Past Exhibitions

Newport Annual

Members' Juried Exhibition 2017

February 4 – May 21, 2017     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. 


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.


Prize Categories

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. 


Artist Talk

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
Arnold Art
Atelier Newport
Sandra Craig
Jessica Hagen Fine Art + Design
Elizabeth Ann Kahane
Providence Picture Frame


Artwork Pick-up

Participating artists may pick up their artwork on the following dates. Please remember to bring packing material with you. Please email Molly Sabin with questions at msabin@newportartmuseum.org

Sunday, May 21 from 4 - 7 pm

Monday, May 22 from 10 am - 7 pm

Tuesday, May 23 from 10 am - 7 pm




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

People's Choice Award

Neal Personeus, Ready for the Rising Seas, sculpture/mixed media

For his win, Personeus receives a gift certificate for dinner for two to Stoneacre, which will reopen this summer at 28 Washington Square, Newport. 

The Newport Annual Members' Juried Exhibition will be on view through Sunday, May 21.