Located in Newport, Rhode Island, the Newport Art Museum aims to inspire a passion for the arts in people from all backgrounds. Visitors of all ages are sure to enjoy the diverse exhibitions, collections, and educational and cultural programming that the Newport Art Museum has to offer all year round.

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The Newport Art Museum was founded in 1912 and is currently one of the oldest continuously operating museum of its kind in the United States. The Art Association of Newport was founded by a group of like-minded artists in order to cultivate interest in artistic endeavors amongst the citizens of Newport. The first exhibition was held in June 1912 and an art school was added in 1913 so community members could take art classes.

The museum was officially moved into the John N. A. Griswold House in 1916. Currently, the museum has three buildings on its campus, including the Minnie and Jimmy Coleman Center for Creative Studies, the Gilbert S. Kahn Building, and the Cushing Gallery, named in honor of artist Howard Gardiner Cushing, one of the early members of the Art Association of Newport.

The museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums, making it a proud part of the 6% of elite museums that have earned this honor.

Permanent Collection:

The museum’s permanent collection includes more than 2,300 works of American art from the 19th century to the present day. The collection emphasizes the role that Newport and New England artists played in the development of American art.

Works on paper include pieces by artists such as Willian Trost Richards, Fitz Henry Lane, and George Bellows. Newport native impressionist artists such as Howard Gardiner Cushing and Helena Sturtevant are also well represented in the museum.

Contemporary artists, both past and present, are an ever-growing presence at the museum. Artists like Dale Chihuly, Hugh Townly, Aaron Siskind, James Baker, Joseph Norman, and Rita Rogers all have their work on display.

Special exhibitions are often organized from the permanent collection in order to offer new themes and styles to keep visitors entertained as well as educated. The museum continues to offer high-quality exhibitions and educational programs to promote individual growth and learning.

Current Exhibits:

Kate Blacklock: Looking Closely at What is Not There This exhibit featured an ongoing series of works by the artist Kate Blacklock, including oil paintings, photographs, and 3-D printed ceramics. The exhibit was on display in the Ilgenfritz Gallery until May 7, 2017.

Recent Acquisitions This exhibit showcased the museum’s recent acquisitions by contemporary and 19th-century American artists such as Jesse Burke, Nicole Chesney, Kathie Florsheim, Nicholas Mele, and Mary Dondero. This exhibit was on display in the Griswold Building Hallway until May 7, 2017.

Looking Forward, Looking Back This exhibit features the two main bodies of work by Jay Lacouture, Professor of Art at Salve Regina University. His work explores the teapot idiom and reflects his experiences when he visited China. This exhibit is on display in the Wright Gallery until May 14, 2017.

Newport Annual: Members’ Juried Exhibition 2017 This exhibit is hosted annually and features the top talent of the region. The exhibition is a perfect blend of eclectic and passionate pieces from emerging artists, and is on display until May 21, 2017.


The museum offers a wide variety of educational art programs for visitors and community members of all ages to enroll in. There are adult classes focused on drawing, printmaking, ceramics and sculpture, painting, photography, and jewelry and textiles.

The museum hosts workshops for guests, including a color camp for adults, a clay room with mom workshop for children to spend time with their mothers, and even photography. Visiting artists will also host workshops; some of those artists include Ron Cowie, Kathleen Conover, Henry Horenstein, and Jason Evans.

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The Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840, Phone: 401-848-8200

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