Current Exhibitions

heritage GALLERY

jon petro, NBAM

9/1/2017 – 11/12/2017
RECEPTION: 9/15, 6 – 8PM

Fatherhood is a subject rarely mined by artists, but when a lifetime of abstract painting was put on the backburner for his two sons, Jon Petro found a conceptual point of departure full of possibility. Although the underlying concept of Petro’s daily interactions with his wife and sons takes on the role of a title, Petro’s primary concern is his use of the formal attributes of painting: color, shape, and form. These qualities, as well as 20th-century art movements such as Abstract Expressionism and the European avant-garde movement COBRA, that celebrated absolute freedom of color and form, have inspired Petro’s energetic and vivid abstractions.

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Fiber Optics Center New Media Gallery

6/20/2017 – 11/19/2017

Opening Reception: 7/13/2017, 6-8PM

Not just a fashion photographer, Jeep Wheat’s work spans the cutting edge of international street art, LBGTQ portraits, the documentation of body positive revolutionaries and a growing number of alternative cultures. Rock and roll was the gateway to Jeep’s photographic career and he continues his pursuit of cultural outlaws and renegades.

Beyond the Box is a collection of color portraits featured in New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks!’s Fiber Optics Center New Media Gallery. These images of individuals with strong senses of personal style not only display the vividness of how they look but also reflect the way they navigate a world less colorful and more mundane than they are. These works showcase a diverse group of individuals that are often excluded from mass media, galleries, and museums.  Beyond the Box provides a space for people like the ones in Jeep’s photos to see themselves celebrated in a positive way as well as introducing them to a larger less familiar population.

Beyond the Box captures transgressive visionaries who blur the boundaries of what we are told is possible, as their lives remake our reality.

city Gallery


FLAGRANT FOWL: Audubon’s Bad Birds
7/13 – 12/31/2017

John James Audubon’s Ornithological Biography, published in 1831-39 to compliment the engravings in The Birds of America folio, became a record not just of scientific data but a chronicle of stories with his subjects as dramatic characters.  Using Audubon’s text, this exhibit features some of the birds he saw as the most brazen and shamefaced in the avian world.

New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks! has dedicated the City Gallery to showcasing works from the collection of the New Bedford Free Public Library. In partnership with the Library, the Museum offers two exhibits a year drawing from the collection and curated by the Library Art Curator Janice Hodson.

Check out the New Bedford Free Public Library’s collection located across the street (613 Pleasant Street).

Art Room Hours
Mon: 12 pm – pm
Tue: 9 am – 5 pm
Wed:  9 am – 5 pm
Thurs:  12 pm – 9 pm




New Bedford Art Museum/Artworks! has two satellite exhibition spaces located in the museum lobby and the 2nd floor of city hall.

nbam/aw! at city hall

New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks! is now curating exhibitions at City Hall that highlight local artists and NBAM/AW! artist members. 

Donald Beal

3/17/2017 – 3/17/2018
2nd Floor at New Bedford City Hall

When curating for the City Hall exhibits it is important to me not only to show-off local talents but to also bring in works that showcase the vibrancy of the South Coast region. City Hall staff members are also on my mind when I am thinking about which artworks to install. Donald Beal‘s work celebrates our region and gives a unique insight into the lives of individuals who live here. The hope is that  Beal‘s sensitive and elegant paintings become a fixture in the lives of City employees and City Hall visitors, adding to the visual narrative of New Bedford.

New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks! reaches out to the following communities and beyond to engage a diverse audience, offer exemplary educational programming and provide a vibrant center for the arts: New Bedford, Marion, Mattapoisett, Dartmouth, Westport, Rochester, Wareham, Acushnet, Freetown, Berkley, Swansea, Fall River, Middleborough, Bristol, Newport and Providence.