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The Newport Art Museum is pleased to partner with Rhode Island Public Radio in welcoming the public to a panel discussion on the topic of Art + Environmental Advocacy on Friday, July 6 at 6 pm. The evening will feature three panelists including Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Executive Director of Save the Bay Jonathan Stone and artist Joan Hall and will be moderated by Avory Brookins, Environment Reporter for Rhode Island Public Radio.

“It’s going to take creative solutions to address the challenges presented by climate change and plastic pollution,” said Senator Whitehouse. “I’m grateful to the Newport Art Museum for bringing the community together to call attention to an issue that is so important for the wellbeing of our economy and quality of life on Aquidneck Island.”

The Art + Environmental Advocacy panelists will address the health of our oceans globally and locally, public policy, personal responsibility and how artist activists help to illuminate issues of public or political concern. Discussion will be inspired by Joan Hall’s exhibition, “Sea of Heartbreak,” which is currently on view in the Museum’s Ilgenfritz Gallery through July 29.

“As much as the Bay is a place for swimming, sailing or fishing, it is food for the soul,” said Jonathan Stone, Executive Director of Save The Bay. “The Bay and the ocean inspire all of us. Art has a poignant way of opening our eyes to the beauty, mood, and serenity of the sea. I am delighted to join this conversation inspired by Joan Hall’s work.”

Admission to this event is free, but space is limited and advanced reservations are highly recommended. Donations welcome. Reservations can be made atnewportartmuseum.org. The Newport Art Museum is located at 76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI.
About “Sea of Heartbreak”

The current solo exhibition, “Sea of Heartbreak” by artist, sailor and environmental activist Joan Hall, is as visually stunning as it is a disturbing cautionary tale. Her delicate, complex and lacy large-scale works of art and installations have a dark underbelly. They seek to expose the damage to the global marine ecosystem caused by thousands of metric tons of un-biodegradable plastic waste floating in our seas. Increasing ocean temperatures has contributed to devastating ecological shifts, invasive algae blooms and dying coral reefs.
About our Panelists

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse
U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is fighting to reduce carbon pollution, protect our air and water, and position America as a leader in the clean energy economy.  As a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, he plays a key role in crafting policies addressing climate change and environmental protection.  He has earned a lifetime score of 98 percent on the League of Conservation Voters’ National Environmental Scorecard.

Every week, Sen. Whitehouse speaks out on the Floor of the Senate, urging Congress to wake up to the threat of climate change.   He co-founded the Senate Climate Action Task Force to help build support for action to address carbon pollution.  Whitehouse has also introduced legislation to put a fee on carbon, establishing a market incentive to reduce emissions while generating substantial revenue to be returned to the American people.

Since 2013, Senator Whitehouse has attended the annual Munich Security Conference, where he has headlined discussions of the implications of climate change on international security.

In 2011, Sen. Whitehouse joined with Democrats and Republicans to form the Senate Oceans Caucus to respond to the pressures of pollution and commercial activity.  He has also passed legislation establishing a National Oceans and Coastal Security Fund, a dedicated funding source for ocean and coastal research and restoration.

A graduate of Yale University and the University of Virginia School of Law, Whitehouse served as Rhode Island’s U.S. Attorney and state Attorney General before being elected to the United States Senate in 2006.  In addition to Environment and Public Works, he is a member of the Budget Committee; the Judiciary Committee; the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee; and the Special Committee on Aging.

He and his wife Sandra, a marine biologist and environmental advocate, live in Newport.  They have two children.

Joan Hall, Newport Art Museum Exhibiting Artist 
Known for her large-scale installations of primarily handmade paper that is combined with mixed media with an emphasis on glass and steel, Hall is known for her innovation approaches to materials and process.

Hall’s work has been exhibited at international museums and galleries that include: The Brooklyn Museum of Art, St. Louis Art Museum, Leopold-Hoesch Museum, Germany, Newport Art Museum, Museum of Nebraska Art, Walton Arts Center, Silkeborg Art Center, Denmark, The Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, The Rijswijk Museum, Holland and the Appledoorn Museum, Holland.

She is an Emerita Professor at Washington University in St. Louis where she taught printmaking and sculpture and currently is a visiting critic in the graduate program at the Rhode Island School of Design. She has received numerous grants and awards in her field, including two from the NEA.

Jonathan Stone, Executive Director of Save the Bay
Jonathan joined Save The Bay in early 2009 as the organization’s fourth executive director.  After growing up in suburban Boston and spending summers on Buzzards Bay, he first moved to Rhode Island in 1976 to attend Brown University, before going on to earn an MBA at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Business Administration and begin a finance career in Seattle and Boston. His love of the sea brought him to back to the Ocean State in 1989, when he promptly joined Save The Bay as a member and swimmer.

Like many Rhode Islanders, Jonathan has always enjoyed a deep connection to the Bay, where he regularly swims, kayaks and fishes. Taking the helm of Save The Bay gave him a unique opportunity to play a leadership role in protecting Narragansett Bay and inspiring the next generation of Bay stewards. During his tenure, Save The Bay has successfully challenged ill-conceived and damaging infrastructure projects, sounded the alarm on changing climate conditions, completed dozens of habitat restoration projects, achieved major legislative victories, expanded Save The Bay’s environmental education programs, and strengthened its financial foundation.

Avory Brookins, Environment Reporter for Rhode Island Public Radio
Avory started as Rhode Island Public Radio’s environment reporter in April 2017.  Before joining the station, she was a general assignment reporter at Wisconsin Public Radio. Previously she reported on health, science and the community for Philadelphia’s public radio station, WHYY.

Avory is a Philadelphia native and proud Temple Owl.

When she’s not reporting on the environment, she loves listening to K-pop, watching K-dramas, and researching Korean culture.

About the Newport Art Museum

Founded in 1912, The Newport Art Museum is one of the oldest continuously operating and most highly regarded art museums and schools of its kind in the country. The Art Museum offers a provocative diversity of creative voices and experiences at its historic Newport setting. Visitors can expect to enjoy treasures of American art from the late 19th century to the present from the permanent collection, as well as rotating exhibitions of contemporary art and outdoor sculptures. Museum docents are available to offer guided tours of the campus and educate visitors on the Museum’s architecture, artwork and history. Artists’ talks, film screenings, lectures and performances are scheduled throughout the year.Newport Art MuseumFounded in 1912, the

The Museum operates from a three acre, three-building campus, the main building being a National Historic landmark, the John N.A. Griswold House. This former private house was designed by architect Richard Morris Hunt and completed in 1864. The building remains the premier example of Modern Gothic, or American “Stick-Style” architecture. Richard Morris Hunt went on to design Marble House, The Breakers, Ochre Court, Belcourt Castle, and other architectural landmarks in Newport and New York, including the base for the Statue of Liberty. Adjacent to the Griswold House is the Cushing Memorial Gallery, dedicated to the artist Howard Gardner Cushing and completed in 1919 by the firm Delano and Aldrich. In 1990, the Sarah Rives Lobby and Nathalie Bailey Morris Gallery were added, providing additional exhibition spaces. This climate-controlled building also houses the Museum’s growing permanent collection.

Completing the three-building campus is the Art Museum’s School, the Coleman Center for Creative Studies, which offers year-round art and design classes, summer youth camps and workshops for all ages and experience levels. Classes incorporate the Museum’s collection, current exhibitions and historic architecture into its curriculum.

The Newport Art Museum is fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

Public hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, Thursdays April – December until 7 pm, Sunday from noon to 5 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, special events, and more can be found at www.newportartmuseum.org. Phone: (401) 848-8200.

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