It Takes Diversity of Thought, Culture, Background, and Perspective to Create a Truly Equitable and Inclusive Museum.

The Newport Art Museum’s mission is to share a diversity of art and experiences that spark reflection, inspiration, discovery, and connections within our Newport community and beyond. We are committed to cultivating and preserving a culture of inclusion because the collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, innovation, self-expression, and talent that our employees invest in their work ensures the Museum is a welcoming place for everyone. In recruiting for our team, we welcome the unique contributions that new employees can bring in terms of education, opinions, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, veteran’s status, color, religion, disability, sexual orientation and beliefs.

Preparator (Independent Contractor)

Position: Preparator

Status: Independent Contractor

Start Date: June 1

Contact: Francine Weiss

Position Summary:

Join the dynamic curatorial team at the Newport Art Museum as we install new exhibitions, refresh galleries, and care for our collection. The Preparator (Independent Contractor) is involved in all technical aspects of art handling working with the Preparator on staff, Chief Curator, Curatorial Fellow, and Registrar. The Preparator (Independent Contractor) prepares galleries for exhibition and works of art for both display and storage, packs and unpacks works of art, and deinstall exhibitions.

Essential Functions:

  • Prepares artwork for exhibition– tasks include but are not limited to framing/unframing 2D works; mount-making and fabrication; and assisting with object packing/unpacking
  • Prepares gallery spaces for exhibition– including wall preparation (patching, sanding, painting); installation/deinstallation of art objects; vinyl title and text installation; and label/wall text panel construction and installation
  • Adheres to best practices for handling works of art
  • Interacts and works with fellow contractors, Museum employees, collectors, donors, and visitors in a courteous and professional manner
  • Performs required work effectively and efficiently

Essential Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of and experience with museum standards for packing, crating, handling, and installing and deinstalling artworks of all sizes and mediums
  • High attention to detail
  • Experience and skill with hand and power tools, ladders, and other large equipment
  • Basic math skills
  • Has strong organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Possesses good communication skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently
  • Ability to take direction from the Curatorial Staff
  • Possesses excellent time-management and planning skills
  • Ability to work well, and remain calm, under pressure

Required Education and Experience:

  • A., B.F.A., M.A., or M.F.A. in studio art, art history, or a related field, but consideration will be given to candidates with related experience
  • A minimum of 2 years of experience as a preparator in a gallery or museum

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

  • Work may be performed both indoors and outdoors on Museum campus
  • Position may require standing for prolonged periods, walking, climbing, bending and stretching
  • Ability to lift and carry a minimum of 50 pounds unassisted
  • Ability to climb ladders etc. in excess of 8 feet

This is an independent contractor position. Work is conducted during installation/deinstallation periods and during Museum office hours: Monday – Friday 9:30am- 5pm. Installation periods typically occur quarterly, for a period of 4-6 weeks.

Payment rates are at discretion of the contractor in agreement with the Museum.

Qualified candidates should send a cover letter, current résumé, and three references to: No phone calls please.

The Newport Art Museum recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to its work culture and integral to its role as a cultural institution serving the public. We welcome candidates whose experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence.


Part Time Teaching Artist

The Education Department at Newport Art Museum seeks qualified Teaching Artists to teach classes at the Museum School.

The Museum School at the Minnie and Jimmy Coleman Center for Creative Studies hosts art classes and workshops throughout the year, as well as a variety of camps during the summer and school vacation weeks. The successful candidate should be prepared to teach courses, and to provide vital cultural experiences to a diverse group of students with a wide range of experience. Interpersonal skills, clarity, and creativity in teaching are essential. Candidates should be prepared to encourage students to grow creatively and intellectually.


Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts, Museum Studies or Art Education required.


Preferred Qualifications

All teaching artists are welcome to apply, however we are specifically looking for instructors who can teach in these areas:

  • Animation
  • Architecture
  • Art + Activism
  • Ceramics
  • Design Fundamentals
  • Drawing
  • Fashion Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Interior Design
  • Landscape Design
  • Mixed Media
  • Photography
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Visual + Critical Language (liberal arts: writing and research in visual arts)

The Newport Art Museum is an equal opportunity employer and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.

Independent Contractor Hourly Pay, rate negotiable.

To Apply

Qualified candidates should send a cover letter and current résumé, to with Art Instructor in the subject line. No phone calls please.

Director of Finance

The Finance Director, reporting directly to the Executive Director, is responsible for leading all aspects of the Museum’s financial operations. This includes financial reporting, accounts receivable and accounts payable management, grant support, and comprehensive budget administration. The Finance Director is also tasked with producing accurate financial reports, maintaining meticulous accounting records, ensuring the precise processing of financial transactions, and overseeing a robust system of controls and budgets, basic human resources and policy documents. These responsibilities are strategically designed to mitigate financial risk, enhance financial reporting accuracy in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), adhere to grants management standards, and facilitate successful audits.

The Finance Director is a full-time position with benefits, with an anticipated workload of 35-40 hours per week, with a flexible Monday-Friday work schedule.

Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Oversee day-to-day accounting operations and maximizes the return on financial assets and policies in collaboration with the Director of Operations.
  • Continuously examine financial data and deliver precise and timely financial reports. Develop monthly financial statements for senior leadership and the Board of Trustees, incorporating analysis and explanations of budget-to-actual variances. Generate monthly reports on admissions revenue analysis for the entire staff.
  • Supervise the forecasting of organizational cash flow through collaboration with staff, conduct routine cash reconciliations, and perform reconciliations of Accounts Payable and Receivable and Payroll. Identify opportunities for cost-cutting, savings, and profit.
  • Lead yearly budgeting and planning process, working closely with the Senior Leadership team and conducting regular check-ins with key staff to build sustainable departmental and operating budgets
  • Provide grant support, ensuring compliance with grant requirements and management collaboration with Advancement Department
  • Collaborate with department heads to administer and monitor budgets across departments to optimize financial resources, including attending weekly department head meetings and presenting finance trends and needs.
  • Ensure that financial reporting complies with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Develop department protocols and controls based on industry best practices, leveraging technological efficiency and automation, and transition recent records to desired system and workflow
  • Actively monitor financial assets, including endowments, lines of credit, and loans. Manage insurance policies, including property, liability, event, art, etc. Reconciles staff credit card statements and expense reports and monitors spending. Facilitate smooth and successful financial audits.
  • Support and amplify the Newport Art Museum’s mission and core values, including Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility values. Work professionally with individuals of all levels and abilities, including vendors, trustees, donors, volunteers, and other stakeholders.
  • Assist the Executive Director in reporting to the Board treasurer and finance committee. Attend Board meetings as necessary.
  • Supervise benefits administration including healthcare, pension, and health savings accounts. Ensures compliance with best practices for HR recordkeeping and policy.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities)

  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting, or related field (Museum/Non-Profit experience preferred)
  • CPA preferred
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience in not-for-profit accounting management
  • Excellent communication, written, and interpersonal skills
  • Detail-oriented with a commitment to accuracy
  • The ability to convey financial information with clarity to staff and Board
  • Proven experience in financial management and accounting
  • Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP)
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills
  • Proficiency in Quickbooks and other financial software systems
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Grant management experience is a plus
  • Ability to meet deadlines and to handle multiple projects simultaneously

Interested candidates should submit their resume, cover letter, a list of references, and their salary requirements.

The Newport Art Museum recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to its work culture and integral to its role as a cultural institution serving the public. We welcome candidates whose experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. The Newport Art Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.

Established in 1912, the Newport Art Museum educates and inspires a diverse audience through collecting, preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting historic and contemporary visual arts, emphasizing the rich heritage of the Newport region. It integrates appreciation for the arts and art-making into all programs and is fully accredited by the American Association of Museums.

Job Type: Full-time


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off


Experience level: 3 Years

Schedule: Monday to Friday

Work Location: In person, Remote 1 day per week