programs & events

Upcoming Events

Fall Exhibitions Opening Reception

5 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Join the fun, see wonderful new art!

Thomas Russell  50 Years: Selected Paintings

James Watkins: Reminiscence

2015 NetWorks 2016

Photographers' Guild Members' Exhibition

2015 NetWorks 2016

World Premiere of 2016 NetWorks videos by Richard Goulis

1:30 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Join us for the world premiere of the 2016 NetWorks videos by Richard Goulis. The videos accompany the the fifth and final NetWorks exhibition at 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.


The 2015 NetWorks 2016 exhibition will be on view at the Newport Art Museum October 1, 2016 - January 16, 2017.  Learn more here >

Second Saturday

10 am     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

This month, "Second Saturdays" will take a closer look at the many faces of the Museum.  We have portraits everywhere!  What can we tell about the figures from the way they are portrayed by the artists?  How do the color palette, painting style and pose communicate their personality and attitude?  Children will create their own portrait or self-portrait, and then enjoy having their face painted to look like a favorite Museum face!

Join us for an inspired morning at the Museum!

Preregister HERE


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 or

Art After Dark

5 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Meet Francine Weiss, our new Curator!  

This month marks another exciting new beginning for the Museum as we welcome our new Curator, Ms. Francine Weiss.  Join Ms. Weiss on a tour of the galleries and a lively dialogue with exhibiting artists from the "2015 NetWorks 2016" exhibition.  It's a wonderful opportunity to come get to know her!  Exhibiting Artist James Watkins will begin the evening with a gallery talk on his glass exhibit "Reminiscence" at 6pm in the Wright Gallery.

And for those of you who enjoy art-making, the Ilgenfritz Gallery will be set up with live model portrait sketching.  No matter what your skill level, take a seat at an easel and make your mark.  We'll provide paper and charcoal, or bring your own materials.  Coleman Center Instructor Peter Dickison will be there with plenty of words of encouragement!  

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.  Meet friends or bring a date, get a drink, and and enjoy a lively night of inspired conversation and artful adventure!

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.