"Open Doors: A celebration of PRIDE" is a special show concurrent with Worcester Pride Month that reflects pride in the LGBTQIA+ community. The juried exhibition features work by area artists who support the LGBTQIA+ community by showcasing meaningful, contemporary works that underscore identity, lifestyle and diversification. Artists Shannon McGinty, a Worcester State alum, and Artist David Wesley-White serve as the show’s jurors.
Show Jurors: Shannon McGinty and David Wesley White
Shannon McGinty is an LGBTQ+ Worcester based mixed media artist, activist, and educator. McGinty received his BA in Visual and Performing Arts from Worcester State University in 2015 and his Master of Fine Arts degree from Maine College of Art and Design in 2019. McGinty’s love of sculpture, combined with his passion for contextual practice, has culminated in the form of fiber based works. McGinty often expresses himself in the form of embroidered works that communicate something about the LGBTQ+ experience and what it means to be human. McGinty is former faculty at Maine College of Art and Design and is currently a part of the art faculty at Tahanto Regional Middle High School.
David Wesley White is a conceptual artist working across mediums, born and raised in Worcester County, Massachusetts. He earned a BFA from Parsons School of Design in 2016 and an MFA from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 2020. Guided by the queer experience and the existential plight of politics, David uses his practice to find nuggets of humor and beauty inside a continuum of frustration and fear. He currently teaches classes at the Worcester Art Museum, emphasizing craft, concept, and performance. His work has been exhibited in Massachusetts, New York City, and Southern California.