) Contemporary Art Center and numerous private collections.

Created Equal Online Gallery

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

In the ACA Hallway Gallery

Blanche Ames Political Cartoons

On View: September 25 - November 6, 2020

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.


Documentary Screening: Tuesday, October 20 at 7pm

Borderland, The Documentary: The Life & Times of Blanche Ames Ames, a Kevin G Friend film

ACA is thrilled to be presenting a FREE screening of this documentary through Smith College on Tuesday, October 20 at 7pm. Follow this link to register for this event.

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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Lisa Shea Obedience to Law is Liberty (Worcester County Courthouse) Photography 26" x 21" $100