Artists Speak series continues October 4 with talk by painter, sculptor, art restorer and inventor Howard Newman

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Howard Newman in his Newport studio


“Farsight,” watercolor, charcoal and graphite, 1990, by Howard Newman

Imago Foundation for the Arts’ new, public speaker series, “Artists Speak” will continue October 4 when Howard Newman, painter, sculptor, art restorer and inventor, tells the story of his work and how his artistic career unfolded, enriching our communities in unexpected ways.


The event will be held at 7 p.m. at IMAGO Gallery, 36 Market Street, Warren, and is free and open to the public. Since Newman wants to use the majority of the time in dialogue, those interested in attending are urged to visit  his website beforehand at: to learn more about his work and career.

The 2018 “Artists Speak” series features four established artists and aims to heighten public understanding of how the arts connect to building community. Other speakers in the series include Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, Mary Healey Jamiel, and Willy Heeks.

Newman received a BA from Miami University of Ohio, where he studied Architecture, Cultural Anthropology, Sociology and Classical Literature. After graduation in 1965, he and his wife, Mary, entered Peace Corps training in a Special Forces training camp in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, then lived and worked in Laredo, Texas as community organizers, and in New York City, where Newman worked as a legal aid for Mobilization For Youth, defending disadvantaged people involved with the city’s welfare board.


Later, Newman attended the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) where he received a BFA in Industrial Design and an MFA in Sculpture with a concentration in Silversmithing under the mentorship of master metalsmith John Prip.Newman was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Italy in 1971, where he began making bronze sculptures. Layer, while living in Bristol, RI, in what is now the Herreshoff Museum, and in Newport, where he and Mary now live, the Newmans, along with the help of many assistants including Michael Mirman, produced seven one-person shows at New York’s Cordier and Ekstrom Gallery. During that period, Newman produced over 250 bronzes, along with paintings and drawings. In 1985, the Newmans, along with their 10- and 11-year-old children, moved to Pietrasanta, Italy where Howard produced a series of bronzes, including two now on the grounds of the Newport Art Museum.


Today, Newman continues to work at his private studio in Newport, where he and his staff restore a wide range of art objects made of silver, gold, bronze, tin, iron, zinc, and, more recently, marble and alabaster.  His company, Newmans Ltd., spent a decade working on projects for the Preservation Society of Newport County. In 2008, Newmans Ltd. undertook the restoration of sculptor Richard Lippold’s “Trinity” in The Church of St. Gregory the Great at Portsmouth Abbey, in Portsmouth, RI.


In 2011, in partnership with Len Katzman of Portsmouth, Newman started Sigma Surfacing LLC, an intellectual properties venture through which he has received a recent patent for a new, highly efficient way of applying solar panels, roofs and clapboards. He also has a patent pending on a new way of finishing metals without removing material.

IFA strongly encourages student artists, emerging and mid-career artists, as well as those interested in the arts to attend “Artists Speak.” A video and monograph featuring all four artists will be created for public enrichment following the lecture series.