Hamilton Gallery, Newport Art Museum partner to offer portraiture exhibit
The Dorrance H. Hamilton Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of “Character Appeal: Portraits from the Newport Art Museum,” an exhibition of portraiture from the 18th to 21st centuries. The exhibit will run from Thursday, Oct. 6, through Thursday, Nov. 6. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, Oct. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m.
“In the same year that Salve Regina celebrates its 75th Anniversary, we are excited to share the news of our continuing partnership with the Newport Art Museum,” said Ernest Jolicoeur, director of the Hamilton Gallery, and Dr. Anthony Mangieri, chair of the Department of Art and Art History. “This collaboration is enabling art and art history students to engage directly with museum professionals and examine the issues facing museums and the communities they serve.”
“Character Appeal: Portraits from the Newport Art Museum” examines likeness, identity and personality through the timeless subject of portraiture. This exhibition presents seventeen artworks on loan from the Newport Art Museum, featuring a range of paintings, drawings, prints and photographs. The portraits offers images of youth and age, individuals and couples, the costumed and the contemplative, the everyday and the reimagined.
Highlights include a Japanese woodblock print from 1796 and an oil portrait of the writer and suffragist Julia Ward Howe from the 1890s. The exhibition also features numerous artworks with Newport ties, including paintings by Christopher Benson and Freedley Durr, a wood engraving by John La Farge, and a pencil drawing by Howard Gardiner Cushing.
A partnership with the Newport Art Museum made this exhibition possible. The curated selection of portraits was organized in collaboration with a community engaged learning course co-taught by Jolicoeur and Dr. Mangieri, both of whom are associate professors in the Department of Art and Art History.
“We are so thankful to the Newport Art Museum for graciously loaning us such fascinating portraits and for partnering with our Salve students,” said Jolicoeur and Dr. Mangieri. “As the premier art museum on Aquidneck Island and one of the country’s great regional museums, the Newport Art Museum is the ideal community partner for our students in art and art history to work with as they gain first-hand experience in curatorial practice and the role of museums in society.”
The Dorrance H. Hamilton Gallery is located in the Antone Academic Center on the campus of Salve Regina. It is handicap accessible with parking along Lawrence Avenue and Leroy Avenue. Its exhibits are open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays from Noon to 4 p.m. The gallery is closed on Mondays.