Newport Art Museum Biennial 2022 Featured Artist Exhibition on view now

In the fall of 2021, 284 artists submitted 850 individual works of art to be reviewed for possible inclusion in The Newport Biennial 2022 Featured Artist Exhibition at the Newport Art Museum. 

The assembled works were reviewed by guest juror Dr. Kimberli Gant, who at that time, was the McKinnon Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art at the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, Virginia. She has since become the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum.

Dr. Gant accepted 69 artists for the show and the resulting exhibition is a dazzling mix of painting, sculpture and a variety of other media that speak to each other, engaged in a conversation of aesthetics and as often as not, sociopolitical concerns.

“Road Crew,” an oil by Mark Fernandez, depicts two men in hard hats and safety yellow garb laboring away in an hole in the road, while another stands guard against traffic. An orange and white cone takes center stage in the foreground. 

It is as about an ordinary scene of drudgery as one might see on any given day, but the composition and scale of the work resonate with a classical renaissance sensibility. In Fernandez’s vision, the workers take on a mythic presence. That trinity of blue collar men come across as larger-than-life heroes of the everyday.

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