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Beyond the Frame, Celebrating a Partnership
in Public Education and the Arts

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This collection of essays celebrates signature works from the Worcester Art Museum and its partnership with Worcester State University. In twelve essays by distinguished New England writers and Worcester State faculty, it highlights art works by Faith Ringgold, Paul Signac, Gabriele Münter, John La Farge, Reginald Adolphus Gammon, Otto Dix, and Robert Motherwell, among others, and considers the role that art can play in students' engagement with courses in aesthetics, ecology, social history, nursing, occupational therapy, visual and performing arts, computer science, physics, and philosophy. 

HEATHER TRESELER served as editor of the volume, which includes beautiful reproductions of sixteen art works from the Worcester Art Museum's collections. Begun while the pandemic temporarily closed the museum to visitors, it was published by Worcester State University and the Worcester Art Museum in celebration of their ten-year partnership and commitment to public education in the spring of 2022.


It was featured in the Boston Globe and the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. Copies are available for purchase at both the Worcester State University Bookstore and the Worcester Art Museum's Gift Shop.

Contributors include Lauren K. Alleyne, Erika L. Briesacher, Lawrence Buell, Gish Jen, Kirun Kapur, Megan Marshall, Pablo Medina, Lloyd Schwartz, Anthony Walton, Kristen Waters, and Karl R. Wurst.

(Freake-Gibbs Painter, American, active about 1670; Elizabeth Clarke Freake and Baby Mary, c. 1671-4, oil on canvas, Worcester Art Museum)

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