programs & events

Public Programs

Newport String Project's Season Finale Concert

2 pm     Ilgenfritz Gallery

The Newport String Project’s fourth season comes to a festive close at the Newport Art Museum on Sunday, May 28th at 2pm. Project directors and violinists, EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks and Ealain McMullin will be joined by guest musicians Sarah Hill (viola) and Chelsea Bernstein (cello) for an edge-of-the-seat program of string quartets by Haydn and Schumann. From the boisterous rumpus of Haydn’s Quartet in D major, op 50 no 2 (“The Frog”) to the impassioned poetry of Schumann’s Quartet in a minor, it promises to be a compelling afternoon of chamber music to spark the imagination. 


Museum Members $10
Non-Members $15
Newport String Project Supporters $25

Tickets include admission to the Museum. 

104th Annual Meeting of the Membership

5 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

Guest Speaker: Vin Di Bona

A native of Rhode Island, Vin Di Bona is an Emmy award-winning producer as well as recipient of the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award for his work in documentary programming.

Members: Free, Non-members: $5

Seating is limited. Reservations required.
RSVP by May 26 to Joanne Rodino at or (401) 848-8200 x7277.

Drinks with Designers

5:30 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)

The Newport Art Museum and DESIGNxRI invite you to join us in a collaborative design event,  “Drinks with Designers.” Come mingle in the historic Griswold House, have a drink, and be inspired by art and design in Rhode Island! We’ll spotlight two industry professionals, from two different design disciplines, who will present their work and share their inspiration.

This event will welcome Kelly Knapp of Studio KCK and Warren Barker, instructor of Boatbuilding and Restoration at IYRS.


Kelly Knapp

Studio KCK

Kelly Knapp, Studio KCK, is a multidisciplinary artist, architect, & visual designer specializing in creative direction, experience design, installation art and branding. Her practice has varied widely from commercial architecture, landscape architecture & interiors to multimedia installations, window display, exhibition design, styling and brand strategy. All of her experiences have strengthened her craft of storytelling and her understanding of the relationship between viewer & space, both as artist & designer.

Kelly graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with her Masters in Landscape Architecture. She has worked for the SWA Group as a landscape architect, Carrie Chatterson Studio as an experience & graphic designer, The Dean Hotel as an event designer, CNBC creating the brand identity for CNBC Make It. videos, and Anthropologie as a display artist in both New York City & New England - among other clients. She has also been a regular critic in the architecture & landscape architecture departments at RISD. Phenomenology & metaphysics particularly interest her and she could spend a lifetime studying materiality & light.


Warren Barker


Warren Barker, instructor of Boatbuilding and Restoration at IYRS, remarked to a friend at Williams College that after graduation he was going home to build a boat with his father. Little did he know that over thirty-five years later he would still be building boats. During that interval, he took his degree from college and further training in furniture design and construction to Maine to enter the revitalized wooden boatbuilding field, to Rhode Island to build cold molded and composite boats for sail and power, and to Massachusetts to build custom boats with his own name on the letterhead. Having taught at IYRS for a decade, he has realized what he saw as an opportunity to build or rebuild a myriad of boats by a multitude of designers while instilling in a new generation the passion and enthusiasm for the trade and its teachers that has carried him throughout his career.


5:30 pm  Doors open
6:00 pm  Guided tour of the Museum
6:30 pm  Speakers start


Drinks with Designers is free, but please register here: