The Newport Art Museum will be closed to visitors until further notice.

Dear Members and Friends,

After consulting with public health officials at the State and local levels, we have decided to temporarily close to the public starting Monday, March 16, 2020. All Museum and Museum school programming during the month of March will be cancelled and in some cases rescheduled for a later date. Registered individuals will be contacted directly. We will make decisions regarding April programming soon.

Although we are not able to welcome visitors in person, we encourage you to connect with us online and enjoy images from our exhibitions past and upcoming, as well as videos and permanent collection artworks on our website. We will also change our monthly Art We Love post on Instagram to a daily post, starting today and through the end of the month. Although we cannot welcome you in person to the Museum, we hope to continue to engage, inspire, and spark conversations during this stressful time.

Please look for regular updates on our website, by email, and on social media and send any questions you may have to or on social media, @newportartmuseum.

We all look forward to seeing you in our galleries and art studios again soon.

Be well,

Norah Diedrich
Executive Director

A Note from our Director: Safety First

The safety and well-being of our visitors, students, staff, and volunteers are always our highest priorities. We are mindful of concerns surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and have taken several measures to ensure a clean and comfortable museum environment.

We have implemented extra precautionary measures to disinfect our spaces throughout the day. The frequency of cleaning high-touch and high-traffic areas such as entryways, handrails, and elevator has been increased. Hand sanitizers are available at our reception desks. We have also temporarily shut down our in-gallery, interactive touchscreens and postponed our scavenger hunt.

We will continue to closely follow the recommendations of U.S. Center for Disease Control and State of Rhode Island, as well as stay up-to-date with local developments. Public health and wellness is truly a community-wide effort, and we take it seriously. As of now, our standard operating hours remain unchanged and public programs will move ahead as planned. We will continue to provide regular updates on our website, by email, and on social media. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions to

Additional resources can be found here:
Rhode Island Department of Health
Center for Disease Control


Norah Diedrich
Executive Director

December 2019

Over the past year, thanks to the generous support of our donors, I’ve had the pleasure of watching several significant capital improvements come to fruition: from a new roof on our historic Cushing Building to redesigned studios in our art school to a refurbished apartment in our Griswold House, now ready for an artist to join us as our first Artist-in-Residence.

Yet, from my perspective, the most transformational activities took place in our galleries. The artists, along with the profound issues that inspired their works, were featured in exhibitions such as “The Shapes of Birds: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa,” “Lalla Essaydi from “Converging Territories” to “Harem Revisited,” William Kentridge “StereoScope,” and Jodie Mim Goodnough “Biophilia.” These exhibitions offered our visitors an opportunity to view the world and world events through someone else’s eyes.

Thoughtful, animated and sometimes heated conversations were sparked. Individual comments were shared through our in-gallery interactive platform, Feedback Loop. Our accompanying public programs provided further opportunities for artists, academics and audiences to continue the dialogue and learn from and about each other.

Ralph Rugoff, the curator of the current Venice Biennale, recently remarked: “the exhibition will aim to underscore the idea that the meaning of artworks are not embedded principally in objects but in conversations . . . what is most important about an exhibition is not what it puts on display, but how audiences can use their experience of the exhibition afterwards, to confront everyday realities from expanded viewpoints and with new energies.” I couldn’t agree more.

I’ll look forward to seeing you in our galleries soon in hopes of striking up a conversation inspired by the art on view.

Norah Diedrich
Executive Director