December 8, 2021   |   By Merrill Allen

Newport Art Museum Announces The Newport Biennial 2022 Featured Artists


Merrill Allen
Director of Marketing
Newport Art Museum
76 Bellevue Avenue
Newport, RI 02840
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Newport Art Museum Announces
The Newport Biennial 2022 Featured Artists
Exhibition will be on view January 8 – May 29, 2022

(Newport, RI – December 8, 2021) – The Newport Art Museum is pleased to announce its acceptance of 69 artists into The Newport Biennial 2022 exhibition, which will be on view January 8 – May 29, 2022. For over 30 years, The Newport Biennial (formerly known as the Newport Annual Members’ Juried Exhibition) has been a highly anticipated event by artists, curators, and collectors in Rhode Island and beyond. This fall, 284 individual artists submitted 850 individual works of art to be reviewed by juror Dr. Kimberli Gant, the McKinnon Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art at the Chrysler Museum. The resulting exhibition will showcase an eclectic, regional survey of artworks in various mediums.

The exhibition will show work by the following artists: Penny Ashford, Jillian Barber, Meris Barreto, Reenie Barrow, Rebecca Boxx, Nicole Browning, Wendy Brusick, Semaj Campbell, Howard Cannon, Rick Catallozzi, Diana Cheren Nygren, Nicole Chesney, Alexandra Chiou, Daniel Clayman, Birchfield Coffey, Nicholas Costopoulos, Robin Crocker, Sonja Czekalski, James Dye, Katie Dye, Deb Ehrens, Bethany Engstrom, Jamaal Eversley, Natalie Featherston, Mark Fernandez, Gail Fischer, Carol FitzSimonds, Ira Garber, Natasha Harrison, Anna Hitchcock, Kathy Hodge, Peter Hussey, Erica Licea-Kane, Rebecca Klementovich, Peter Landry, Scott Lapham, Elizabeth Lind, Pascale Lord, Saberah Malik, Kristen Mallia, Susan Mead Matthews, Eileen McCarney Muldoon, Nick McKnight, Heather McMordie, Chil Mott, Paul M. Murray, Kat O’Connor, Hillel O’Leary, Stephanie Osser, Agustín Patiño, Elizabeth K. Peña Alvarez, Ponnapa Prakkamakul, Ellen Pratte, Mariana Ramos Ortiz, Suzanne Révy, Nina Ruelle, Lilla Samson, Ellen Schiffman, Janice Smyth, Derrick A Te Paske, Julie Angela Theresa, Lisa May Tobin, Carrie Usmar, Nadya Volicer, Jennifer Walker, David Weyermann, Mark Wholey, and Caren Winnall.

“I was thrilled and honored to be the 2021 juror for the Newport Biennial,” said Dr. Kimberli Gant. “There were so many amazing artists from around the region, working a myriad of different mediums. From seeing photography to painting, sculpture to performance, there is a wealth of artistic talent that I got to learn about through this process. I selected works that were dynamic and inspiring, as well as having a thoughtful message. It was an amazing experience that introduced me to some new, wonderful artists.”

In addition to selecting the featured artists, Dr. Kimberli Gant will also award cash prizes during an Opening Reception on Friday, January 7, 2022 from 5-7pm. Prizes include $1000 for Best in-Show, $500 for Second Place, and $300 for Third Place.

More information about The Newport Biennial 2022, as well as the Opening Reception, can be found at

About Our Juror

Kimberli Gant, PhD is the McKinnon Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art at the Chrysler Museum. She has held curatorial positions at the Newark Museum, The Contemporary Austin, and the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art. She has curated numerous exhibitions including Brendan Fernandes: Bodily Forms, Multiple Modernisms, Wondrous Worlds: Art & Islam through Time & Place, and De-Luxe. Kimberli holds Art History degrees from the University of Texas Austin, Columbia University, and Pitzer College.

About the Newport Art Museum

The Newport Art Museum was founded in 1912 on the belief that arts and culture have the power to bring diverse groups of individuals together, which ultimately promotes civic engagement and strengthens the social fabric of our communities. This core belief continues to guide the Museum’s direction today. Museum offerings range from exhibitions and lectures to art classes in its Museum School and art trips to other cultural institutions. Located on 3-acres along beautiful Bellevue Avenue in Newport, RI, the Museum’s galleries are housed in two historically significant buildings and feature notable special exhibitions as well as selections from its growing permanent collection.

Our Museum’s mission is to share a diversity of art and experiences that spark reflection, inspiration, discovery, and connection within our Newport community and beyond. The Museum is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday from noon to 5 pm. Museum membership levels and benefits, art school classes and registration, exhibition schedules, public programming, and more can be found at Phone: (401) 848-8200.