Newport Art Museum announced today that they will extend its popular Winter Speaker Series with an additional lecture by glass sculptor Toots Zynsky on Saturday, March 2 about her new series of work titled “Endangered Species”. 

According to Newport Art Museum, Toots Zynsky is known internationally as one of the most innovative voices in the American Studio Glass Movement. In 1971, she assisted Dale Chihuly and others in the founding and early development of Pilchuck Glass School, and later, the second New York Experimental Glass Workshop, now UrbanGlass. While living in Europe from 1983-1999, she developed her renowned and unique “filet-de-verre” technique. Equal parts artist, scientist, visionary and pioneer, Toots Zynsky has helped establish a place in the fine art world for contemporary glass.

In June 2018 Zynsky introduced a new series of work titled “Endangered Species”, which highlights the peril birds face from human impacts, including unchecked climate change. The works in this new series are inspired by birds from every continent around the world already at high risk of extinction. The Newport Art Museum invites the public to join them for an inspiring lecture on her long career, studio processes, and how she is inspired to use her work as an agent for change.

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Now in its 91st season, the 2019 Winter Speaker Series, which began in January, has included topics on politics, Ellis Island and attitudes towards immigration, a celebration of pianist Scott Joplin and a close look at acclaimed midwestern painter Grant Wood.

This Saturday, February 23, U.S. Naval War College’s James V. Forrestal Professor of National Security Affairs David Cooper will present a talk titled “Who’s Afraid of the ‘Deep State’? The Influence of Bureaucracy on National Security.”

The series will extend an additional week with the addition of Zynsky.

All lectures take place in the Ilgenfritz Gallery of the historic John N.A. Griswold House, located on the campus of the Newport Art Museum at 76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. 

Each lecture will be followed by tea and light refreshments.

Tickets are now on sale at and are $20, or $15 for Newport Art Museum members.

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