The Newport Art Museum will present photographs by Jason Evans in “Boys of Summer: A Season with the Newport Gulls,” on view from May 7 through September 10, 2017. The exhibition will be located in the Museum’s Studio Gallery in the historic John N.A. Griswold House, at 76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI and will feature a collection of photographs taken in 2015 of Newport’s summer collegiate baseball team, the Newport Gulls, and their home field, the beloved Cardines Field. Visitwww.newportartmuseum.org or call 401-848-8200 for exhibition details.
The Museum will present an Artist Talk with Jason Evans on Thursday, May 11 at 6 pmduring the Museum’s late night programming, Art After Dark. The Opening Reception for “Boys of Summer: A Season with the Newport Gulls” will be Thursday, June 8 from 5 – 9 pm during the Museum’s late night programming, Art After Dark. Each Art After Dark is free for Museum members, $10 suggested donation for non-members, cash bar. Visitwww.newportartmuseum.org or call 401-848-8200 for event details.
In 2012, accomplished sports photographer Jason Evans had an epiphany. While documenting the London Olympics, he realized that he preferred photographing sports and athletes in a more artistic, and less conventional, manner. In search of a creative endeavor close to home, he turned his attention to the Newport Gulls, whom he began photographing in earnest in 2015. With its rich history of Cardines field and connection to the city and community, Evans felt “it was a story waiting to be told.”
Jason Evans does not just make sports photographs. Rather he captures the feelings and unique, and beautiful, aspects of baseball. In the artist’s own words, “I have tried to capture action shots and portraits that show the determination of youth and the competitive athlete. The action images show not only the blur of the speed of the game but also the cinematic nature of the ‘show.’ I like to represent the dedication of the athletes, coaches, and support team. There is an art to sports photography beyond just proper technical aspects and timing. This is what I hope to share.”
Evans’ work has been recognized by Photo District News, American Photography, and the International Photography Awards to name a few. His photographs are in the permanent collection at Musée Olympique, Lausanne, Switzerland. In 2010, the Newport Art Museum hosted a popular exhibition of Evans’ work: “Surf Island: A Ride with Newport’s Surf Community—Photographs by Jason Evans.”
In conjunction with this exhibition, Jason Evans will be offering a Surf Photography Workshop with the Newport Art Museum’s Coleman Center for Creative Studies. The workshop will take place Sunday, September 10, 2017 from 1 – 8 pm. Students will go on the hunt for surf at the local beaches in Middletown and Newport and explore the various ways we can use natural light, aperture, and shutter speed to enhance a photograph. The Surf Photography Workshop is $260 for Museum members, and $300 for non-members. Registration is available at www.newportartmuseum.org or by calling (401) 848-ARTS (2787).
About the Newport Art Museum
Founded in 1912, the Newport Art Museum provides exceptional arts education, public programming, community outreach, and exhibitions of historic and contemporary art, which spark reflection, inspiration, discovery, and connection – to oneself, the community and the wider world. Over 3,500 fine art objects and important archives comprise the museum’s growing permanent collection. Operating from historically significant buildings, the museum is set within a beautiful park-like arts campus on Newport’s famed Bellevue Avenue. The Newport Art Museum is fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.
Newport Art Museum Information
The museum is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm, Sundayfrom noon to 4 pm, and from 10 am to 9 pm every second Thursday of the month for the Art After Dark programming. The museum is closed to the public on Mondays. Museum membership levels and benefits, art school classes and registration, exhibition schedules, public programming, and more can be found at www.newportartmuseum.org. Phone:(401) 848-8200.