Current Exhibitions

Skylight and heritage GALLERies

2017 BFA Senior Exhibition
4/8/2017 – 5/7/2017
Reception: 4/8/2017, 1-3PM
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New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks! is proud to present the culminating exhibit of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) UMass Dartmouth graduating class of 2017. Students from Fine Arts, Artisanry, Art Education and Visual Design team up with Master of Art Education graduates to bring one of the most eclectic and exciting exhibitions of emerging artists and art educators to the South Coast.

Once you hit up the BFA Exhibit at New Bedford Art Museum head over to the 2017 MFA Thesis Exhibition hosted by UMass Dartmouth Galleries

Events: BFA  and MAE Artist Talks April 20 & 27; May 4, 2017, 5 – 8pm


New Visions : New Voices
April 5 – May 28, 2017
Artist Reception: April 13, 2017, 5 – 8 pm

NBAM /ArtWorks! is pleased to celebrate our thirteenth year of the Teen Artist Internship Program. TAIP’s goal is to inspire and educate high school juniors and seniors interested in pursuing a career in the visual arts.

The 2017 Teen Artist Internship Program has paired eight high school art students who plan to pursue the visual arts in higher education with eight local professional artist mentors. Supporting funds from the Massachusetts Cultural Council through the Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Freetown,
New Bedford, Rochester, and Westport Cultural Councils, as well as Bristol County Savings Charitable Foundation Inc., have enabled local students and artists to collaborate in this unique and enriching program.




Behind Open Doors, Brooke Erin Goldstein
2/9/2016 – 6/11/2017
Reception: 2/9/2017, 6 – 8PM

Brooke Goldstein is an artist, curator and stylist living in Providence, RI. Goldstein creates immersive emotional experiences through fiber-based environments. Employing color, texture, repeating pattern and nostalgia, she invites viewers to lose themselves in her immersive installations. This multifaceted artist draws on textile techniques such as quilting, fabric painting, silkscreen and surface design to elicit memories relating to her own childhood, relationships and the concept of “Home”. “My goal as a visual artist is to convey a relatable and emotive involvement with the viewer. This connects us all in the human experience of love, passion and of course pain”.

city Gallery

The Sporting Life: Yachting Prints by Currier & Ives
1/18  –  7/2/2017
Reception: 1/29/2017, 2 – 5PM

This exhibit highlights prints by Currier & Ives based on yachting’s most prestigious prize, the America’s Cup, from the New Bedford Free Public Library’s collection.

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 – 12pm – 9pm
Tue – 9am – 5pm
Wed – 9am – 5pm
Thurs – 12pm – 9pm

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




Once there were mills… an exhibit of artifacts from the Wamsutta Mills. Acorn Management, Fiber Month sponsor,  has preserved a number of artifacts of the textile industry in New Bedford that are on display at New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks! Opens March 1st.

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.