June 2022

This month, we extend a warm welcome to our June Artist-in-Residence, Aimée Beaubien, whose cut-up photographic collages, installations and artist books explore networks of meaning and association between the real and the ideal. She incorporates photographic references to flora and fauna as well as actual plant matter in her intricate and color-saturated installations. Her exhibition “Matter in the Hot House” is now on view at the prestigious SF Camerawork at Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, CA: https://sfcamerawork.org/

I’m looking forward to introducing Aimée to some of Newport’s “secret gardens” over the next few weeks and of course, introducing her to you, and vice versa. Aimée is an Associate Professor of Photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL where she has taught since 1997.

We also welcome three new trustees to our Museum Board: Kimberly Cummins, Frank Garofolo and Erik Saarmaa. They bring experience in such diverse fields as finance, diversity / equity / inclusion, arts education, including the culinary arts, and intellectual property law – in addition to an appreciation for the arts, artists and the important role Art Museums play in sustaining vibrant communities.

At our 109th Annual Meeting of the Membership on June 8th, we will thank two trustees who have completed their Board terms for their time, talent and charitable contributions over the past six years: Steve Richter, our current Board President and trustee Joan Abrams. We will also welcome our new Board President, Barbara Schoenfeld and Vice President, Ellie Voorhes. All Museum members are invited to attend the June 8th Annual Meeting and can RSVP here: https://newportartmuseum.org/events/annual-meeting-2022/

Another very important RSVP is for you and your friends attendance at our Summer Art Party on the evening of July 15th. Those special guests who join us on 7/15/22 will be the first to view our extraordinary summer exhibition “Georgia O’Keeffe: Things I Had No Words For,” which will be this visionary artists second exhibition at the Newport Art Museum. The Art Party is our Museum’s major fundraising event of the year and all proceeds will benefit our Museum’s exceptional exhibition program. Please visit our website for additional information and to purchase tickets: https://newportartmuseum.org/events/summer-art-party/

I’m looking forward to seeing you soon, in our galleries, at our events and now that summer weather has returned, out on our Griswold front porch.

Norah Diedrich, Executive Director