Upcoming Exhibitions

New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks! offers a variety of exciting exhibitions that highlight regional artists, contemporary artworks and historical exhibits. Check out our upcoming exhibitions.


PLUNGE: Explorations From Above & Below

Presented with browngrotta arts
5/26/2017 – 10/8/2017
Opening Reception: 6/2/2017, 6-8PM

New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks! has teamed up with world-renowned gallery browngratta arts for a summer exhibition titled PLUNGE: Explorations From Above & Below.

This multifaceted exhibit combines sculptural works with paintings and photography, tracking each artist’s exploration of water. Each work resides at the intersection of the maker’s fascination with a variety of nautical themes and the artmaking process.  The works in this exhibit highlight each artist’s dedication to their craft. Meticulous sculpture and drawings, massive paintings, and fastidious photography draw us in; an invitation to participate in the sort of thoughtful looking that takes you deeper into the everyday offerings of coastal living.

Artists: Dona Anderson, Jane Balsgaard, Marian Bijlenga, Birgit Birkjaaer, Annette Bellamy, Chris Drury, Helena Hernmarck, Heather Hobler, Lawrence LaBianca, Sue Lawty, Anne Leone, Judy Mulford, Karyl Sisson, Ulla-Maija Vikman, Christopher Volpe and Grethe Wittrock

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ECSTASY, from the series The Passions
Photography by Judith Thorpe
6/2/2017 – 8/20/2017
Opening Reception: 6/2/2017, 6-8PM

Connecticut-based photographer, Judith Thorpe brings her work Ecstasy: From the Series, The Passions to New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks!’s Heritage Gallery.

The Passions of which Ecstasy is a part considers the representation of the female body, exploring the tension between idealized and real. The work considers historical representations of the female body in precedents such as Greek and Roman statuary and religious icons. It is an exploration of the female body as it ages, questioning concepts of beauty. The body is shrouded or obscured, reflecting upon the inner self. Draped and wrapped in white cloth, the female figure is ritualized.

Through her massive photographs, Thorpe offers essential explorations of the female form from a feminist point of view. Inverting the historical male gaze and transforming it to an inward examination of the female figure as it changes over time, Thorpe beckons an examination of the contemporary representation of aging female bodies.

6/20/2017 – 11/19/2017

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.

9/1/2017 – 11/12/2017

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 pregnant with possibilities.

BECOMING A DAD is a massive solo exhibition in New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks!’s Heritage Gallery featuring ten large-scale paintings that decode Petro’s daily interactions with his wife and sons through color, shape, and form.

Presented by NBFPL and NBAM/AW!
10/27/2017 – 3/11/2018

New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks! has teamed up with the New Bedford Free Public Library for INVITING RESPONSE, an exciting exhibition that unites local contemporary artists with the New Bedford Free Public Library’s renowned collection.  Artists select a piece from the Library’s collection and create a new work inspired by their selection. INVITING RESPONSE is the culminating exhibit of this exchange between historic and contemporary artworks, merging New Bedford’s rich, artistic traditions with present-day innovations.

12/2017 – 3/2018

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

FLAGRANT FOWL John James Audubon on Birds

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.