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The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston and SOWA Galleries at 450 Harrison Street join forces to create citywide First Fridays event on Sept. 7


Just in time for the new school year, the ICA and SOWA galleries at 450 Harrison Street have joined forces to offer a fun new twist on art education—First Fridays: Back to School. Learn about Boston’s dynamic contemporary art scene from those best in the know: the city’s artists and curators. Mingle with local artists at the SOWA galleries, then head to the ICA for a relaxed, curator-led tour of the museum introducing you to today’s leading contemporary artists and art world trends.

Free trolleys will connect the two locations so visitors can experience the full range of events at the ICA and SOWA galleries. Trolleys will depart from the ICA and 450 Harrison Street every 30 minutes between 6-8:30pm. Trolley transportation generously provided by Super Tours.

This event is 21+.


Friday, Sept. 7, 5-10pm

Admission to SOWA First Friday is FREE.

Admission to ICA First Fridays is FREE for ICA members and $15 for the general public (ticket includes museum admission, all programs and live entertainment, and a complimentary drink).

Advanced reservations for ICA Members and non-members strongly suggested as the event can sell out.  There will be tickets available for ICA Member walk-ins starting at 5pm on the day of the event.

Tickets can be purchased at


At the ICA
  • 5-9pm: ICA galleries open. Exhibitions on view: Josiah McElheny: Some Pictures of the Universe, Os Gemeos, Swoon, Dianna Molzan and the ICA Collection

  •  6:30, 7:00, 7:30, and 8 pm: Tours of the ICA Collection and Dianna Molzan exhibitions

  •  5-9pm: DJ sets by C Dubs and AxH from Bassic
  • 9pm: Outdoor projection of Masters of the Universe, a short film related to the Josiah McElheny exhibition

At 450 Harrison Street
The following galleries and exhibitions will be open from 5:30-8pm:

  • Boston Sculptors Gallery
    Gillian Christy; Murray Dewart
  • Bromfield Art Gallery
    The Usual Suspects
  • Carroll & Sons
    Henry Horenstein, Honky Tonk
  • Chase Young Gallery
    Bernd Haussmann
  • Galatea Fine Art
    Becky Kisabeth Gibbs; Claudine Bing; Hannah Libman
  • Anthony Greaney
    Lucy Watson; Dead Art Star
  • Gallery Kayafas
    Julee Holcombe; Steel and Stones, Blood and Bones
  • Kingston Gallery
    Annual Member’s Exhibition
  • Samson
    Beverly Semmes & Nicole Cherubini
  • Soprafina Gallery
    Nona Hershey; All of the Above
  • Vessels Gallery
    Ellen Schon
  • Howard Yezerski Gallery
    Rhona Bitner; Images from the Series Listen
  • Steven Zevitas Gallery
    Chuck Webster

About SOWA First Friday
First Friday was established more than a decade ago by the group of pioneering gallerists who first opened spaces at 450 Harrison Avenue in Boston’s SOWA District, an area that has since become the center of Boston’s contemporary gallery scene. First Friday now attracts hundreds of attendants of all ages every month. Along with artist receptions, the evening often includes performances and other events aimed at increasing local awareness of the city’s vibrant art world.     

About ICA First Fridays
Art goes overtime at the ICA on the first Friday of the month with guest DJs, live performance, gallery talks, specialty drinks, and more. ICA First Fridays are FREE for ICA members; $15 nonmembers
(ticket includes museum admission, live entertainment, and a complimentary drink). These events are 21+.

About the ICA
An influential forum for multi-disciplinary arts, the Institute of Contemporary Art has been at the leading edge of art in Boston for 75 years. Like its iconic building on Boston's waterfront, the ICA offers new ways of engaging with the world around us. Its exhibitions and programs provide access to contemporary art, artists, and the creative process, inviting audiences of all ages and backgrounds to participate in the excitement of new art and ideas. The ICA, located at 100 Northern Avenue, is open Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. —5 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 10
a.m. —9 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. —5 p.m. Admission is $15 adults, $13 seniors and $10 students, and free for members and children 17 and under. ICA Free Admission for Youth is sponsored by State Street Foundation. Free admission on ICA Free Thursday Nights, 5—9 p.m. Free admission for families at ICA Play Dates (2 adults and children 12 and under) on the last Saturday of the month. For more information, call 617-478-3100 or visit our Web site at


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