On View

Check out what exhibitions we are featuring online and in-person. Explore our online shows or click here to book your next visit. Museum hours are Thursday – Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm.


In the Galleries

Fluid States: New England Wax/New England Waters
On View at NBAM 1/ 21 – 3/14/2021

Timed-Ticket Reception: 3/13/2021, 12 – 2 PM

Featuring: Willa Vennema, Stephanie Roberts-Camello, Pamela Dorris DeJong, Lola Baltzell, Nancy Whitcomb, Lia Rothstein, Deborah Peeples, Kay Hartung, Marina Thompson, Angel Dean, Lelia Stokes Weinstein, Ruth Sack, Sarah Springer, Charyl Weissbach and Camille Davidson

Fluid States: New England Wax/New England Waters highlights encaustic artworks inspired by New England’s historic and awe-inspiring coasts. Themed around the fluidity seen in both wax and water, Fluid States explores New England’s ecological richness and fragility. Protecting our water and the life that depends on it is an urgent necessity. In this exhibition, the artists address this urgency as they work to express water’s sheer beauty through innovative approaches to an ancient medium.

New England Wax (N.E.W.), founded in 2006 by Kim Bernard, is a professional organization of artists living and working in the six New England states. Since its inception, N.E.W. has sought to provide opportunities to exhibit, share technical information and aesthetic ideas, and build a network of like-minded artists working in the ancient medium of encaustic. The mission of N.E.W. is to promote excellence in fine art made with encaustic, educate the general public and collectors, raise awareness of the medium, and challenge its members to grow as artists.

Immersion & Interaction: Witnessing the Everyday
Pat Coomey Thornton
11/12/20 – 3/7/21

This modest retrospective features a selection of paintings, drawings, and sculptures culled from over thirty-years of Coomey Thornton’s prolific career. Pat Coomey Thornton’s ability to translate her everyday experiences as an artist, a daughter, and a mother onto an abstract picture plane is matched only by the intensity she brings to each artwork. The works in Immersion & Interaction: Witnessing the Everyday do not blatantly illustrate the artist’s life but rather reflect the relentless activity, intentionality, and colorful energy Pat Coomey Thornton offers the world. This exhibition is a celebration of her works and a testament to the talent that continues to come out of the SouthCoast.

Community Artist In Residence (CAIR)
Dawn Spears
12/4/2020 – 2/14/2021

NBAM’s CAIR Program creates an access point for community members to engage more deeply with the Museum by offering local artists space, time, and resources to develop their work. The Tomaquag Museum nominated artist, educator, and activist Dawn Spears. New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park sponsors Dawn’s residency.

Dawn Spears (Narragansett/Choctaw) is a doll maker, photographer, multimedia artist who uses cultural symbolism and the vibrant colors of our natural world as inspiration for her work.

 Click here to learn more about CAIR. 

Jeff St. Pierre’s Community Graffiti Wall
Jeff St. Pierre brightened up our Skylight Gallery with a massive wall piece that celebrates the legacy of graffiti artists working in New Bedford. 

Click here to learn more about Jeff and our other Fiber Optic Friday artists.


Online Exhibitions

Faces Behind Atrocity
Matilde Simas
11/1/20 – 3/28/21

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The portraits and collected testimonies are part of ongoing work to tell the survivors’ stories. The Faces Behind Atrocity series involved seven girls of four different nationalities, ranging in age from 13 to 16. The girls were victims of forced labor, forced marriage, and sex trafficking. They were lured by promises of education, sold outright by family members and forced into domestic servitude or prostitution, or sent away by family to marry a stranger. Some girls were exploited by someone they already knew, such as a relative, a neighbor, or a friend. They were rescued from the horrors of the trafficking world and are in various healing processes. In addition to providing a visual representation of their resilience, beauty, and strength, each survivor recorded a written testimony of how they were led into trafficking and the atrocities they faced.

Faces Behind Atrocity aims to be a tool for advocacy and learning. The series seeks to engage with an audience to challenge common myths about human trafficking and foster a dialogue about the root causes.

Excellence In Fibers VI
12/1/20 – 3/28/21
Sponsored by Fiber Optic Center

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Fiber Art Network/Fiber Art Now and New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks! (NBAM) present Excellence in Fibers VI, an online exhibition sponsored by Fiber Optic Center. Exhibition jurors, Caroline Kipp, Curator of Contemporary Art, The Textile Museum, George Washington University, and Lisa L. Kriner, President of the Textile Society of America and Professor of Art at Berea College, have selected 52 outstanding works of art from over 1100 entries.