exhibitions

Past Exhibitions

Still Life Lives:

Rhode Island Perspectives

June 4 – September 18, 2016

In Rhode Island, the traditional genre of still life painting flourished in the first half of the 20th century among artists at the Rhode Island School of Design, as well as the Art Association of Newport (now the Newport Art Museum). John Frazier, Gordon Peers, Florence Leif, Louise Marianetti and Marion Carry among them, reacted differently to strains of European modernism. "Still Life Lives" showcases the work of these artists, along with a selection of contemporary Rhode Island artists working in still life.

Still Life Lives:

Rhode Island Perspectives

Still Life Lives:

Rhode Island Perspectives

This Newport:

Photographs by Thomas Palmer

May 21 – September 5, 2016

In the 2015 Newport Annual Members Juried Exhibition, Thomas Palmer received the Newport Art Museum award, resulting in this exhibition of photographs that take a fresh look at Newport. Palmer is renowned for making half-tone separation negatives for reproduction of fine photographs, a skill learned in a four-year apprenticeship to master printer Richard Benson. But it is "the other" Thomas Palmer, the photographer, who is showcased in "This Newport."

This Newport:

Photographs by Thomas Palmer

This Newport:

Photographs by Thomas Palmer

Of Water & Bone

New Work by Gayle Wells Mandle and Julia Mandle

May 14 – August 9, 2016

In "Of Water & Bone," mother and daughter artists Gayle Wells Mandle and Julia Barnes Mandle address both environmental and humanitarian issues relevant to our fragile planet. With exhibition support from the Robertson Foundation.

Of Water & Bone

New Work by Gayle Wells Mandle and Julia Mandle

Of Water & Bone

New Work by Gayle Wells Mandle and Julia Mandle

February 6 – May 22, 2016

Cushing Gallery

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.

Newport Annual Members' Juried Exhibition 2016

Newport Annual Members' Juried Exhibition 2016

Jason E. Smith

Outer Myths

January 16 – May 15, 2016

Wright Gallery

Artist Jason E. Smith finds fascination in the various historical and mythological ideas that permeate civilization, tracing paths of ceremonialism, life and death, fertility, and war across numerous cultures. With references to mysticism, religion, and symbolism, "Outer Myths" reads into the obscure nature of lore, and its ability to create and transform a cultural identity.

Jason E. Smith

Outer Myths

Jason E. Smith

Outer Myths

Paintings: Recent Acquisitions

February 6 – May 15, 2016

Studio Gallery

In 2015, the Newport Art Museum was graced with the donations of two large, riveting paintings that will be exhibited in the Griswold House's Studio Gallery (the Museum's former painting studio) this winter and spring, along with other additional paintings recently acquired for the Museum's permanent collection.

Paintings: Recent Acquisitions

Paintings: Recent Acquisitions

Mary Dondero

Small Points in Time

January 16 – May 1, 2016

Ilgenfritz Gallery

Mary Dondero's exhibition, "Small Points in Time," draws inspiration from both natural environment and the artist's individual sense of place. Rather than pin down a simple, observable subject, this exhibition aims to instead capture and abstract the hidden beauty behind the elusive, fleeting feelings and experiences within the "constant state of impermanence in which we live."

Mary Dondero

Small Points in Time

Mary Dondero

Small Points in Time

Reviving Durr Freedley

Newport's Forgotten Artist

September 26, 2015 – January 18, 2016

Cushing Gallery

This exhibition explores the many artistic connections and contributions of Durr Freedley, and includes portraits, drawings, ecclesiastical designs and architectural drawings from Newport’s “forgotten” artist.

Reviving Durr Freedley

Newport's Forgotten Artist

Reviving Durr Freedley

Newport's Forgotten Artist

September 26, 2015 – January 17, 2016

Studio Gallery

This annual exhibition showcases photography by members of the Photographers’ Guild of the Newport Art Museum. Experience people, places and things through a variety of lenses.

Photographers' Guild Members' Exhibition 2015

Photographers' Guild Members' Exhibition 2015

A Series of Minor Miracles

Elizabeth Duffy & Brian Miller

September 5, 2015 – January 10, 2016

Wright Gallery

This body of work is a collaboration between sculptor Elizabeth Duffy and photographer Brian Miller. The images and objects on view in the exhibition draw direct inspiration from Jan Van Eyck’s Arnolfini Portrait, an iconic 1434 painting that art historians have decoded for centuries, and which initially interested both Duffy and Miller for very different reasons.

A Series of Minor Miracles

Elizabeth Duffy & Brian Miller

A Series of Minor Miracles

Elizabeth Duffy & Brian Miller

Art League of Rhode Island

Members' Exhibition

September 5, 2015 – January 3, 2016

Ilgenfritz Gallery

The ALRI Members’ Exhibition at the Museum is a celebratory exhibit that showcases the exciting work being made by talented artists in the state. Like the similar collaboration in 2006, this fall’s exhibit will bring together a varied body of work from numerous contemporary RI artists.

Art League of Rhode Island

Members' Exhibition

Art League of Rhode Island

Members' Exhibition

The Eternal Feminine

Icons and Images From Regional Collections

May 30 – September 13, 2015

Cushing Gallery

Art history provides a wealth of female symbolism, while many contemporary artists have continued to embrace the feminine muse. World cultures have both celebrated and demonized the female in mythology and religion. This exhibition will present a variety of female “icons” and “images.”

The Eternal Feminine

Icons and Images From Regional Collections

The Eternal Feminine

Icons and Images From Regional Collections