Current Exhibitions

NBAM, New Bedford Art Museum, Fiber Art Now

Fiber Art Now and New Bedford Art Museum/Artworks! Present
1/25/2017 – 3/19/2017
Reception: 1/29/2017, 2 – 5PM

Fiber Art Now is a quarterly print and digital magazine that connects and inspires the contemporary fiber arts and textiles community. For the last two years, the magazine has produced an exhibition in print of fiber works from around the world.

New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks! is proud to bring a selection of these works to the South Coast. Excellence in Fibers offers a wide breadth of contemporary quilts, tapestries, weavings, carpets, vessel forms, basketry, sculpture, installation and wearable fiber artworks to the Museum. Fiber Art Now and New Bedford Art Museum/Artworks! are proud to present Excellence In Fibers as a celebratory exhibition showcasing the global fiber and textiles communities.

The entirety of the Excellence In Fibers print exhibition can be found in the latest Fiber Art Now magazine for sale in the Museum store.

Workshops and Events

Fiber Art Now Meet-Up Weekend on the South Coast of Massachusetts!
Click here for more information.

Saturday, January 28 Attend “Hexagon 3D Weaving with Paper” or “True Blue Indigo Dyeing” workshop, 9:00-4:00

Sunday, January 29 Spend the morning enjoying the local New Bedford sites or visiting the nearby Fuller Craft Museum. Attend Excellence in Fibers opening reception at New Bedford Art Museum, 2:00-5:00 PM

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New Bedford art Museum, Judith James

IN TOUCH: The Expressive Magic of Judith James
1/6/2017 – 3/19/2017
Reception: 3/4/2017, 2 – 4PM

Born in Fall River, MA Judith James created works that explored the topographies of the American heartland and improvised on the patternings that human industry plowed into the earth’s surface.  “I am interested in notions of place and how human beings become intimate with the places they occupy,” she wrote.

After receiving her master’s degree in 2000 she maintained a studio in Lincoln and over the next seven years created a distinctive body of work that explored a range of textile discharge techniques derived from diverse cultural traditions.  A diagnosis of younger onset Alzheimer’s disease halted her studio practice in 2010, and she died in August 2015.

IN TOUCH: The Expressive Magic of Judith James is an exhibition that showcases James’ prolific years leading up to her death. The exhibit not only houses seventeen of James’ masterful fiber works but also objects, materials and personal collections from Judith James’ studio. IN TOUCH brings the work of the South Coast artist home and offers an intimate look into how well the artist applied her unique sensibility to everything she touched.


Lecture by Quilt Artist Michael James
March 4, 2017 lecture at 1PM at Star Store Campus, CVPA
(715 Purchase St. New Bedford, MA 02740)
Reception : 2– 4PM at New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks!
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$10 – Non-Members
FREE for NBAM Members and UMass Dartmouth folks with ID.

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new bedford art museum, Pat Falco

1/11 – 3/12/2017
Reception: 2/9/2017, 6 – 8PM

Boston-based artist Pat Falco creates text-based works that reside in the intersection of personal and political poignancy and the playful mundanities of everyday life. Falco’s work offers an authentic examination of the human experience through drawings and paintings that are both tender and sardonic, excavating devastating and hilarious truths about the U.S. political climate, historical events, the art world, love and loss.


Spoonful Of Sugar: Navigating Heartbreak With Humor
Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 6:30 PM – 8 PM
Artist panel discussion with Regions’ Gallery Artist Pat Falco and Vault Gallery Artist Brooke Goldstein.
Artist reception following the panel. 6:30 pm, FREE
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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

nbam/aw! at city hall

New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks!

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


August 11, 2016 – March 3, 2017
2nd Floor at New Bedford City Hall
A Thousand Mornings in New Bedford takes it’s tonal cue from Cape Cod poet Mary Oliver’s poem, “I Go Down To The Shore”.
I go down to the shore in the morning
and depending on the hour the waves
are rolling in or moving out,
and I say, oh, I am miserable,
what shall—
what should I do? And the sea says
in its lovely voice:
Excuse me, I have work to do.”
― Mary Oliver, A Thousand Mornings
A Thousand Mornings in New Bedford draws on the humility of nature and the importance of work. These themes, highlighted in Oliver’s poem, are the conceptual thread that binds the works of local artists Marissa Bolton, Jacob Ginga, Gregg Harper, Heather Hobler, Dudley Moor and Ruth Rego. Each artist works with their hands to collage, photograph, paint and sculpt scenes related to the ocean. Like the city of New Bedford, its history and its relationship to the sea, the work on display at City Hall demonstrates that beauty, be it natural or crafted by an artist, is not fixed or tranquil but rather an active and integral part of the human experience.


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.