February 4, 2019   |   By Merrill Allen

Newport Art Museum Announces Members’ Juried Exhibition Award Winners


Merrill Allen
Director of Marketing
Newport Art Museum
76 Bellevue Avenue
Newport, RI 02840
(401) 619-7999


Newport Art Museum Announces Members’ Juried Exhibition Award Winners

Ed Ferszt Wins Best-In-Show

(Newport, RI – February 4, 2019) – The Newport Art Museum is please to announce the winners of the 2019 Newport Annual Members’ Juried Exhibition. One of the Museum’s most anticipated annual events, this exhibition highlights top talent from the region, bringing together an eclectic mix of art sourced from Rhode Island and beyond. Entries are open, calling established and emerging artists alike to submit their work for exhibition and review. The resulting mix of art on display is always surprising and diverse, showcasing the varied interests and focus of our region’s passionate artists.

This year marks the 32nd Newport Annual Members’ Juried Exhibition. The Newport Art Museum was privileged to have Dr. Helen Burnham, the Pamela and Peter Voss Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston as well as Dr. Leora Maltz-Leca, Associate Professor of Global Contemporary Art and Chair of the Department of Theory & History of Art & Design at the Rhode Island School of Design as jurors. Burnham and Maltz-Leca selected 90 artworks from 265 submissions to be featured in the exhibition.

Newport Art Museum Senior Curator Francine Weiss announced the award-winners at an Opening Reception Friday, February 1 to a crowd of over 400 guests. Artist Ed Ferszt won the “Best-In-Show Award” for his work, “Habits of the Heart: The Odyssey.” For a full list of winners, see below.

Visitors to the Newport Art Museum will decide the 2019 “People’s Choice Award”. Visitors may vote for their favorite piece, once per visit. The Newport Annual will run through March 17, 2019. The Newport Art Museum is located at 76 Bellevue Avenue. For more information visit newportartmuseum.org or call (401) 848-8200.


2019 Newport Annual Award Winners:


Ed Ferszt | Habits of the Heart: The Odyssey

2nd Place

Christian Potter Drury | Blossum #1

3rd Place

Saberah Malik | Beanstalking

Honorable Mention

Kristin Street | Charting the Unknown

Honorable Mention

Whitney Overocker | Herring Loss

About the Newport Art Museum

Founded in 1912, The Newport Art Museum is one of the oldest continuously operating and most highly regarded art museums and schools of its kind in the country. The Art Museum offers a provocative diversity of creative voices in its historic Newport setting. Visitors can expect treasures from its permanent collection featuring American art from the late 19th century to the present, as well as programmed exhibitions of contemporary art. Dedicated Museum docents are available to offer guided tours of the campus and educate visitors on the architecture, artwork and history of the Museum. Artist Talks, film screenings, lectures and musical performances are scheduled throughout the year.

The Museum operates on a three-building campus, the main building being National Historic landmark, the John N.A. Griswold House. It was designed by architect Richard Morris Hunt, completed in 1864 and remains the premier example of American “Stick-Style” architecture. Richard Morris Hunt went on to design Marble House, The Breakers, Ochre Court, Belcourt Castle, and other landmarks in Newport and New York, including the base for the Statue of Liberty. Adjacent to the Griswold House is the Cushing Building, built in 1919, featuring two rotating galleries as well as the Cushing Memorial Gallery dedicated to the artist Howard Gardiner Cushing. Completing the three-building campus is the Art Museum’s art school, the Coleman Center for Creative Studies, which offers year-round art classes, camps and workshops, incorporates the Museum’s collection into its curriculum and focuses on art fundamentals as well as design, digital studies and continuing education for artists of all ages and interests. The Newport Art Museum is fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

The Museum is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, Thursdays April – December until 7 pm, Sunday from noon to 5 pm, and from 10 am to 8 pm every second Thursday of the month for the Art After Dark programming. The Museum is closed to the public on Mondays. Museum membership levels and benefits, art school classes and registration, exhibition schedules, public programming, and more can be found at www.newportartmuseum.org. Phone: (401) 848-8200.