Since the mid-nineteenth century, Newport has attracted influential artists, writers, architects, and designers who were inspired by the natural beauty of this ocean front community. Newport’s unique history along with its rich tapestry of architecture, arboreta, and cultural organizations in addition to the Newport Art Museum’s permanent collection and archives offer many avenues for reflection and inspiration.

The Newport artist residency, AiR/Newport is designed to encourage the creative, intellectual, and personal growth of emerging and established visual artists and designers by giving them the time, space, and solitude needed to create, apart from the daily demands of production and deadline.

The application deadline is February 15, 2020 for our first artist residency, which will be the full month of June 2020.

We value art and artists as essential components of a vibrant, healthy, and informed community and therefore consider some type of community engagement activity by the resident artists / designers a priority.

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  • Artist Status: Mid-Career and Established Artists
  • Collaboration: May apply as a team (2 people maximum)
  • Geography: Open to US artists
  • $40 application fee paid through Slideroom
  • The Newport residency strives to create a community of artists that reflects a rich mix of artistic styles and ethnic, social and human diversity. The Newport Art Museum actively seeks applicants from all backgrounds, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, marital status, or ancestry

Facilities & Services

  • Private Housing: (individual apartment with private entrance, bath and kitchen) within historic John N.A, Griswold House
  • Parking spot
  • Laundry facilities on-site
  • Private Studio Space: clean, recently updated 400 sq. ft. studio space within the Museum’s Coleman Center for Creative Studies building
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Meals: Daily meals and food are not provided. Food markets, shopping and restaurants are located within walking distance. Kitchen is available for residents to prepare their own meals
  • Companion: Spouses/partners allowed for full stay
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios/museum (during public hours) are accessible. Public areas are wheelchair accessible. The resident’s apartment within the historic Griswold House is not wheelchair accessible

Stipends / other support:

  • $500 Honorarium
  • $200 Travel Stipend
  • $250 Meals/food shopping
  • $500 Materials/Supplies/Equipment (any purchased equipment will remain with the Museum)

We are grateful to our generous supporters:

EJMP Fund for Philanthropy
Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
The Sand Foundation
Cynthia Sinclair
University Lane Foundation Charitable Trust Indenture
Roseanne Williams

The Newport Art Museum will host a welcome dinner for the Resident Artists and will arrange special tours of nearby cultural organizations, as well as introductions to curators, artists and designers.

Resident artists will be encouraged to participate in community art studio tours and exhibit work in a dedicated Museum space for public viewing at the end of their residency. All resident artists will be featured on the Museum’s web site and in social media posts.