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Early this year, the Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) asked the public to submit original artwork that depicts the theme of “Breaking Barriers” and received dozens of amazing entries from talented individuals across the Commonwealth.  MOD would like to thank all participants for submitting their work.

Our jury has selected pieces that they determined would best reflect the theme of “Breaking Barriers.”A central purpose in holding this exhibition is to showcase the talent of our Commonwealth residents and to present works to the public that will raise awareness of and challenge the barriers and stigma that persons with disabilities may encounter.

The exhibit will be open to the public for two weeks during regular State House hours:

When: November 14 – 24, 2017, Open Monday through Friday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Where:  Massachusetts State House, Fourth Floor exhibition space, 122 Bowdoin Street – Ashburton Park entrance (accessible entrance), Boston, MA 02133

Please note the State House is closed to the public on weekends and holidays.

COMING SOON: This post will be updated with a gallery of the works of art being displayed in the exhibit.




Pops Peterson, Artist in Residence, Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination;
Marian Brown, Founding Executive Director, Arts Connect International;
David D’Arcangelo, Director, Massachusetts Office on Disability;
Dan Serig, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Massachusetts College of Art & Design;
Charles J. Washburn, Vice President & COO, VSA Massachusetts

Read the juror biographies: WORD docx format of Juror Bios ; PDF pdf format of Juror Bios

By participating in the call for art, all artists have shared their talent to help MOD challenge and raise awareness of the barriers that many of us encounter. With about 1,500 employees and approximately 4,000 visitors passing through the State House daily, the exhibition will surely make an impact.



To request reasonable accommodation(s), please contact Evan Bjorklund, MOD’s ADA Coordinator at 617-727-7440 x27324 or by email at

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