Ron Cowie, Where There is No Boat, I Will Put a Boat, 2008, from series "Leaving Babylon," platinum print, 8 x 10 in., Courtesy of the artist and Jessica Hagen Contemporary Art

The Newport Art Museum welcomes five new exhibitions to its galleries this winter, including Kate Blacklock’s Looking Closely at What is Not There, Lindsey Beal & Ron Cowie’s New Light Through Old Windows, Jay Lacouture’sLooking Forward, Looking Back, the Newport Annual Members’ Juried Exhibition, as well as a selection of the Museum’s Recent Acquisitions. The official Opening Reception for all five shows will be Friday, February 3, 5-7pm. Members free, non-members $10 suggested donation, cash bar. The Newport Art Museum is located at 76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI. Visit or call 401-848-8200 for details.

Kate Blacklock
Looking Closely at What is Not There
January 14 – May 7, 2017

Although she began her career in ceramics, Kate Blacklock has explored a variety of media throughout her career. From oil paintings to photographs or scans printed on aluminum to 3-D-printed ceramics, this exhibition showcases several of the artist’s ongoing series.

Threading these series together is the artist’s keen and enduring interest in joining the present and past. Seamlessly integrating new technologies with older art historical traditions, such as Chinese landscape painting and nineteenth-century European porcelain, Blacklock creates something altogether new and contemporary. Whether it is examining aspects of nature or everyday objects, Blacklock carries the viewer to a place where realism, abstraction, and illusion all become one. Based in Providence, Kate Blacklock has exhibited her work in group and solo exhibitions around the country. She received her MFA in ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence where she now teaches.

An Artist Talk & Tea with Kate Blacklock will take place on Sunday, April 2 at 1:30 pm at the Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. The event is free with admission.

Lindsey Beal & Ron Cowie
New Light Through Old Windows
January 21 – April 16, 2017

With the rise of digital photography, an increasing number of contemporary artists are turning to historical processes to create unique handmade photographic objects. Working independently, Rhode Island artists Lindsey Beal and Ron Cowie each use nineteenth century processes to explore contemporary issues. In this manner, their work reflects the Newport Art Museum, an institution in historical buildings that brings together works of art form the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries.

For her Venus Series, Beal uses a variety of historical processes, including ambrotype and alumitype to represent her paper sculptures that are inspired by Paleolithic “Venus Figurines” discovered in Europe and the Middle East in the nineteenth-century. In so doing, she re-creates the mystery and power of these female figurines that elude art historians.

Using a large format camera, Ron Cowie prints his photographs in platinum, a process championed by nineteenth-century art photographers. His series Leaving Babylon consists of metaphorical landscapes that explore the psychological terrain of, in the artist’s words, “how we live in faith and fear.” For his series Inventory, Cowie photographed possessions belong to his wife, who passed away in 2008, as a way to remember her and to move forward.

Lindsey Beal lives in Providence and teaches at Rhode Island School of Design and Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. Ron Cowie lives in Wakefield teaches at the New England School of Photography in Boston.

This exhibition features works by Lindsey Beal and Ron Cowie, as well as a small selection of original nineteenth-century photographic objects on loan from the Newport Historical Society.

An Artist Talk with Lindsey Beal and Ron Cowie will take place on Thursday, February 9 at 6 pm during Art After Dark, at the Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. The talk is free and Art After Dark is free or by donation.

Jay Lacouture
Looking Forward, Looking Back
January 21 – May 14, 2017

This exhibition of works by Jay Lacouture, Professor of Art at Salve Regina University, showcases two distinct bodies of work: one that is assembled from pieces made over the course of his career that explore the teapot idiom, and another that brings together works from the past several years that reflect the artist’s visits to China.

“The Ubiquitous Teapot” features a collection of teapot forms that Lacouture made during his forty-year career. The complexity of the teapot provides the potter with the ultimate challenge of disparate parts conforming to a unified whole. Informed by function and inspired by a quest for the beautiful, these works highlight Lacouture’s artistic exploration and innovation in both porcelain and stoneware over a sustained period.

For The “Post-Industrial Mingware Series,” Lacouture includes an array of classically inspired blue and white Mingesque porcelain, displayed in a fashion reminiscent of a European porcelain room. He made the various components of this complex arrangement over that past six years. Since his residency in Jingdezhen, China in 2009, Lacouture has continued to work almost exclusively in porcelain fired in a soda vapor glaze atmospheric kiln. Lacouture was a fellow and former president of the National Council on Education for Ceramic Arts and recipient of a RISCA Fellowship in Crafts.
An Artist Talk with Jay Lacouture will take place on Thursday, March 9 at 6 pm during Art After Dark, at the Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. The talk is free and Art After Dark is free or by donation.

Newport Annual Members’ Juried Exhibition
February 4 – May 21, 2017

One of the 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 marks the 30th Newport Annual Members’ Juried Exhibition. The Newport Art Museum is privileged to have Sarah Kennel, Byrne Family Curator of Photographs at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA, as juror.

An Artist Talk with the Annual award winners will take place on Thursday, April 13 at 6 pm during Art After Dark, at the Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. The talk is free and Art After Dark is free or by donation.

Recent Acquisitions
January 11 – May 7, 2017

The Newport Art Museum has been enthusiastically collecting American art and contemporary art by Rhode Island artists for the past thirty years. Comprised of drawings, photographs, prints, paintings, furniture, sculpture, mixed media, and installation works, the permanent collection includes approximately 3,000 works of art. This exhibition showcases a selection of the Museum’s recent acquisitions by contemporary artists Jesse Burke, Nicole Chesney, Kathie Florsheim, Nicholas Mele, and Mary Dondero and by nineteenth-century American artists J.A.S. Monks and John Noble Barlow. These works share an interest in nature, the ephemeral, and light, as well as a sense of reticence achieved through the use of soft colors, lines, and forms.

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