January 2021

We begin this new year with positive momentum thanks to the generosity of many who contributed to our Museum throughout the challenging year of 2020 and to our resilient Museum team who helped make it all possible.

I’m delighted to welcome our newest Museum trustees: Ellen Bowman, Patrick Dolat and Ellie H Voorhes. Each of them brings a wealth of talent and experience to our Museum in the areas of design, architecture, human resources, diversity and inclusion, communications, and art history.

Our new Director of Advancement, Margaret Sullivan-Carr, will begin her tenure in mid-January. Margaret’s extensive professional background in fund development, marketing and strategic planning will serve our Museum well. Margaret is relocating from Boston back to Newport, her home town. We’re very fortunate our Museum was her first choice.

We’ve also added significant gifts of artworks to our permanent collection thanks to some extremely generous donors. The largest donation to date of photographs includes works by Donna Ferrato, David Seltzer, Sally Gall, Peter Turnley, Alen MacWeeney, and Ralph Gibson. Other collection gifts include a Durr Freedley painting, Joseph Norman lithographs, and a beautiful bronze chandelier manufactured by Cox, Parish & Unger.

A previous gift of art, a luminous outdoor glass sculpture by artist Howard Ben Tré titled “Two-Capped,” has just been installed in our courtyard.

While no one can predict what lies in store for us in 2021, our Museum has created a guiding document – our strategic plan “INSIGHT 2020: A New Direction for a New Decade.” Onward.

Norah Diedrich, Executive Director