"John Howard Benson: Drawing Newport" explores the city's architectural landscape through the drawings of John Howard Benson, a lifetime resident of Aquidneck Island. Working with pen and ink, Benson meticulously rendered a selection of 30 historic homes and prominent buildings from all areas of Newport. Through his eyes, we are provided a view of Newport that differs from today - some of the buildings are no longer standing, while others belong to neighborhoods that have undergone a remarkable change.
This exhibition was organized to support student research in cultural and historic preservation. Jeroen van den Hurk's course on historic building documentation is currently exploring the history of 16 buildings. Students are learning about the architectural history of Newport and methods of interpretation and description, and are researching the people who lived in these buildings and the roles they played in Newport's community.
Due to the pandemic, gallery exhibits are open exclusively to the Salve Regina community on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.