programs & events

Holiday Happenings

Dickens Christmas Feast_740x266


The galleries are alive with holiday cheer! There are several ways to enjoy the Museum this holiday season:


Try a Holiday Workshop! 

Try your hand at something new, and create a wonderful handmade gift to give at the same time! Spots remain open inPapermaking Boot CampBatik Holiday GiftsScratching the Surface and Pattern Portraits

Or, bring the little ones to Winter Vacation Creation Camp, appropriate for ages 3-7. 


Give The Gift Of Membership To A Friend!

By supporting the Museum, members are entitled to a host of exclusive benefits:

• Free unlimited general admission

• 10% discount to Elizabeth Conklin Museum Shop

• Invitation to members-only events

• Discounts or free admission to events and special programs

• Discounts on classes at Coleman Center for Creative Studies

• Eligibility to join Photographers’ Guild

• Eligibility to submit artwork to the Newport Annual

Our Development Associate, Joanne Rodino, is happy to help you. She can be reached at (401) 619-7277.


Shop our Museum Shop!

Find a keepsake of your visit or that “just right” gift for someone special. A unique selection of art books, catalogues, jewelry, original art, exhibition merchandise, accessories and home décor. Visit our Museum Shop, located in the historic John N.A. Griswold House, today!


Or, join us for a holiday event!


Art After Dark

5 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)


Beautiful Boy Gallery talk with Lissa Rivera and BJ Lillis

Born out of conversations about femininity, fantasy and gender, Lissa Rivera's ongoing series of photographic portraits entitled "Beautiful Boy" depict her male partner dressed as a woman. Settings and garb borrowed heavily from visual culture, cinema and art history seek to upend the cliched notion of femininity as a weakness. In the work, gender is an opportunity for exploration, rather than a limitation imposed. Join us for a gallery talk with the artists, followed by the screening of Czech director Vera Chytilová’s 1966 film Daisies, which Rivera cites as being influential to the evolution of her "Beautiful Boy" series.

Daisies Film Screening

Created in the mid-1960s during a brief window of loosened restrictions that enabled visual experimentation in Communist Czechoslovakia, Daisies is widely regarded as the most influential film from what is now named the Czech New Wave. "The films produced during this stretch were so stylistically inquisitive, so sophisticated in their use of metaphor, and so unlike anything being made anywhere else in the world in tone and content that they grabbed the attention of the international film community." - Michael Koresky, Eclipse Series 32: Pearls of the Czech New Wave

Vera Chytilová’s absurdist farce is perhaps the New Wave's most anarchic film, and is widely considered one of the great works of feminist cinema. Described as Dadaist, madcap and radical, this wildly experimental narrative film follows the misadventures of two brash young women (Marie I and Marie II) as they embark on a series of outlandish antiestablishment pranks and refuse to play by the rules of the patriarchal culture around them.  

Come spend seventy-odd (very odd) minutes with the unforgettable Maries! 

Directed by Vera Chytilová
Czechoslovakia, 1966, 76 min

Watch the Trailer! 


Schedule of Events:

5:00 pm: Galleries open for Art After Dark
5:30 pm: Gallery Talk with Lissa Rivera and BJ Lillis
6:30 pm: Daisies screening, $5 donation 

TOP IMAGE: Lissa Rivera, My Swimsuit, 2015, Archival Pigment Print, 20 x 30 inches, Courtesy of the artist and ClampArt, New York, NY


JOIN our Facebook event!

Second Saturdays

10:30 am     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Find Your Rhythm and Make Some Noise! 

Back by popular demand, Miss Katie Fairhead will lead you on an exploration of rhythmic sounds and patterns through music and movement! Take a trek through the galleries on a Guided close looking tour and hunt for patterns. What would a low drum beat look like if you could see it? What about the whooshing of the wind? Using a variety of materials, make your own instrument, while learning the fundamentals of percussive sounds and beats. Can you make a sound you "saw" in one of the artworks in the gallery?  Take your special instrument home and keep the music going!

The Second Saturday program begins at 10:30 am, and is free with paid Museum admission.
(Admission for Adults is $15, and for Seniors and Active Military is $10. Admission for youth to age 18 and Museum Members is always free.)
Avoid Admission fees by Becoming a Member Today!