New England inspired impressionism at the art center

May 21, 2021

The Marion Art Center will host a new exhibit starting June 4: “Willoughby Elliott: A Retrospective.” 

The show will feature paintings, serigraph prints and ceramic vessels by the late artist, spanning over thirty years. 

Elliot’s works are impressionistic, containing gestural brush strokes of vibrant color which highlight a New England feel. 

Elliott was born in California in 1943. He earned a Master in Fine Arts in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design in 1967 and went on to chair the Department of Fine Arts at the College of Visual and Performing Arts at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, where he was Professor of Painting and Printmaking. 

Starting out as a printmaker, he was later known for his paintings featuring local landscapes, which he exhibited at galleries and museums throughout New England. Elliott passed on April 12, 2016 at age 72. 

The art center exhibit runs from June 4 to July 16, with an Opening Night Viewing scheduled on Friday, June 4 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. The number of guests allowed in the galleries at one time will be limited, but visitors may mingle outdoors on the Marion Art Center lawn during the event. “Art in Bloom @ the MAC” is also scheduled during the retrospective. Visitors can view floral arrangements inspired by Elliott’s works, June 24-26. 

This exhibition is presented by the Marion Art Center in partnership with the College of Visual and Performing Arts at UMass Dartmouth. One third of all proceeds from sales will support the Willoughby Elliott Endowed Scholarship Fund at the College of Visual and Performing Arts. The fund will help provide a scholarship to a full time undergraduate in their junior or senior year with a preference for a painting major with financial need as determined by the Financial Aid office at UMass Dartmouth. 

Additional donations to the fund can be sent to the Office of Advancement Services.

 For more information about the show, visit Contact the art center by calling 508-748-1266 or by emailing