The Newport Art Museum has been enthusiastically collecting American art and contemporary art by Rhode Island artists for the past thirty years. Comprised of drawings, photographs, prints, paintings, furniture, sculpture, mixed media, and installation works, the permanent collection includes approximately 3,000 works of art. This exhibition showcases a selection of the Museum's recent acquisitions by contemporary artists Jesse Burke, Nicole Chesney, Kathie Florsheim, Nicholas Mele, and Mary Dondero and by nineteenth-century American artists J.A.S. Monks and John Noble Barlow. These works share an interest in nature, the ephemeral, and light, as well as a sense of reticence achieved through the use of soft colors, lines, and forms.