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Newport Art Museum to Host Virtual Benefit Art Auction

Newport Art Museum will present its 2020 Benefit Art Auction in support of art, artists, and the Museum from August 8 – 29, 2020. This virtual auction will feature the work of 70 established artists who have donated their exceptional artworks, including paintings, prints, and photographs, and will be hosted via online auction house, Bidsquare. To view artwork and place bids, guests must register for the auction at newportartmuseum.org/BenefitAuction2020. It is recommended that guests register early to allow time for approval.

The Newport Art Museum has recently reopened its doors to the public after a temporary closure due to the coronavirus crisis. However, due to the limitations imposed on large public events this summer season, the Museum is unable to invite guests to any of its annual fundraisers or gala, which raise essential funds for arts programming, exhibitions, and historic preservation. With the 2020 Benefit Auction, those looking forward to supporting artists and the Museum, while adding artwork to their own collection, still can.

Proceeds from this auction will ensure the Museum continues to build and care for its collections, exhibit a diversity of artists, provide arts education in the Museum School and out in the community, and preserve its historically significant buildings. The Museum will split 50% of the proceeds from each artwork sold with its contributing artist. Many artists have been denied exhibition openings, gallery sales, and teaching posts as a result of postponements and temporary closures due to the coronavirus crisis, and the hope is that these sales will aid in supporting their art practice during these challenging times.

The Newport Art Museum was founded in 1912 on the belief that art is an essential component of vibrant communities. All those who wish to view an exhibition or enroll in an art class are welcome. For over a century, the Museum has continued to promote these ideals of access and outreach. Today, the Museum is committed to exhibiting and collecting a diversity of artistic voices and experiences, thus sparking reflection, inspiration, discovery, and connection to ourselves, our community, and our world.

Artists represented in the 2020 Benefit Art Auction include Donald Baechler, James Baker, Reenie Barrow, Harry Benson, Nicholas Benson, Richard Bernstein, Ross Bleckner, Scott Bluedorn, Lisa Bracken, Jessica Brili, Jean Marie Bucich, EJ Camp, Birch Coffey, Matthew Cohen, Anne Winthrop Cordin, Freddy Cushing, David Dewey, Peter Dickison, Nathan Dilworth, Mary Dondero, Jemison Faust, Mark Fernandez, Ron Galella, Kevin Gilmore, Jodie Mim Goodnough, Robert S. Greenberg, John K. Grosvenor, Joan Hall, Bunny Harvey, Mary Heilmann, Debbie Hesse, Joshua Huyser, Gabriella Imperatori-Penn, James Isherwood, Bill Jacklin, Arghavan Khosravi, Marie Louise Kirchner, Kris Knight, Bill Lane, Freddy Leiva, Christopher Makos, Gayle Wells Mandle, Robert Manice, Liz Markus, Rania Matar, Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, Sue McNally, Rupert Nesbitt, Maggie Nowinski, Thomas Palmer, Enoc Perez, Anthony Quinn, John Redick, Robert Risko, Nathan Ritterpusch, Kenny Scharf, Kate Simon, Hunt Slonem, Paul Solberg, Michael Stricklin, Stephanie Pfriender Stylander, Billy Sullivan, Ardeshir Tabrizi, Christian Vincent, Roseanne Williams, and Margaret Ann Withers. This list is complete as of July 24, 2020.

More information on the 2020 Benefit Art Auction, including how to register as a bidder, can be found at newportartmuseum.org/BenefitAuction2020.

About the Newport Art Museum

The Newport Art Museum was founded in 1912 on the belief that art is a civilizing influence and an essential component to creating vibrant communities. Charter Members included Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, Pulitzer-Prize winning author Maud Howe Elliott, Helena and Louisa Sturtevant, and Edith Wetmore. The first exhibition featured art works from local artists, as well as those with international reputations, including George Bellows, Mary Cassatt, and Childe Hassam.

By 1915, the organization’s founders had purchased a suitable building for their art classes and exhibitions—the John N.A. Griswold House on Newport’s famed Bellevue Avenue. This exceptional example of “stick-style” architecture was Richard Morris Hunt’s first commission in Newport and was completed in 1864.

In 1920, a second gallery building designed by the New York architectural firm, Delano and Aldrich and dedicated to the memory of artist Howard Gardiner Cushing, opened just to the south of the Griswold House. The Sarah Rives lobby and Morris Gallery were added in 1990 providing the Museum additional gallery space as well as a climate-controlled collection storage area.

In 2005, the Art Museum embarked on a decade-long renovation of the historically significant Richard Morris Hunt building. Today, the Art Museum’s beautiful 3-acre campus includes the Griswold house, the Cushing Building, and the Museum School housed in the Coleman Center for Creative Studies. Visitors from around the world enjoy the Art Museum, its public programs and special events each year.

The permanent collection includes over 2,700 fine art objects with a focus on American artists from the 18th century to the present. Rotating exhibitions are installed annually and over the years have included artists as diverse as Winslow Homer, James McNeill Whistler, William Trost Richards, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Andy Warhol. Recent temporary exhibitions have featured artworks by Diane Arbus, George Condo, Lalla Essaydi, Shara Hughes, William Kentridge, Sally Mann, Rania Matar, and Tony Oursler, to mention a few.

Highlights of our historical collection include paintings by Gilbert Stuart and John Smibert, George Inness, Fitz Henry Lane, Lilla Cabot Perry and twenty-five works by William Trost Richards. In addition, the Museum owns works by Winslow Homer and George Bellows, iconic sculptures by William Morris Hunt and Paul Manship, and a number of works by John La Farge. The Museum also owns photographs by Aaron Siskind and wallpaper by Andy Warhol, as well as prints by Philip Guston, Corita Kent, Sol LeWitt, Roy Lichtenstein, Philip Pearlstein, and Ad Reinhardt, as well as glass art by Dale Chihuly and Toots Zynsky.

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