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About Western Avenue Studios

The fifth floor of Western Avenue Studios opened its 31 studio doors to working artists on September 1, 2005. The opening of the 4th and 3rd floor in 2006 and the opening of the A Mill's 2nd and 3rd floors in 2007 and completion of the 2nd floor studios in the main building, brings the total of working studios to 143 and the number of artists at Western Avenue to more than 215.

Since opening day, Western Avenue Studios has become an integral part of the cultural life of the city of Lowell. In addition to participating in the annual citywide Lowell Open Studios and holding monthly First Saturday Open Studios, WAS artists partner to offer numerous events throughout the year. The summer of 2009 marked the fourth year of the Summer Art Program for Children.  In 2009 WAS welcomed the Revolving Museum which provides educational programming to local high school aged artists and the Miracle Providers NorthEast who support children infected or affected by HIV/AIDS through performance based fundraising.  Also in 2009, The Space opened its doors in the B-Mill, providing music rehearsal space and a cafe.

The Western Avenue Studios Artist Association represents many of the artists at Western Avenue Studios. The organization provides outreach and develops partnerships with other cultural institutions in the city.

The artists at Western Avenue Studios are deeply grateful to BPV Lowell, LLC, developer of Western Avenue Studios. Without Karl, Justin and, Mollie, our dream of an affordable artist work space would not be a reality..

John Greenwald, 1942 - 2010


John Greenwald was a painter, a writer, a critic, a social commentator and most importantly a friend.  A little before 6pm on July 8, 2010 word came that John had left us.  From the beginning he was a staunch supporter of the Western Avenue community and his laughter would echo through the 5th floor hallways as we settled in to this new environment.  John was always there, with commentary, with support and with just the right words to get a group motivated.  We shall miss him terribly.