The Newport Art Museum will welcome four new exhibitions to its galleries this winter, including two solo artists, one group show, and an exhibition of recent Museum acquisitions.  Mary Dondero: Small Points in TimeJason E. Smith: Outer MythsPaintings: Recent Acquisitions, and the Newport Annual Members’ Juried Exhibition will be on view this winter and celebrated during an opening reception Friday, February 5, 5-7pm.  Admission to the opening reception is free for Newport Art Museum members and a $10 suggested donation for the general public. There will be a cash bar.  The Newport Art Museum is located at 76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI.  Visit NewportArtMuseum.org or call 401-848-8200 for details.
The Newport Art Museum will welcome four new exhibitions to its galleries this winter, including two solo artists, one group show, and an exhibition of recent Museum acquisitions.  Mary Dondero: Small Points in TimeJason E. Smith: Outer MythsPaintings: Recent Acquisitions, and the Newport Annual Members’ Juried Exhibition will be on view this winter and celebrated during an opening reception Friday, February 5, 5-7pm.  Admission to the opening reception is free for Newport Art Museum members and a $10 suggested donation for the general public. There will be a cash bar.  The Newport Art Museum is located at 76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI.  Visit NewportArtMuseum.org or call 401-848-8200 for details.
The Newport Art Museum will welcome four new exhibitions to its galleries this winter, including two solo artists, one group show, and an exhibition of recent Museum acquisitions.  Mary Dondero: Small Points in TimeJason E. Smith: Outer MythsPaintings: Recent Acquisitions, and the Newport Annual Members’ Juried Exhibition will be on view this winter and celebrated during an opening reception Friday, February 5, 5-7pm.  Admission to the opening reception is free for Newport Art Museum members and a $10 suggested donation for the general public. There will be a cash bar.  The Newport Art Museum is located at 76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI.  Visit NewportArtMuseum.org or call 401-848-8200 for details.
Mary Dondero; Singing Pines; 2014; 
pastel, pencil on Stonehenge paper;  50 x 38 inches
Mary Dondero; Singing Pines; 2014; 
pastel, pencil on Stonehenge paper;  50 x 38 inches
Mary Dondero; Singing Pines; 2014; 
pastel, pencil on Stonehenge paper;  50 x 38 inches
Mary Dondero:  Small Points in Time
January 16 – May 1, 2016

Mary Dondero’s exhibition, “Small Points in Time,” draws inspiration from both natural environments and the artist’s individual sense of place. Rather than pin down a simple, observable subject, this exhibition aims to instead capture and abstract the hidden beauty behind the elusive, fleeting feelings and experiences within the “constant state of impermanence in which we live.”

Heavily inspired by Narragansett Bay, Dondero leverages paint, ink, pastel and photographic images to visually expresses a cursory connection to nature, drawing inspiration from shifting factors such as temperature, humidity, and tides. The resulting work evokes a relationship to nature that is at once both personal to the artist, yet familiar to the viewer.

Dondero, who is a member of Imago Gallery in Warren, RI, is an award-winning artist who earned First Place in the category of prints/pastels at the Museum’s 2015 Newport Annual, and has received numerous accolades from institutions such as the Providence Art Club, Colorado’s Center for Fine Art Photography, California’s Museum of Anthropology, and New York’s foto Gallery. She holds an MAT from RISD, MFA from UMass Dartmouth, and BFA from Roger Williams University, and is professor of art at Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA.

Artist’s Talk in the Gallery:  Dondero will give a Gallery Talk on Sunday, February 28 at 2pm.

Mary Dondero: Small Points in Time is on view January 16 – May 1, 2016, in the Museum’s Ilgenfritz Gallery.

Mary Dondero:  Small Points in Time
January 16 – May 1, 2016

Mary Dondero’s exhibition, “Small Points in Time,” draws inspiration from both natural environments and the artist’s individual sense of place. Rather than pin down a simple, observable subject, this exhibition aims to instead capture and abstract the hidden beauty behind the elusive, fleeting feelings and experiences within the “constant state of impermanence in which we live.”

Heavily inspired by Narragansett Bay, Dondero leverages paint, ink, pastel and photographic images to visually expresses a cursory connection to nature, drawing inspiration from shifting factors such as temperature, humidity, and tides. The resulting work evokes a relationship to nature that is at once both personal to the artist, yet familiar to the viewer.

Dondero, who is a member of Imago Gallery in Warren, RI, is an award-winning artist who earned First Place in the category of prints/pastels at the Museum’s 2015 Newport Annual, and has received numerous accolades from institutions such as the Providence Art Club, Colorado’s Center for Fine Art Photography, California’s Museum of Anthropology, and New York’s foto Gallery. She holds an MAT from RISD, MFA from UMass Dartmouth, and BFA from Roger Williams University, and is professor of art at Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA.

Artist’s Talk in the Gallery:  Dondero will give a Gallery Talk on Sunday, February 28 at 2pm.

Mary Dondero: Small Points in Time is on view January 16 – May 1, 2016, in the Museum’s Ilgenfritz Gallery.

Mary Dondero:  Small Points in Time
January 16 – May 1, 2016

Mary Dondero’s exhibition, “Small Points in Time,” draws inspiration from both natural environments and the artist’s individual sense of place. Rather than pin down a simple, observable subject, this exhibition aims to instead capture and abstract the hidden beauty behind the elusive, fleeting feelings and experiences within the “constant state of impermanence in which we live.”

Heavily inspired by Narragansett Bay, Dondero leverages paint, ink, pastel and photographic images to visually expresses a cursory connection to nature, drawing inspiration from shifting factors such as temperature, humidity, and tides. The resulting work evokes a relationship to nature that is at once both personal to the artist, yet familiar to the viewer.

Dondero, who is a member of Imago Gallery in Warren, RI, is an award-winning artist who earned First Place in the category of prints/pastels at the Museum’s 2015 Newport Annual, and has received numerous accolades from institutions such as the Providence Art Club, Colorado’s Center for Fine Art Photography, California’s Museum of Anthropology, and New York’s foto Gallery. She holds an MAT from RISD, MFA from UMass Dartmouth, and BFA from Roger Williams University, and is professor of art at Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA.

Artist’s Talk in the Gallery:  Dondero will give a Gallery Talk on Sunday, February 28 at 2pm.

Mary Dondero: Small Points in Time is on view January 16 – May 1, 2016, in the Museum’s Ilgenfritz Gallery.

Jason E. Smith; Ancient Maya; 2011;
Oil on Dura Lar; 24 x 18 inches
Jason E. Smith; Ancient Maya; 2011;
Oil on Dura Lar; 24 x 18 inches
Jason E. Smith; Ancient Maya; 2011;
Oil on Dura Lar; 24 x 18 inches
Jason E. Smith:  Outer Myths
January 16 – May 15, 2016
Artist Jason E. Smith finds fascination in the various historical and mythological ideas that permeate civilization, tracing paths of ceremonialism, life and death, fertility, and war across numerous cultures. With references to mysticism, religion, and symbolism, “Outer Myths” reads into the obscure nature of lore, and its ability to create and transform a cultural identity.

Blurring the lines between drawing and painting, Smith’s work blends intricate detail with a pointillism / stipple style to produce a maze of apparent and hidden imagery. Through this mix of styles, the artist aims to capture the essence of a respective culture’s important symbolism, drawing upon a pantheon of supreme beings, gods and goddesses in the process.

Smith is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island, summa cum laude, and a member and exhibiting artist at Wakefield’s Hera Gallery. His work has been featured in previous exhibits at the Newport Art Museum and Atrium Gallery on Providence’s Capitol Hill.

Artist’s Talk in the Gallery: Smith will give a Gallery Talk during Art After Dark on Thursday, February 11 at 6pm.

Jason E. Smith: Outer Myths will be on view January 16 – May 15, 2016, in the Museum’s Wright Gallery.

Jason E. Smith:  Outer Myths
January 16 – May 15, 2016
Artist Jason E. Smith finds fascination in the various historical and mythological ideas that permeate civilization, tracing paths of ceremonialism, life and death, fertility, and war across numerous cultures. With references to mysticism, religion, and symbolism, “Outer Myths” reads into the obscure nature of lore, and its ability to create and transform a cultural identity.

Blurring the lines between drawing and painting, Smith’s work blends intricate detail with a pointillism / stipple style to produce a maze of apparent and hidden imagery. Through this mix of styles, the artist aims to capture the essence of a respective culture’s important symbolism, drawing upon a pantheon of supreme beings, gods and goddesses in the process.

Smith is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island, summa cum laude, and a member and exhibiting artist at Wakefield’s Hera Gallery. His work has been featured in previous exhibits at the Newport Art Museum and Atrium Gallery on Providence’s Capitol Hill.

Artist’s Talk in the Gallery: Smith will give a Gallery Talk during Art After Dark on Thursday, February 11 at 6pm.

Jason E. Smith: Outer Myths will be on view January 16 – May 15, 2016, in the Museum’s Wright Gallery.

Jason E. Smith:  Outer Myths
January 16 – May 15, 2016
Artist Jason E. Smith finds fascination in the various historical and mythological ideas that permeate civilization, tracing paths of ceremonialism, life and death, fertility, and war across numerous cultures. With references to mysticism, religion, and symbolism, “Outer Myths” reads into the obscure nature of lore, and its ability to create and transform a cultural identity.

Blurring the lines between drawing and painting, Smith’s work blends intricate detail with a pointillism / stipple style to produce a maze of apparent and hidden imagery. Through this mix of styles, the artist aims to capture the essence of a respective culture’s important symbolism, drawing upon a pantheon of supreme beings, gods and goddesses in the process.

Smith is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island, summa cum laude, and a member and exhibiting artist at Wakefield’s Hera Gallery. His work has been featured in previous exhibits at the Newport Art Museum and Atrium Gallery on Providence’s Capitol Hill.

Artist’s Talk in the Gallery: Smith will give a Gallery Talk during Art After Dark on Thursday, February 11 at 6pm.

Jason E. Smith: Outer Myths will be on view January 16 – May 15, 2016, in the Museum’s Wright Gallery.

Mark Freedman; New York Route 5; 2014
Oil on Canvas; 36 x 78 inches
Purchased with funds from Dr. Joseph A. Chazen
Mark Freedman; New York Route 5; 2014
Oil on Canvas; 36 x 78 inches
Purchased with funds from Dr. Joseph A. Chazen
Mark Freedman; New York Route 5; 2014
Oil on Canvas; 36 x 78 inches
Purchased with funds from Dr. Joseph A. Chazen
Paintings: Recent Acquisitions
February 6 – May 15, 2016 

In 2015, the Newport Art Museum was graced with the donations of two large, riveting paintings that will be exhibited in the Griswold House’s Studio Gallery (the Museum’s former painting studio) this winter and spring, along with other additional paintings recently acquired for the Museum’s permanent collection.

The gift of William Jaffe, Beckett’s Muse is a striking, sizable painting by Miriam Beerman, a 93-year-old artist born in Providence. Beerman went to the Rhode Island School of Design and has recently received the RISD lifetime achievement award. She exhibited her work at the Art Association of Newport (today’s Newport Art Museum) in 1965, and went on to a career as an important expressionist painter represented in major museum collections. The additional acquisition of Mark Freedman’s dramatic oil, New York Route 5, was made possible with funds from Dr. Joseph A. Chazan. Freedman, a wonderful Providence painter of gritty urban scenes, was part of Dr. Chazan’s NetWorks 2008 project.

Paintings: Recent Acquisitions will be on view February 6 – May 15, 2016, in the Museum’s Studio Gallery.

Paintings: Recent Acquisitions
February 6 – May 15, 2016 

In 2015, the Newport Art Museum was graced with the donations of two large, riveting paintings that will be exhibited in the Griswold House’s Studio Gallery (the Museum’s former painting studio) this winter and spring, along with other additional paintings recently acquired for the Museum’s permanent collection.

The gift of William Jaffe, Beckett’s Muse is a striking, sizable painting by Miriam Beerman, a 93-year-old artist born in Providence. Beerman went to the Rhode Island School of Design and has recently received the RISD lifetime achievement award. She exhibited her work at the Art Association of Newport (today’s Newport Art Museum) in 1965, and went on to a career as an important expressionist painter represented in major museum collections. The additional acquisition of Mark Freedman’s dramatic oil, New York Route 5, was made possible with funds from Dr. Joseph A. Chazan. Freedman, a wonderful Providence painter of gritty urban scenes, was part of Dr. Chazan’s NetWorks 2008 project.

Paintings: Recent Acquisitions will be on view February 6 – May 15, 2016, in the Museum’s Studio Gallery.

Paintings: Recent Acquisitions
February 6 – May 15, 2016 

In 2015, the Newport Art Museum was graced with the donations of two large, riveting paintings that will be exhibited in the Griswold House’s Studio Gallery (the Museum’s former painting studio) this winter and spring, along with other additional paintings recently acquired for the Museum’s permanent collection.

The gift of William Jaffe, Beckett’s Muse is a striking, sizable painting by Miriam Beerman, a 93-year-old artist born in Providence. Beerman went to the Rhode Island School of Design and has recently received the RISD lifetime achievement award. She exhibited her work at the Art Association of Newport (today’s Newport Art Museum) in 1965, and went on to a career as an important expressionist painter represented in major museum collections. The additional acquisition of Mark Freedman’s dramatic oil, New York Route 5, was made possible with funds from Dr. Joseph A. Chazan. Freedman, a wonderful Providence painter of gritty urban scenes, was part of Dr. Chazan’s NetWorks 2008 project.

Paintings: Recent Acquisitions will be on view February 6 – May 15, 2016, in the Museum’s Studio Gallery.

Newport Annual Best in Show, 2015
Chris Sancomb; Greater Than, Less Than
Foam, aquaresin, aluminum, wood, ink.
Newport Annual Best in Show, 2015
Chris Sancomb; Greater Than, Less Than
Foam, aquaresin, aluminum, wood, ink.
Newport Annual Best in Show, 2015
Chris Sancomb; Greater Than, Less Than
Foam, aquaresin, aluminum, wood, ink.
Newport Annual Members’ Juried Exhibition
February 6 – May 22, 2016
One of Newport Art Museum’s most anticipated annual events, this exhibition highlights top talent from the region, bringing together an eclectic mix of art sourced from Rhode Island and beyond. Entries are open, calling established and emerging artists alike to submit their work for exposition and review. The resulting mix of art on display is always surprising and diverse, showcasing the varied interests and focus of our region’s passionate artists.

This year we are privileged to have Jay Coogan, president of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, as juror. Coogan is well known to Rhode Island art audiences; in addition to serving as provost for the Rhode Island School of Design for many years, he is an accomplished visual artist. His sculptural work includes public commissions in Providence, RI, Cambridge and Boston, MA, and he has exhibited at the Newport Art Museum. He holds a BA in Visual Arts, magna cum laude from Brown University and MFA in Sculpture from Hunter College, The City University of New York. In the 1970s Coogan attended St. George’s School in Middletown, where he was inspired by Newport’s great teacher, artist and long- time pillar of the Newport Art Museum, Richard Grosvenor. Coogan has come a long way since then, so this “homecoming” marks quite an exciting return.

The visiting public is once again invited to cast votes for the “People’s Choice Award.”  Visitors may vote once each time they visit during the run of the exhibition.   

The Newport Annual Members’ Juried Exhibition will be on view February 6 – May 22, 2016 in the Museum’s Cushing Gallery.

Newport Annual Members’ Juried Exhibition
February 6 – May 22, 2016
One of Newport Art Museum’s most anticipated annual events, this exhibition highlights top talent from the region, bringing together an eclectic mix of art sourced from Rhode Island and beyond. Entries are open, calling established and emerging artists alike to submit their work for exposition and review. The resulting mix of art on display is always surprising and diverse, showcasing the varied interests and focus of our region’s passionate artists.

This year we are privileged to have Jay Coogan, president of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, as juror. Coogan is well known to Rhode Island art audiences; in addition to serving as provost for the Rhode Island School of Design for many years, he is an accomplished visual artist. His sculptural work includes public commissions in Providence, RI, Cambridge and Boston, MA, and he has exhibited at the Newport Art Museum. He holds a BA in Visual Arts, magna cum laude from Brown University and MFA in Sculpture from Hunter College, The City University of New York. In the 1970s Coogan attended St. George’s School in Middletown, where he was inspired by Newport’s great teacher, artist and long- time pillar of the Newport Art Museum, Richard Grosvenor. Coogan has come a long way since then, so this “homecoming” marks quite an exciting return.

The visiting public is once again invited to cast votes for the “People’s Choice Award.”  Visitors may vote once each time they visit during the run of the exhibition.   

The Newport Annual Members’ Juried Exhibition will be on view February 6 – May 22, 2016 in the Museum’s Cushing Gallery.

Newport Annual Members’ Juried Exhibition
February 6 – May 22, 2016
One of Newport Art Museum’s most anticipated annual events, this exhibition highlights top talent from the region, bringing together an eclectic mix of art sourced from Rhode Island and beyond. Entries are open, calling established and emerging artists alike to submit their work for exposition and review. The resulting mix of art on display is always surprising and diverse, showcasing the varied interests and focus of our region’s passionate artists.

This year we are privileged to have Jay Coogan, president of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, as juror. Coogan is well known to Rhode Island art audiences; in addition to serving as provost for the Rhode Island School of Design for many years, he is an accomplished visual artist. His sculptural work includes public commissions in Providence, RI, Cambridge and Boston, MA, and he has exhibited at the Newport Art Museum. He holds a BA in Visual Arts, magna cum laude from Brown University and MFA in Sculpture from Hunter College, The City University of New York. In the 1970s Coogan attended St. George’s School in Middletown, where he was inspired by Newport’s great teacher, artist and long- time pillar of the Newport Art Museum, Richard Grosvenor. Coogan has come a long way since then, so this “homecoming” marks quite an exciting return.

The visiting public is once again invited to cast votes for the “People’s Choice Award.”  Visitors may vote once each time they visit during the run of the exhibition.   

The Newport Annual Members’ Juried Exhibition will be on view February 6 – May 22, 2016 in the Museum’s Cushing Gallery.

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