MAA National Exhibit

Marblehead, MA – The Marblehead Arts Association (MAA), a nearly 100-year-old arts association located in Marblehead, MA is proud to present its annual exhibit Variations with the artwork of artists from across the country from January 30 to March 14, 2021.

For close to a century, the Marblehead Arts Association has exhibited the works of artists from throughout New England in the six galleries of its historic 1728 King Hooper Mansion.

For the past six years, the walls of the King Hooper Mansion have been opened once a year to the artwork of both MAA members and non-members from throughout New England in its annual Variations exhibit. In 2021, artists from across the country, representing a diversity of style and media were invited to participate in this six-week, juried exhibit of 2D and 3D work.

Missy Fisher, Co-President of the Marblehead Arts said of the exhibit “This year, for the first time, we cast a wider net and opened our Call for Works to a national audience of artists. The response was overwhelming with almost 600 pieces submitted for consideration. This is an incredibly exciting endeavor for the Marblehead Arts. We are honored to be displaying the artwork of our talented members alongside the works of accomplished artists from across the country. We are proud and delighted to be able to provide such a visually impressive exhibit to our community.”

Three respected judges representing Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, the Newport Art Museum, and the Fuller Craft Museum juried the works for acceptance and judged for prizes. Three $1000 awards— one each in Fine Arts, Photography and 3D work— will be made and will be available for viewing on the MAA website on soon!

The MAA galleries are currently open to the public (adhering to CDC guidelines). The Variations exhibit will run from January 30 through March 14 and will be available for viewing in person Wednesday – Saturday. As with all Marblehead Arts exhibits, the artwork of Variations will be available for online viewing in a virtual exhibit located through the MAA

The Marblehead Arts Association is located at 8 Hooper Street, Marblehead, MA 01945.  Hours of Operation:  Wednesday through Sunday 12 to 5pm. To arrange for a private appointment to view the exhibit, please contact Executive Director Patti Baker at

Get to know the judges.

Judge: Fine Arts:
Cara Wolahan is an art historian and museum professional specializing in European painting from the early modern period. Cara studied Art History and Studio Art at Boston College, and received her MA degree in the History of Art and Architecture from Boston University. She has spent the last decade working with museums and galleries locally and internationally—from the Museo del’Opera del Duomo in Florence to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, where she now works as the Coordinator for the Art of Europe department. An artist herself, Cara’s perspective combines contemporary art practices with more traditional approaches to art history.​

Judge: Photography

Francine Weiss is an artist and photo historian who works with digital and handmade photography. She is currently a Curator at the Newport Art Museum, as well as core faculty in the New Hampshire Institute of Art’s MFA program. She has held curatorial positions at the PRC, National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, and Harvard University Art Museums. She has exhibited her work at the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Danforth Museum, Yeiser Art Center (KY), and TCC Photo Gallery (TX), the Photographic Resource Center (MA), and Plymouth Center for the Arts (MA). She enjoys integrating her knowledge of photo history and passion for the photographic object into her creative work.

Judge: 3-Dimensional Work
Beth C. McLaughlin is Chief Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA. Beth has held leadership and curatorial roles in the arts and museum fields for over 25 years at institutions across the U.S., including Fuller Craft Museum, Oakland Museum of California, and DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. She has curated over 45 exhibitions and has served as a juror for a number of cultural organizations, including American Craft Council, Fiber Art Now Excellence in Fibers, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Cherry Creek Arts Festival, and the City of Worcester. She has been published in several books and periodicals and is passionate about expanding awareness of the craft field, promoting the makers, and exploring the transformative powers of handmade objects.