One of the Newport Art Museum's most anticipated annual events, this exhibition highlights top talent from the region, bringing together an eclectic mix of art sourced from Rhode Island and beyond. Entries are open, calling established and emerging artists alike to submit their work for exposition and review. The resulting mix of art on display is always surprising and diverse, showcasing the varied interests and focus of our region's passionate artists.
This year marks the 30th Newport Annual Members’ Juried Exhibition. The Newport Art Museum is privileged to have Sarah Kennel, Byrne Family Curator of Photographs at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA, as juror.
Prior to joining PEM in 2015, Dr. Kennel was an Associate Curator in the Department of Photographs at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., where she curated and contributed to a vast array of exhibitions for fifteen years. Some of her past exhibitions include “The Art of Romare Bearden,” “Irving Penn: The Platinum Prints,” “The Art of the Snapshot, 1888-1978: From the Collection of Robert E. Jackson,” “Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris,” “Garry Winogrand,” and “The Serial Portrait: Photography and Identity in the Last One Hundred Years.” In addition, she has curated interdisciplinary shows combining painting, photography, video, and textiles. She recently curated “Samuel F.B. Morse’s Gallery of the Louvre and the Art of Invention” at PEM, and, in 2018, she will open a major traveling show of photographer Sally Mann’s work entitled “Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings,” which she jointly curated with the National Gallery of Art. Dr. Kennel earned her B.A. from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in art history at University of California, Berkeley.
Prizes will be awarded in painting, watercolor, prints/pastels/drawings, three-dimensional, photography/video, mixed media and “Best-in-Show.”
New this year! A student prize will also be awarded. To be eligible for the student prize, you must be a full-time student and bring a school ID or proof of enrollment with you to drop-off.
An Artist Talk with the Annual award winners will take place on Thursday, April 13 at 6 pm during Art After Dark, at the Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. The talk is free and Art After Dark is free or by donation.
This year's exhibition is generously sponsored by:
Cathy and Arthur Bert, Bert Gallery
Jessica Hagen Fine Art + Design
Elizabeth Ann Kahane
Providence Picture Frame
BEST IN SHOW | Sponsored by Elizabeth Ann Kahane and Providence Picture Frame
Jemison Faust, What Lies Beneath #18, Mixed Media
1ST DRAWING/PRINTS/PASTELS | Sponsored by an Anonymous Donor
Susan Fossati, Firebird, Finding the Fire Within, Pastel
Honorable Mention | Whitney Overocker, American Rat Pack, Pencil on paper
1ST MIXED MEDIA | Sponsored by Cathy and Arthur Bert, Bert Gallery
Christine Landgraf, Feathers, Acrylic with chicken feathers and chicken wire
Honorable Mention | Doug Stearns, Untitled, Mixed Media
1ST PHOTOGRAPHY | Sponsored by Jessica Hagen Fine Art + Design
Howard Rotblat-Walker, Primaries #3, Digital photograph/archival print
Honorable Mention | Jodie Mim Goodnough, The Yellow Wallpaper, Archival inkjet print
1ST PAINTING | Sponsored by Atelier Newport
Frank Gasbarro, Looking, Oil on canvas
Honorable Mention | Emily Sorlien, Spring/Summer Diptych, Oil on maple
1ST THREE-DIMENSIONAL | Sponsored by Arnold Art
Glenn Gardiner, Switch - 2017 Gender Identity Crisis, Masonite, PVC, cedar and autobody paint
Honorable Mention | Michael Watson, Untitled, Wood
1ST WATERCOLOR | Sponsored by Sandra Craig
Edmund Ferszt, The Fourth of 4 Elements: Water Melting, Watercolor
Student Prize | Sponsored by an Anonymous Donor
Alistair Liptak, Food for Thought, Watercolor and paper
Visitors to the Newport Art Museum will decide the 2017 "People's Choice Award". Visitors may vote for their favorite piece, once per visit, through May 18, 2017.