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Outdoor Public Art Exhibition: XTCA — Cross Town Contemporary Art

Event Details

July 1—November 1, 2018

All Campus

Free admission
Betsey Wolfson

Thirteen artists and architects have created outdoor installations on the UMass Amherst campus and in the town of Amherst, connecting “town and gown” in innovative ways.

A dozen outdoor public sculptures are installed along the North Pleasant Street corridor from the Fine Arts Center area of campus to downtown’s Kendrick Park. They will remain in place for public viewing until Nov. 1. 

XTCA: Cross Town Contemporary Art is an outdoor public art exhibition that seeks to reveal our interconnectedness as citizens and to highlight the gateway district between downtown Amherst and the University of Massachusetts. The University Museum of Contemporary Art (UMCA) has partnered with the UMass Architecture Department and the Town of Amherst to build an art and culture bridge — a series of public sculptures — to activate the North Pleasant Street corridor and connect downtown to campus. The exhibition features work by 13 nationally-recognized artists, local artists, and members of the academic community. Visitors may enjoy an audio tour of the exhibition at:

The goal of XTCA is to generate a robust public dialogue about the value of art and culture in building community. To this end, we will present a full-day public symposium and exhibition-route parade on Saturday, September 22.

Artists and projects are:

Around the Fine Arts Center and on upper Massachusetts Avenue

  • Collective LOK, “Framing”
  • Rob Swainston, “Free the Press”
  • Naomi Darling and Darrell Petit, “Solar Time”
  • Josephine Halvorson, “Tree Measure (Amherst)”

North Pleasant Street across from Massachusetts Avenue

  • Pamela Matsuda-Dunn, “Bridging Our Community”
  • Roberly Bell, “A Visitor and One Other”

North Pleasant Street at the former Fraternity Green

  • Tom Friedman, “Ghost Shed”
  • Benjamin S. Jones, “All the Time in the World”

Kendrick Park, Downtown Amherst

  • Erika Zekos, “Common Sounding”
  • Sarah Braman, “Day Trip”
  • Harold Grinspoon, “Family Reunion”
  • Gary Orlinsky “Gioco”

Opening Reception: Friday, September 21, 5-7 p.m.

Symposium: Saturday, September 22, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. John W. Olver Design Building

Parade: Saturday, September 22, 4-5 p.m. UMCA to downtown Amherst




Event Category

Art Exhibit