{Photo: BEST IN SHOW – Joan Hall | Global Warming/Algae Bloom}

The Newport Art Museum has announced the winners of the 2016 Newport Annual Members’ Juried Exhibition. One of the 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 exhibition 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.

Despite the snow storm, a record number of artists and guests attended Friday’s opening where Newport Art Museum Executive Director Norah Diedrich and Curator Nancy Whipple Grinnell announced the 19 award winners selected by guest juror Jay Coogan. Coogan selected 93 artworks from 350 submissions to be featured in the exhibition. Coogan serves as president of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and 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. 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.

Jamestown, RI artist Joan Hall won the “Best-In-Show Award” and was also selected by Curator Grinnell for the Newport Art Museum Award, which promises Hall a solo exhibition. Other prize winners include Brooke Roberts (1st in Drawing), Robert Kieronski (1st in Mixed Media), Alexander Nesbitt (1st in Photography), Penelope Manzella (1st in Painting), John Udvardy (1st in Three-Dimensional), and Edmund Ferszt (1st in Watercolor). A full list of prize winners, including honorable mentions, is available below or at NewportArtMuseum.org.

Juror Jay Coogan noted that “The Newport Art Museum is where the roots of my art making began in earnest in the 1970s. It was a pleasure to experience the work by so many talented artist members who submitted to the show. As is true for any juror, choosing what to include–or not–is a challenge. From the entries, I selected what I felt was the best representation of traditional art practice, as well as more experimental work.”

Visitors to the Newport Art Museum will decide the 2016 “People’s Choice Award”. Visitors may vote for their favorite piece, once per visit through May 19, 2016. The Newport Annual will run through May 22, 2016. The Newport Art Museum is located at 76 Bellevue Avenue. For more information visit NewportArtMuseum.org or call 401-848-8200.


2016 Newport Annual Award Winners

BEST IN SHOW | Sponsored by Roderick O’Hanley and Richard Crisson
Joan Hall | Global Warming/Algae Bloom

Joan Hall | Global Warming/Algae Bloom

1ST DRAWING/PRINTS/PASTELS | Gladys Quentin Reed Memorial Award for Drawing
Brooke Roberts | Prison Series #4; LINEUP
Honorable Mention | Deborah Baronas

1ST MIXED MEDIA | Sponsored by Dr. Arthur & Catherine Little Bert
Robert Kieronski | Social Advisor
Honorable Mention | Jillian Barber | Gayle Wells Mandle

1ST PHOTOGRAPHY | Sponsored by Providence Picture Frame, Dryden Gallery, Ltd.
Alexander Nesbitt | Buddha, Wat Si Chum, Sukothai
Honorable Mention | Brooke Hammerle | Daniel McManus | Maria Scaglione

1ST PAINTING | Sponsored by Jessica Hagen Fine Art + Design
Penelope Manzella | Moonrise
Honorable Mention | Sunil Howlader | Kay Ritter | Robert Sabin

1ST THREE-DIMENSIONAL |Sponsored by Roger King Fine Arts
John Udvardy | Altar Piece IV
Honorable Mention | Stephen Kinnane

1ST WATERCOLOR | Sponsored by Sandra Craig
Edmund Ferszt | The Four Elements
Honorable Mention | Priscilla Foley Blackman | Bill Lane

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