Artist in Residence Newport
2022 AiR/Newport Residents
Orlando Almanza: October 2022 Artist in Residence
Newport Art Museum thanks Orlando Almanza for joining us during the month of October 2022. Orlando works and resides between Havana, Cuba and Portland, OR.
I am drawn to stories. I love to listen to myths, legends and stories and to hold them in my mind. To imagine how they occurred. My passion and work is to find the visual universe where myths exist and to commit them to memory on canvas. My pieces often begin with sculpture-like figures which are then layered with paint and colors. I like to leave lines, clues and hidden surprises in my pieces, exploring the nuance and layers of each moment. In my work, nothing is certain, nothing is finished, nothing is exactly as it seems. Spirit-like figures appear momentarily, half-truth, half-myth. Fantastical creatures are nestled behind palms and colorful flowers. Lush landscapes and colors give a sense of the unknown, of our hopes and fears and all things both real and imagined.
Aimee Beaubien: June 2022 Artist in Residence
Newport Art Museum thanks Chicago-based artist Aimée Beaubien for joining us during the month of June 2022 - and creating a memorable “first impression” for our visitors this summer with her engaging and tactile installation piece positioned at the entry of our historic Griswold House.
Kathryn Frund: April 2022 Artist in Residence
Connecticut-based artist Kathryn Frund joined us during the month of April 2022 and during her residency constructed a large fabric map of Rhode Island using knit clothing culled from Goodwill discard bins. Kathryn's assemblages and installations pose questions about the complex relationships between nature and our consumer-driven society, exploring themes of stewardship, damage, fluidity, and control.