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A Mirror to the World: Two Centuries of Collecting

Presented by Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery, College of the Holy Cross at Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester MA

Jan 24 2022
Feb 20 2022
A Mirror to the World: Two Centuries of Collecting

Detail of illustration by Georges Barbier, from the Fatherless Children of France catalogue, 1918, Archives and Distinctive Collections, College of the Holy Cross, photo by John Buckingham.

This exhibition explores the question: what is an art collection for Holy Cross, what is its purpose, and how do we plan for its future?

Since its founding in the mid-19th century, the College of the Holy Cross has attracted gifts of art and precious objects to its campus. Given by alumni, faculty, and other friends of the College, these works are meant to support both the liberal arts ideas and curriculum for Holy Cross students past, present, and future. As we transition into a new space, the Cantor Art Gallery seizes the opportunity to study, contemplate, and prepare its collections; as well as to consider them in

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Admission to the gallery is free.

Contact: 508-793-3356


Additional time info:


Monday, January 31, 4.30 p.m.
Virtual Event (Zoom webinar)
An Art Collection for Holy Cross: Past, Present, and Future
James Welu, Director Emeritus, Worcester Art Museum in conversation with Meredith Fluke, Director, Cantor Art Gallery

Wednesday, February 16, 12.15 – 1 p.m.
Gallery Talk (in person)
Two Centuries of Collections for Teaching
Amy Adams, Professor, Russian Studies and
Susan Rodgers, Professor Emerita, Anthropology

Thursday, February 10, 4.30 p.m.
Virtual Event (Zoom meeting)
Conserving Holy Cross Collections
Theresa Carmichael, Paintings Conservator and Susan Jackson, Frames Conservator

Register for Zoom virtual events on the Cantor’s website.


Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery, College of the Holy Cross

1 College Street, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA 01610


Limited parking may be available on Linden Lane through the main gate, or visitors may proceed up College Street to find additional parking by taking a left through Gate 7 at the top of the hill.

Parking is to the right of the Hogan Campus Center (the second building on the left with the large silver cross on it). Proceed on foot down the stairs to the right of the Campus Center. At the bottom of the stairs, head left toward the library. Follow the steps to the right of the library down to Linden Lane. O’Kane Hall, the building with the clock tower, will be on the right. Proceed up the stairs in front of the building. The Cantor Art Gallery will be facing you as soon as you enter through the doors.


    • Wheelchair Access

For assistance with handicap access call the gallery's office at 508-793-3356.

COVID-19 Phased Reopening Details

Face Masks Required: Yes
Social Distancing: Yes
Limited Capacity: Yes
Reservations Required: No
Proof of Vaccination Required: Yes

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