October 8, 2019   |   By Merrill Allen

RELEASE: Newport Art Museum to Host Art Excursion to William Trost Richards Exhibition at Boston College


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


Newport Art Museum to Host Art Excursion to William Trost Richards Exhibition at Boston College

Sunday, November 10, 2019

(Newport, RI – October 8, 2019) – The Newport Art Museum will host a Museum Art Excursion to Boston, MA on Sunday, November 10, 2019. Guests will depart the Newport Art Museum on a coach bus at 8:30 am to visit the McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College as well as the Harvard Art Museums and return at approximately 6 pm. Tickets are $150, or $130 for Newport Art Museum members, and include transportation, entry to the museums, and a catered box lunch. Space is limited, and guests should purchase tickets at newportartmuseum.org.

The day will begin with a private guided tour of the exhibition “William Trost Richards: Hieroglyphs of Landscape” at the McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College, led by McMullen Museum of Art Curator Jeffery Howe, Inaugural Robert L. and Judith T. Winston Director Nancy Netzer and William Vareika, owner of Vareika Fine Arts, who is an abiding champion of Richards’ work.

“William Trost Richards: Hieroglyphs of Landscape” is a breathtaking exhibition of nearly 200 oil paintings, watercolors, drawings and sketchbooks, including works on loan from the Newport Art Museum and Vareika Fine Arts. This important career survey reveals how Richards’ landscapes and seascapes manifest the Romantics’ hieroglyphic interpretation of nature, a metaphor embraced by Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau.

After a delicious lunch in Harvard Square, the group will travel to the Harvard Art Museums and enjoy current exhibitions: “Winslow Homer: Eyewitness” and “Crossing Lines, Constructing Home: Displacement and Belonging in Contemporary Art.”

Tickets for the Museum Art Excursion are available at newportartmuseum.org.

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.

Newport Art Museum Art Excursion to Boston, MA
Sunday, November 10, 2019

Trip Itinerary:
8:30 am:  Depart from the Newport Art Museum on a coach bus
10:30 am:  Private Guided Tour of William Trost Richards: Hieroglyphs of Landscape at Boston College
12:30 pm: Lunch in Harvard Square
1:30 pm:  Self guided visit to the Harvard Art Museums
4:00 pm:  Depart from the Harvard Art Museums
6:00 pm:  Approximate arrival back at the Newport Art Museum

William T. Richards. Lulworth Cove, Dorset, England (watercolor), c. 1880