programs & events

Upcoming Events

newportFILM Screening

"Maurizio Cattelan: Be Right Back"

6 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

newportFILM outdoors, presented by Lila Delman Real Estate International, will present its last outdoor screening of the summer on the lawn of the Newport Art Museum. 

6:00 PM: venue & food vendors open

6:25 PM: pre-film music featuring: the mighty pines

7:35 PM (sunset): film, followed by conversation with dodie kazanjian
(VOGUE contributing editor)

free popcorn courtesy of KIEL JAMES PATRICK
on-site food vendors: boru noodle bar, acacia cafe food truck, tricycle ice cream & lemons aid
BYO picnic, chairs & blankets
bike racks on-site provided by bike newport
rain venue: casino theatre, 9 freebody street, newport

Suggested Donation: $5 



Art After Dark

Dab * Throw * Sketch * Print * DO!

5 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

New seasons call for new adventures, and for those of you who enjoy art-making and trying new media, September's Art After Dark is for you!  The galleries will be filled with opportunities to create art in a variety of ways, no matter what your skill level.  Take your seat at an easel in the Parlor Gallery to paint a watercolor version of one of the Museum's permanent collection landscape paintings. Coleman Center for Creative Studies watercolor instructor Jeannine Bestoso will share expert tips and techniques.  Haven't sketched a live model since Drawing 101 freshman year?  NEVER done it?  Join us at an easel in the Ilgenfritz Gallery!  Don't be shy - even if your figure has 2 heads and 3 arms, Coleman Center Instructor Peter Dickison will be there with plenty of words of encouragement!  Curious about printmaking and lithography?  Feel the magic of peeling a fresh print off the press with Coleman Center printmaking Instructor Meredith Fitzgerald.  Always wanted to try your hand at throwing a pot at a potter's wheel?  Have a seat!  This is a perfect opportunity to enjoy a hands-on primer in our clay studio led by Pell Award-winning Coleman Center Instructor Charlene Carpenzano. 

There is something for everyone at Art After Dark - music filling the galleries, scavenger hunts for the little (and not so little) ones, and Gallery Games to keep you puzzling.  We'll provide the art supplies, so bring your friends, grab a drink, and join us for a lively night of experimental art-making at the Museum and the Coleman Center for Creative Studies.  Come give art a whirl!  

Second Saturdays

Creative Movement

10 am     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

 The Newport Art Museum continues to engage and inspire the whole family with "Second Saturday" (September 10, 10a-12p), an engaging family-oriented program designed to inspire young minds and satisfy the curiosity of every member of the family.  Each Second Saturday is uniquely curated based on a theme, and includes a variety of activities geared for ages 3-10. This event joins the ranks of the many events and educational programs the Museum currently offers in its galleries at 76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport.   And the best news?  Admission is free or by donation!  So, reacquaint your family with the Newport Art Museum. Details are available at

This month, "Second Saturday" blurs the line between visual art and dance.  In the visual arts, color helps establish mood and can illustrate movement.  Take a closer look at specially selected pieces from the collection with one of our gallery guides, and then translate those moods and brush strokes into collaborative, interpretive, creative dance gestures, culminating in an original dance performance! We will welcome guest instructor Tricia Callahan from Gladding School of Dance!

Read / Eat / Chat

"Murder At Beechwood: A Guilded Newport Mystery" by Alyssa Maxwell

noon     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Join art lovers and avid readers for the monthly meeting of the Museum's book club. Read "Murder At Beechwood:  A Guilded Newport Mystery" by Alyssa Maxwell, bring a lunch and discuss!

Members: Free | Non-members: $5

Book Description:

Having turned down the proposal of Derrick Andrews, Emma Cross has no imminent plans for matrimony—let alone motherhood. But when she discovers an infant left on her doorstep, she naturally takes the child into her care. Using her influence as a cousin to the Vanderbilts and a society page reporter for the Newport Observer, Emma launches a discreet search for the baby’s mother.

One of her first stops is a lawn party at Mrs. Caroline Astor’s Beechwood estate. But an idyllic summer’s day is soon clouded by tragedy. During a sailboat race, textile magnate Virgil Monroe falls overboard. There are prompt accusations of foul play—and even Derrick Andrews falls under suspicion. Deepening the intrigue, a telltale slip of lace may link the abandoned child to the drowned man. But as Emma navigates dark undercurrents of scandalous indiscretions and violent passions, she’ll need to watch her step to ensure that no one lowers the boom on her…

The Newport String Project Season Opening Concert

2 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

The Newport Art Museum is pleased to host the launch of the Newport String Project's fourth season with a vibrant afternoon chamber music concert on October 9, at 2pm in the Historic N. A. Griswold House.  Featuring string quartets by Haydn and Schubert alongside rare duos by contemporary Icelandic composer Runnársdóttir, the event will also offer an opportunity to learn more about the Newport String Project’s plans for its fourth year. Project directors and violinists, EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks and Ealaín McMullin will be joined by guest musicians Tanya Maggi and Heath Marlow.


In its first three years, the Newport String Project has become a firm favorite for concert goers in Rhode Island and beyond. With its commitment to performing chamber music masterworks alongside rarely heard works by underrepresented composers, the project seeks to create dynamic and accessible concert experiences for all.


Learn more about the Newport String Project’s mission, community-based youth mentoring programs and upcoming season at



Franz Joseph Haydn String Quartet in E flat op 33 no 2 “The Joke”

Hildigunnar Runnársdóttir 10 Images for Two Violins

Franz Schubert String Quartet in a minor D. 804 “Rosamunde”


$25 Supporter ticket price 

$15 general admission ticket price 

$10 discounted ticket for Museum members 

All tickets include admission to the Museum

Seating is limited. Advance reservations recommended.


For tickets please call Callie Clarke at the Museum at 848-8200 x7983. 

Read / Eat / Chat

"Genius of Place: The Life Of Frederick Law Olmsted" by Justin Martin

noon     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Join art lovers and avid readers for the monthly meeting of the Museum's book club. Read "Genius of Place: The Life Of Frederick Law Olmsted" by Justin Martin, bring a lunch and discuss!

Members: Free | Non-members: $5

Book Descriptions:

Frederick Law Olmsted is arguably the most important historical figure that the average American knows the least about. Best remembered for his landscape architecture, from New York's Central Park to Boston's Emerald Necklace to Stanford University's campus, Olmsted was also an influential journalist, early voice for the environment, and abolitionist credited with helping dissuade England from joining the South in the Civil War. This momentous career was shadowed by a tragic personal life, also fully portrayed here.

Most of all, he was a social reformer. He didn't simply create places that were beautiful in the abstract. An awesome and timeless intent stands behind Olmsted's designs, allowing his work to survive to the present day. With our urgent need to revitalize cities and a widespread yearning for green space, his work is more relevant now than it was during his lifetime. Justin Martin restores Olmsted to his rightful place in the pantheon of great Americans.

Read / Eat / Chat

"Calvert Vaux and Touro Park: Did Calvert Vaux design the 1855 landscaping plan and the 1871 Music Stand?" by James Alan Egan

noon     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Join art lovers and avid readers for the monthly meeting of the Museum's book club. Read "Calvert Vaux and Touro Park: Did Calvert Vaux design the 1855 landscaping plan and the 1871 Music Stand?" by James Alan Egan, bring a lunch and discuss!

Members: Free | Non-members: $5

Book Description:

Carefully analyzing photos, maps, and newspapers from the 1800’s, research historian Jim Egan has concluded that Calvert Vaux created the 1855 landscape design for Touro Park in Newport, Rhode Island. Egan feels Calvert Vaux also designed the 1871 Music Stand, which stood near the middle of the park until the 1930’s. Who was Calvert Vaux? He was a noted building architect who designed mansions like Beaulieu and Beechwood along Bellevue Avenue. But Vaux was even more famous as a landscape architect. Along with Frederick Law Olmstead, he designed Central Park in Manhattan, Prospect Park in Brooklyn, and numerous parks across the Northeast. A breezy writing style and copious graphics (over 500 photos and illustrations) make this a fun read. Along the way, you’ll learn a thing or two about astronomy, the history of riddling, and architectural philosophy (the great rivalry between naturalists and monumentalists). Egan’s book reads like a detective novel, yet all of his conclusions are based on well-documented historical research. Around 1900, fill was hauled in to Touro Park. New walkways were made in the straight X-shaped pattern we see today. But the original serpentine walkways still exist, about a foot under the grass. Egan feels it would be exciting to bring back the original walkway design and make an exact reproduction of the original Music Stand!

Art Trip to MFA Boston

10 am     Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - 465 Huntington Avenue Boston, MA 02115

Join the Newport Art Museum on an Art Trip to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA.  For the cost of the trip you will receive round trip transportation to the MFA from NAM via deluxe coach, two light meals to enjoy on the ride, admission to the Museum along with entrance to the William Merritt Chase special exhibit.  

As a special feature of this art trip guests will also attend a lecture called "William Merritt Chase: Master of Pastel" given by: Marjorie Shelley, conservator at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.


Register online by clicking below or call 401-848-8200.