programs & events

Upcoming Events

 

 

Download the Calendar

Download our July - September 2017 calendar here! Or, send us an email to info@newportartmuseum.org and we'll mail one to you. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mystery at the Museum

7 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

"Vicious Victorians"

The summer season is in full swing, and the Victorian residents of Newport are hosting a talent show! Singers, ventriloquists, magicians and jugglers are competing to be named the first winner of "Newport's Got Talent". A panel of judges critiques the acts and you, the audience, get to decide who's moving to the next round, but, when someone's dreams are crushed... literally... the show stopping act is you becoming detectives! Search for clues - Question the suspects - and Vote for a Killer. Just don't become the next victim!

 

Admission:

Adults $30
Seniors (65+) & Active Military $25
Youths (17 & under) & Students $15

 

Museum Members:

Adults $25
Seniors (65+) & Active Military $20
Youths (17 & under) & Students $10

Coleman Center Sunday Summer Studio Hours

1 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

?NEW! Sunday Summer Studio Hours

The art studios at Coleman Center for Creative Studies will be open from 1 - 4 pm every Sunday afternoon from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Students enrolled in classes can use studio hours or any artists can “drop-in” to print, paint, draw or design for $24.00. You must purchase our clay in order to work in the Ceramics Studio.

SEE YOU IN THE STUDIOS ON SUNDAYS!

Mystery at the Museum

7 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

"Poison, Pens, & Poets"

The Beat Generation, those new bohemian hedonists who celebrate non-conformity and spontaneous creativity, have invaded Newport and the stuffy old guard don't know what to make of them! It's Ginsberg, Burroughs and Kerouac vs. Astor, Vanderbilt and Oelrichs and the only foreseeable winner will be YOU! Join this oil and water mix to witness as a peaceful sit-in turns murderous. Help solve the crime by searching through the museum for cryptic clues while trying to pry useful answers out of the suspects.

 

Admission:

Adults $30
Seniors (65+) & Active Military $25
Youths (17 & under) & Students $15

 

Museum Members:

Adults $25
Seniors (65+) & Active Military $20
Youths (17 & under) & Students $10

Coleman Center Sunday Summer Studio Hours

1 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

?NEW! Sunday Summer Studio Hours

The art studios at Coleman Center for Creative Studies will be open from 1 - 4 pm every Sunday afternoon from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Students enrolled in classes can use studio hours or any artists can “drop-in” to print, paint, draw or design for $24.00. You must purchase our clay in order to work in the Ceramics Studio.

SEE YOU IN THE STUDIOS ON SUNDAYS!

Museum & Coleman Center Closed

10 am     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Second Saturdays

10 am     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

The Whale Guitar Project - Saving Whales Through Song!

The ‘Whale Guitar” is traveling to the Newport Art Museum for Second Saturday! Bring all those artful, creative kids, musicians, artists, and whale lovers, too! The Whale Guitar was created by musician and activist Jen Long, to raise awareness of the plight of whales, and raise funds to protect them and their ocean home. Inspired by Herman Melville's great book "The Whale" (Moby Dick), the Whale Guitar is a sonic work of art that sings for whales in the hands of whale-loving guitarists! Through this experience she seeks to inspire support for Ocean Alliance, a nonprofit dedicated to the conservation of whales and their marine environment.  Appropriate since Ocean Alliance scientists are the ones that discovered whales sing!

Come hear more about the plight of whales and see this one-of-a-kind, American crafted, Melville-inspired, Whale Guitar up close!  

“This is a piece of American craft and folk art, but it is an instrument, too — it sounds and feels good, people are surprised,” Long said.

Each Second Saturday activity is free with paid Museum admission.

(Members and children under 5 always free.)

Become a Member today and enjoy free Museum Admission, discounted class and camp tuition, and more!

Surf Photography Workshop

1 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Sunday, Sep. 10, 1 - 8 PM

Members: $260 | Non-members: $300

Learn the basics of surf photography. In this workshop, students will go on the hunt for surf at the local beaches in Middletown and Newport and explore the various ways we can use natural light, aperture, and shutter speed to enhance a photograph. Dress appropriately for the weather and keep your fingers crossed for surf.

Don't miss Jason Evans' exhibition, "Boys of Summer: A Season with the Newport Gulls," on view through September 10th. 

 

 

Art After Dark

Fashion Design for the Stars: Leah Benjamin

5 – 9 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

 

Art / Design / Culture / Celebrity / Fashion with Designer Leah Benjamin

The Newport Art Museum and DESIGNxRI are celebrating DESIGN WEEK RI during Art After Dark with an exciting collaborative design event, Art / Design / Culture / Celebrity / Fashion with Designer Leah Benjamin at the Newport Art Museum.” Design Week RI is taking place all over our fair state with 55+ events over 12 days between Sept 13-24.  During this Art After Dark, we're pleased to present local fashion design heavy weight Leah Benjamin, who will share her work, inspiration, and her take on the intersection between art, culture and celebrity in the post millennium.

 

5 - 7:00 PM  COLEMAN CENTER "TRY IT NIGHT"

Try your hand at cross stitch and needlework with Instructor Sammi Alarie, or create a mini stop motion animation film based on a painting in the Museum's collection. These are just two of the many new classes offered this Fall at the Coleman Center for Creative Studies! The Fall class catalogue will be hot off the press, and Art After Dark is the perfect time to experiment, ask questions, craft and create your own mini film. Sign up for a class during Art After Dark and even receive a $15 tuition discount!

 

6:00 PM  GUIDED TOUR OF THE NEWPORT ART MUSEUM  

Enjoy a free guided tour of the Historic Griswold House illuminating the exceptional architecture, origins of the Newport Art Museum and it's ongoing legacy.  

 

6:30 PM  ART / DESIGN / CULTURE / CELEBRITY / FASHION WITH DESIGNER LEAH BENJAMIN

Leah Benjamin has worked as a fashion designer, educator, and artist for over 20 years. Her work for Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, and Tory Burch has been featured in Elle, Bazaar, W, Vogue, Paris Vogue, and the cover of Self and Surface, with additional designs worn on the red carpet by Naomi Watts, Jessica Alba and Liv Tyler.  

She is currently working in collaboration with the Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter, Ms. Lauryn Hill, for the 2017 North American Tour. Ms. Hill and Nas, one of the great kings of hip-hop, will perform in Boston at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion on Tuesday, September 12 (just 2 days before this talk!). 

This unique event will allow us a glimpse behind the scenes of a Rhode Island native, whose path has led her around the world and back home, where she lives an intentionally secluded life, on her farm in Hopkinton, RI. Ms. Benjamin received her BFA from Parsons School of Design in New York, NY. She has also been an arts educator for over 20 years, including faculty, critic, outreach and teaching at RISD, The Newport Art Museum, The Art Institute of NYC, The MOMA and The Art Students League of NY.  

 
Art After Dark is free for Members, $10 suggested donation for Non-members.  Cash bar and light refreshments.

Speaker Presentation is Free, but due to limited seating, preregistration via the link below is recommended. 

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Read / Eat / Chat

”Grant Wood: A Life” by R. Tripp Evans

noon     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Join art lovers and avid readers for the monthly meeting of the Museum's book club. Read ”Grant Wood: A Life” by R. Tripp Evans, bring a lunch and discuss!

Members: Free | Non-members: $5

 

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Wood claimed to be “the plainest kind of fellow you can find. There isn’t a single thing I’ve done, or experienced, that’s been even the least bit exciting.” He was one of America’s most famous regionalist painters; to love his work was the equivalent of loving America itself. In his time, he was an “almost mythical figure,” recognized most supremely for his hard-boiled farm scene, American Gothic, a painting that has come to reflect the essence of America’s traditional values-a simple, decent, homespun tribute to our lost agrarian age.  

 

Read / Eat / Chat

“The Devil and Dr. Barnes: Portrait of and American Art Collector” by Howard Greenfeld

noon     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Join art lovers and avid readers for the monthly meeting of the Museum's book club. Read “The Devil and Dr. Barnes: Portrait of and American Art Collector” by Howard Greenfeld, bring a lunch and discuss!

Members: Free | Non-members: $5

 

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Albert Coombs Barnes, one of the most eccentric, controversial figures of the early twentieth-century art world, springs vividly from the pages of  this biography. The Devil and Dr. Barnes traces the near-mythical journey of a man who was born into poverty, amassed a fortune through the promotion of a popular medicine, and acquired the premier private collection of works by such masters as Renoir, Matisse, Cézanne, and Picasso.

Ostentatiously turning his back on the art establishment, Barnes challenged the aesthetic sensibilities of an uninitiated, often resistant and scoffing, American audience. In particular, he championed Matisse, Soutine, and Modigliani when they were obscure or in difficult straits. Analyzing what he saw as the formal relationships underlying all art, linking the old and the new, Barnes applied these principles in a rigorous course of study offered at his Merion foundation.

Barnes's own mordant words, culled from the copious printed record, animate the narrative throughout, as do accounts of his associations with notables of the era--Gertrude and Leo Stein, Bertrand Russell, and John Dewey among them--many of whom he alienated with his appetite for passionate, public feuds. In this rounded portrait, Albert Barnes emerges as a complex, flawed man, who--blessed with an astute eye for greatness--has left us an incomparable treasure, gathered in one place and unforgettable to all who have seen it.

Read / Eat / Chat

“The Art of the Con: The Most Notorious Fakes, Frauds, and Forgeries in the Art World" by Anthony M. Amore

noon     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Join art lovers and avid readers for the monthly meeting of the Museum's book club. Read “The Art of the Con: The Most Notorious Fakes, Frauds, and Forgeries in the Art World" by Anthony M. Amore, bring a lunch and discuss!

Members: Free | Non-members: $5

 

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Art scams are today so numerous that the specter of a lawsuit arising from a mistaken attribution has scared a number of experts away from the business of authentication and forgery, and with good reason. Art scams are increasingly convincing and involve incredible sums of money. The cons perpetrated by unscrupulous art dealers and their accomplices are proportionately elaborate.

Anthony M. Amore's The Art of the Con tells the stories of some of history's most notorious yet untold cons. They involve stolen art hidden for decades; elaborate ruses that involve the Nazis and allegedly plundered art; the theft of a conceptual prototype from a well-known artist by his assistant to be used later to create copies; the use of online and television auction sites to scam buyers out of millions; and other confidence scams incredible not only for their boldness but more so because they actually worked. Using interviews and newly released court documents, The Art of the Con will also take the reader into the investigations that led to the capture of the con men, who oftentimes return back to the world of crime. For some, it's an irresistible urge because their innocent dupes all share something in common: they want to believe.