Congratulations to the 2023 Roddy prize winners, pictured above from left to right.

Gibbs Roddy, son of Frances Roddy, for whom the exhibition is named
Lauren Szumita, this year’s juror
Cyrus Whittier, second prize
Marla McLeod, first prize
Haley Johnson, third prize
Nancy Roberts, honorable mention
Doron Putka, honorable mention
Lauren Nauman, honorable mention
Kate James, Executive Director


Lauren Szumita is the Curator at the Fitchburg Art Museum where she oversees a rotating exhibition schedule featuring contemporary artists from New England as well as the permanent collection. Previously, she was the Curatorial Assistant of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Worcester Art Museum. She received her MA in the History of Art and Architecture from the University of Oregon and BA in Art History from Boston College.

Accepted Artists

24th Annual Frances N. Roddy Exhibition

Exhibition Artist(s):

Juried by Lauren Szumita

Exhibition Reception Date:

September 14, 5:30pm

Exhibition Opening:

September 14

Exhibition End Date:

October 22

Exhibition Year:


The Frances N. Roddy Open Competition is an annual exhibition competition and is one of Concord Art’s most exciting and competitive shows. The competition is named for a long-standing friend and artist member of the art association, Frances Roddy, whose family and friends endowed a prize to be given annually in her name to the best entry in this all media show. “Frances enjoyed participating in watercolor workshops around the world and taking watercolor classes from her longtime Association friend, Marjorie Young. With Marge’s support, Frances became fascinated with color. She particularly enjoyed watching sunsets and often remarked, ‘If I painted the colors I see right now, no one would believe what I put down on paper.’ Nevertheless, she never hesitated to do so, and developed a deep fascination with color during her later artistic years. Frances truly loved the Concord Art Association. In particular, she cherished the friendships she made with fellow artists through the many classes and exhibits in which she participated. She was very proud of being one of the Association’s distinguished artists. In short, Frances found the people and dynamism of the Art Association invigorating. Concord Art was a central, and wonderful, aspect of her life in Concord.” – Gibbs Roddy, Son

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