Current Exhibitions

NBAM, Scapes

SCAPES: Placemaking in the 21st Century
10/25/2017 – 3/11/2018
RECEPTION:10/27, 6 – 8PM


SCAPES: Placemaking in the 21st Century brings together fourteen artists using a variety of mediums to investigate the relationship of the places they inhabit, and how those spaces and moments of occupation – some ordinary, others magical – shape their emotional landscapes and reflect how emotions can extend beyond the realm of the internal and alter the physical world.

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heritage GALLERY

12/1/2017 – 3/4/2018
Reception: January 19, 2018, 6 – 8pm

Each year New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks! celebrates their artist members through a juried exhibition.

The juror is Dominic Molon, Curator of Contemporary Art at The RISD Museum.
Dominic selected works from the following NBAM Members to be in the 2017 Exhibition: Pat Coomey Thornton, John Battaini, Claudia Flynn, Dora Atwater Millikin, Nicole Winning, Milton Brightman, Sandra Santos, Scott Currier, William Kendall, Gaby Giblin, John Middleton, Pamela L. Hoss, Andrew Tedesco, Kendra Conn, Troy West, Marita Torbick, Robert Dunn, Temple Fawcett, John Sladewski, and Jay Ryan.

Thank you to all who applied!

Fiber Optics Center New Media Gallery

Fiber Optic Center New Media Gallery presents Nabeela Vega
11/29/2017 – 3/25/2018
Reception: Fri, January 19, 2018, 6 – 8pm
Snow Date: Fri, January 26, 2018

Thahab explores the identity of a Muslim American femme in post 9/11 diaspora. She shrouds, molds, and dissolves into environments using her body, in gold. She inserts herself in spaces not made for her. She considers the contemporary and domestic, affected by notions of power and binaries.

She creates her own space, a new space. She finds value in repetition and banality to drive a point. She uses photography and video, documentation to build conversations around the orientalist lens. For you to consider your gaze as perpetrator or conspirator. Her form functions. Her body gains force in movement. Tensions rise between her and her surroundings, raising the urgent question of what assimilation entails given the current political climate and the rise of Islamophobia in the United States.

Thahab has been utilized live for durational performances at International Festivals in DC, Boston and Chicago. It exists as a photo and video series. Past iterations of “Visiting Thahab” have been performed for Supernova, TEDxSomerville, Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival, Glasgow’s GLITCH International QTPOC Film Festival, Queer, Rage, Magic, Terror and has appeared in The Washington Post, The Aerogram, Art New England and more.

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 at the Library
Mon: 12 pm – pm
Tue: 9 am – 5 pm
Wed:  9 am – 5 pm
Thurs:  12 pm – 9 pm

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, Middleboro, Bristol, Newport and Providence.