(Photo: Joan Hall in her Jamestown, RI studio.)

The Newport Art Museum will welcome the public to a Gallery Talk with exhibiting artist Joan Hall on Thursday, June 21 at 5:30 pm. Hall will be introduced by Museum Executive Director Norah Diedrich and will lead guests through her exhibition “Sea of Heartbreak,” currently on view in the Ilgenfritz Gallery through July 29.

Admission to this event is free for Museum members and free with admission for non-members. General admission to the Museum is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors ages 65+, $8 for college students and active military and free for youth up to age 18. Visitnewportartmuseum.org or call (401) 848-8200 for details. 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 Joan Hall

Joan Hall works in mixed media, and large-scale installations, with an emphasis on the materials of paper, glass, and metal. Hall received her BFA at the Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio and her MFA at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She studied papermaking with Garner Tullis at the Institute of Experimental Printmaking in San Francisco. She is known for her innovative approaches to material and process. Hall’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at the Brooklyn Museum of Art (NY), Leopold-Hoesch Museum (Germany), Newport Art Museum, St. Louis Art Museum (MO), Museum of Nebraska Art (Kearney), Silkeborg Art Center (Denmark), The Blue Star Contemporary Art Center (San Antonio, TX), George Mason University (Fairfax, VA), Joslyn Art Museum (Omaha, NE), Hillwood Art Museum (Brookville, NY), Walton Arts Center (Fayetteville, AR), Budapest Museum of Fine Arts (Hungary), Nordjyllands Museum of Art (Aalborg, Denmark), Suwa Municipal Museum (Japan), Municipal Museum (Nanjing, China), Musée d’Art (Lyon, France), and the Rijswijk Museum and Apeldoorn Museum (both in The Netherlands). She has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards that include two MAAA-NEA individual artist grants and an exhibition grant from the Danish National Council. Her work has been published in national and international books and is in numerous public and private collections. Hall is the Emerita Kenneth E. Hudson of Art in the Fox School of Art and Design at Washington University in St. Louis and currently a visiting critic in the graduate printmaking program at the Rhode Island School of Design.

For more information about the Newport Art Museum, visit www.newportartmuseum.org.

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