Designing the Art Museum Campus

Designing the Art Museum Campus

As the cohort continues their group assignment to reimagine how the Newport Art Museum’s public spaces work as a unified Arts Campus  – the MuSE quest lead the students to two different locations.  L&A Landscape Architecture hosted the group in their...

What Makes Spaces Recognizably Public?

by Nijah Johnson, MuSE Class of 2018 Having a talk and walk with Nora [Diedrich] really made me realize the things that matter in a public space, such as the ramps and paths to help people with a wheelchair or other disability, and to ask questions like how can we...

Direction on Campus at NAM

by Kim Pike, MuSE Class of 2018 The museum needs some ways of making people want to not only come onto the property, but also to come into the buildings and see the actual exhibits.  One way that I think this could be accomplished is that on the empty sides of the...

Intentional Open Space at NAM

by Ella Menoche, MuSE Class of 2018 Design is broken down into six fundamental principles: balance, proximity, alignment, repetition, contrast, and space. These principles should all play into the planning of the new campus, because one, without the other, causes a...
The Curator’s Cool, Cool World

The Curator’s Cool, Cool World

This time last year,Newport Art Museum had a brand new curator.  This week, Dr. Francine Weiss, Senior Curator, told the MuSE class of 2018 student cohort her story of what it was like to start the job fresh, while viewing her first big curatorial statement: the...
Meet the MuSE Cohort!

Meet the MuSE Cohort!

The MuSE Cohort of 2017-2018 walked the museum grounds this week with Executive Director Norah Diedrich, looking first hand at the campus as the students begin work on their museum campus plan.  Their project is grounded in the museum wide strategic initiative to...

Museums Speak to Politics

On March 16,  the New York Times published a special Museums section, including an article about how museums react to current and historical events and how they have reacted to President Trump’s inauguration. This article is a great look into the opinions...

2017 Newport Annual Juried Show Review

This year the Newport Art Museum celebrates the amazing, talented artists of the region with the 30th Newport Annual Members’ Juried Exhibition.  Open to all museum members for submission, the museum brings in a guest juror selected from another arts institution in...

Redwood Library and – What’s An Athenæum?

The meaning of the word Athenæum sheds some light on the role of the Redwood Library and Atheneum in Newport. In colonial Newport, people were busy building, working, doing business and surviving. In 1747, some of the town’s men decided they need to do more;...

50 Years After “The Flood”

After the Florence Flood: Saving Vasari’s ‘Last Supper’ New York Times, By PAULA DEITZ  Nov. 3, 2016 FLORENCE, ITALY — In early morning light, the low buildings lining both sides of the Arno River here glow in their myriad shades of ochre, like the shallow river...