exhibitions

Past Exhibitions

October 1, 2016 – January 16, 2017

We welcome the fifth and final NetWorks exhibition back to the Newport Art Museum this fall. Produced by Joseph A. Chazan, M.D., NetWorks has been an ongoing project showcasing and recording the work, achievements, methods and profiles of Rhode Island artists, each year since 2008. NetWorks 2015-2016 celebrates the creative energy of the state with video profiles of 24 artists by Richard Goulis, portraits of the artists by Scott Lapham, and an exhibition in the Newport Art Museum’s Cushing Gallery. A catalogue designed by Malcolm Grear Designers accompanies the exhibition. World premiere of NetWorks videos by Richard Goulis: October 2, 1:30

2015 NetWorks 2016

2015 NetWorks 2016

October 1, 2016 – January 15, 2017

This annual exhibition showcases photography by members of the Photographs' Guild of the Newport Art Museum. Letting visitors experience people, places and things through a variety of lenses. Visit NewportPhotoGuild.org for more information.

James Watkins

Reminiscence

September 10, 2016 – January 8, 2017

James Watkins makes sculpture and vessels from glass. He grew up in coastal Louisiana, and throughout his life, forms from nature, flora and fauna, have been his constant inspiration. He writes, “The curvaceous volume found in a seedpod, a bird’s wing or a boat’s hull, have all become part of my artistic vocabulary. The fluid melding of forms such as the spout of a pitcher with a ducks head seems a natural metamorphosis. Transformation and unlikely combinations reveal affinities in disparate objects.” Watkins came north and attained a BA in art history from Eisenhower College, in Seneca Falls, New York, in 1977, and an MFA in sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design, in 1981. He has taught at RISD and Pilchuk Glass School, and is represented in the collections of the RISD Museum and the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery, among others. Watkins and his wife, artist Elizabeth Pannell, own and operate the Pe├án Doubulyu Glass studio in Providence.

James Watkins

Reminiscence

James Watkins

Reminiscence

Thomas Russell

50 Years: Selected Paintings

September 3, 2016 – January 1, 2017

Gallery talk with the artist: Sunday, October 16, 2 pm Thomas Russell held his first solo exhibition at the Art Association of Newport (now the Newport Art Museum) in 1971. Since that time the artist has been exploring ideas and abstraction in his work, presented in series that he has divided into stylistic and iconographic modes. Russell writes, “My work, inspired by poetic things and ideas, seeks to express the radiant effect of their union. Sometimes a thing is first to appear and I search for the idea hiding within its form. Sometimes the idea is first to be known and I look for the form to embody it. Sometimes the thing and the idea emerge together and the painting produces itself.” Thomas Russell received his BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. His paintings have been exhibited in Rhode Island, New York and North Carolina. From 1979 through 2011 Russell was an adjunct professor of art history and visual art at Rhode Island School of Design, Providence College, Bryant University and Roger Williams University. Russell and his artist wife, Teresa, live on Prudence Island.

Thomas Russell

50 Years: Selected Paintings

Thomas Russell

50 Years: Selected Paintings

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