Director's Message

October 2019

Over the past few weeks, I’ve had many Museum members ask me if I’ve been enjoying some down time after a typically ‘lively’ summer season in Newport. My answer has been, not just yet, the Museum is busier than ever.

Our talented curatorial team has just finished installing our fall exhibitions, including “Forever Young: Representations of Childhood and Adolescence,” which features works by such artists as Diane Arbus, Sally Mann, and Abelardo Morell and “America at Play: Winslow Homer,” an exhibition showcasing illustrations from wood engravings, all from our permanent collection. I hope you’ll join us for our Fall Exhibitions Opening Reception on Friday, October 4, as well as our ‘Art After Dark’ late night art happening on Thursday, October 10, where you’ll have an opportunity to engage in play with Clue, Pictionary and a special Eye Spy scavenger hunt in the galleries. There will be a special Curator’s Tour of “Forever Young” for Museum members on Friday, October 18 from 4 – 5pm.

We’re also working on the final draft of our new strategic plan: IMPACT 2030, which will set our Museum’s priorities and direction for the next decade. With the help of community leaders across Rhode Island, we’ve organized strategic plan stakeholder convenings to help us test our assumptions and consider new ideas.

Additionally, we’re preparing to launch our Artist-in-Residence program, the first of its kind in Newport. We’ve received generous support for this exciting initiative from Rhode Island State Council on the Arts; EJMP Fund for Philanthropy, Elizabeth “Lisette” Prince, Trustee; The Sand Foundation; Mark Weil and Joan Hall, West Bay View Foundation; Cynthia Sinclair, James J. Coleman, Jr., and Roseanne Williams. Thank you all!

Please explore our website and learn more about other exciting Museum programs, all of which are designed to enlighten, engage and connect our diverse communities through the universal language of art.

Sincere thanks to all of our supporters, members and volunteers for helping us ensure that our historic Art Museum continues to thrive well into the 21st century.

It’s good to be busy!

Norah Diedrich
Executive Director