Newport Art Museum announces Call for Entries for The Newport Annual 2020

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By Newport Art Museum

The Newport Art Museum will be accepting work for jurying for the The Newport Annual Exhibition, which will be on view January 25 – April 26, 2020. Artists may submit their work through online submission platform Slideroom, which will be available at, between August 12, 2019 at 10am and September 20 at 5pm.

For over 30 years, the Newport Annual Members’ Juried Exhibition has been a highly anticipated event by artists, curators and collectors in Rhode Island and beyond. This year, the Newport Art Museum is excited to expand the entry to artists throughout New England (Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine), showcasing an eclectic, regional survey of artworks in various mediums. Submissions are open to established and emerging artists alike.

Artists should submit their work through Slideroom between August 12 through September 20, 2019. Submitting artists will be notified of the jurying results on October 27. An exhibition of chosen work will be on view January 25 – April 26, 2020 and celebrated at an Opening Reception on Friday, February 7 from 5 – 7 pm.

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The Museum is pleased to have Dr. Sharon Matt Atkins, Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Brooklyn Museum, as juror. In addition to selecting featured artists for The Newport Annual 2020 exhibition, the juror will also award four cash prizes including Best-in-Show for $1,000, Second Place for $100, Third Place for $100 and a Members’ Prize for $100.

The Newport Art Museum School will offer two free workshops to help artists prepare their portfolios for online submission and familiarize themselves with Slideroom on September 5 from 4:30 – 6pm and September 19 from 4:30 – 6pm. Artists are asked to register for either workshop at

The Newport Annual 2020 will only accept submissions through SlideRoom. Artists may submit images of up to 3 artworks. The Entry fee is $35 for Museum members and $45 for non-members, must be paid through Slideroom, and is required to have their work considered by the juror. The Newport Annual 2020 is open to artists living in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island or Vermont. Artists may submit work in any media. The Museum cannot accept works of art that are living (flowers, plants, etc.). Works of art must be original and current (completed 2019 or 2020). To submit as a member, your membership must be valid through December 31, 2019.

All works of art accepted for exhibition must be available during the exhibition dates, no larger than 5 feet on the longest/largest size (no exceptions), new to the Museum, and properly prepared for installation and ready to hang or display. For a full list of requirements, dates and details, or submit, visit

About Our Juror

Since joining the Brooklyn Museum in 2009, Sharon Matt Atkins has held the roles of Managing Curator of Exhibitions and, now, Director of Curatorial Affairs. At the Brooklyn Museum, she most recently organized Iggy Pop Life Class by Jeremy Deller (2016), Stephen Powers: Coney Island Is Still Dreamland (To a Seagull) (2015) and FAILE: Savage/Sacred Young Minds (2015). In 2014, she organized Swoon: Submerged Motherlands, as well as the Brooklyn presentation of Ai Weiwei: According to What?. In 2012, she co-organized GO: a community-curated open studio project with Shelley Bernstein. She has also coordinated exhibitions devoted to Andy Warhol and Norman Rockwell, and has facilitated numerous other special exhibitions. Before her move to Brooklyn, Atkins was the Assistant Curator at the Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire. Previously, she held positions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum. Atkins received an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey.

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