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​Please join us for our upcoming events:

Fall 2018

*RESCHEDULED* Opening Reception for the Fall Exhibitions
Join us for a festive evening to celebrate the opening of our fall shows.
Friday, October 5, 6:00–​8:00 pm Friday, September 14, 6:00–8:00 pm 

Gallery Talk: Paul Manship and His Artistic Legacy
Manship Artists Residency + Studios (MARS) President Rebecca Reynolds and Addison Gallery Associate Director and Robert M. Walker Curator of Art before 1950, Emerita Susan Faxon will discuss the significant work of Paul Manship, his influential presence in Gloucester, and his connection to the Addison. This event will take place at the Addison and is offered as part of Essex National Heritage Area’s Trails & Sails program; learn more at​.
Sunday, September 30, 2:00 pm 

For Freedoms Sign Making Kickoff
Join the Addison in participating in the country’s largest public art project. Inspired by Norman Rockwell’s paintings of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms, For Freedoms​ projects use art as vehicle for participation to deepen public discussions on civic issues and core values. Drop by the Addison to create and publicly display your own definitions of freedom by completing statements on lawn signs that begin with “Freedom of,” “Freedom to,” “Freedom for,” and "Freedom from.” The event is free and all materials will be provided. After the kickoff event, signs will continue to be available at the Visitor Services desk until they run out. As they are completed, the signs will be displayed outside the Addison through Election Day, Tuesday, November 6.
Wednesday, October 24, 11:30 am​–9:00 pm

Contemplating the View Gallery Tours ​
Exhibition Curator Allison Kemmerer will lead visitors through the galleries to discuss the themes and works presented in the exhibition. The program will be offered twice. Organized with Andover’s Memorial Hall Library, the events are free, but space is limited. Please register online at​ or call 978.623.8430.
Wednesday, October 24, 7:00 pm ​
Thursday, October 25, 11:00 am 

Artist Talks: Starfield through Contemporary Lenses
The first MARS artists-in-residence will discuss their work and their experiences exploring the Manship estate.
Barbara Bosworth and S. Billie Mandle: Sunday, October 28, 2:00 pm
Justin Kimball and Abelardo Morell: Sunday, December 2, 2:00 pm 

Friends of the Addison Event: Tour of Manship Artists Residency + Studios (MARS)
Friends of the Addison are invited to join us for a tour of MARS in Gloucester. Explore Paul Manship’s former estate and summer home, inspiration for many of the works included in From Starfield to MARS, with MARS President Rebecca Reynolds. Light refreshments will be offered. For reservations or to join Friends of the Addison, please contact Anna Gesing at 978.749.4023 or
By reservation: Saturday, November 3, 2:00 pm 

ART 400 Exhibition Opening Reception
This fall, students in the Phillips Academy course Visual Culture: Curating the Addison Collection will curate an exhibition of works from the Addison’s holdings following their investigation of the question “What is America?”
Wednesday, November 14, 5:00–6:30 pm ​

All Addison programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.