The Newport Annual

January 25, 2020 - April 26, 2020

Griswold House

For over 30 years, the Newport Annual Members’ Juried Exhibition has been a highly anticipated event by artists, curators and collectors in Rhode Island and beyond.

This year, the Newport Art Museum is excited to expand the entry to artists throughout New England (Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine), showcasing an eclectic, regional survey of artworks in various mediums.

This year’s juried exhibition will be on view in the historic Griswold House.

We’re very pleased to announce that Dr. Sharon Matt Atkins, Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Brooklyn Museum, will be our 2020 exhibition juror.

In addition to selecting featured artists for The Newport Annual exhibition, the juror will also award the following cash prizes:

Best-in-Show: $1000
Second Place: $100
Third Place: $100
Members’ Prize: $100

About Dr. Sharon Matt Atkins

Since joining the Brooklyn Museum in 2009, Sharon Matt Atkins has held the roles of Managing Curator of Exhibitions and, now, Director of Curatorial Affairs. At the Brooklyn Museum, she most recently organized Iggy Pop Life Class by Jeremy Deller (2016), Stephen Powers: Coney Island Is Still Dreamland (To a Seagull) (2015) and FAILE: Savage/Sacred Young Minds (2015). In 2014, she organized Swoon: Submerged Motherlands, as well as the Brooklyn presentation of Ai Weiwei: According to What?. In 2012, she co-organized GO: a community-curated open studio project with Shelley Bernstein. She has also coordinated exhibitions devoted to Andy Warhol and Norman Rockwell, and has facilitated numerous other special exhibitions. Before her move to Brooklyn, Atkins was the Assistant Curator at the Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire. Previously, she held positions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum. Atkins received an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Submission Information

The submission window is now closed.

The Newport Annual will only accept submissions through SlideRoom.

Artists may submit a total of 3 images, documenting up to 3 distinct artworks.

The Entry fee is: $35 (Members), $45 (Non-Members)

Eligibility and Requirements:

  • Artists must be living in CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, or VT.
  • Artists may submit work in any media. The Museum cannot accept works of art that are living (flowers, plants, etc.).
  • Works of art must be original and current (completed 2018 or 2019).
  • Submitting artists must pay the entry fee to have their work considered by the Juror.
  • To submit as a member, your membership must be valid through December 31, 2019.

All works of art accepted for exhibition must be:

  • Available during the exhibition dates
  • No larger than 5 feet on the longest/largest size—no exceptions.
  • New to the Museum—has not been exhibited before at the Newport Art Museum
  • Properly prepared for installation and ready to hang or display

Shipping/Art Drop-Off:

Works of art accepted for inclusion in the exhibition must be shipped to the Museum or dropped off during the set drop-off times.

Works shipped to the Museum must arrive at the Museum December 9 -21, 2019. The Newport Art Museum strongly recommends that artists obtain tracking numbers when shipping packages of works of art to the Museum.

Shipped works of art must be accompanied by a signed loan agreement and a prepaid packing label for return shipping (included in the package with the art).

Drop-off Dates:

Works of art can be dropped off at the Museum on the following dates and times:
Friday, December 6:  12pm – 7pm.
Saturday, December 7:  10am – 5pm.

The Newport Art Museum reserves the right to not include work that is deemed unstable or that is not professionally presented. The Museum will insure work (for up to $1,000) while on exhibition.The Museum is not responsible for works of art during transit to/from the Museum. The Museum and Curatorial Team reserve the right to determine the placement and arrangement for works of art without consultation with the artist. Special requirements for display and art handling must be noted on the loan form (sent to artists accepted for exhibition).

This exhibition is made possible by your contributions to the Annual Fund.