“From the West Coast to the East, from Latin America to Prudence Island, artist Allison Newsome has consistently worked through her theme of ''the wilderness and the garden as a state of mind," bringing new meaning to earthworks. I first encountered her art in the Newport Art Museum's Annual Members' Juried Exhibitions, and was intrigued with her distinctive and intricate ceramic sculptures that address issues of the environment and human interaction. Originally inspired by the redwood forests in her native Northern California, Newsome has since created sculpture in response to her extended time in Mexico as well as to the landscape of her adopted state of Rhode Island…”

“…The Newport Art Museum is pleased to host this exhibition of exciting and thought-provoking work by Allison Newsome. As the sculptor bends agilely over her bronze Factory Garden Folly or deftly lifts and places one of the ceramic pieces of the torso to Sunflower Mud Skirt, she brings to my mind the independent, free-spirited American women sculptors of the nineteenth century who established their reputations in Rome. Newsome's personal vision, masterful techniques and beautiful use of earthtoned glazes afford her a unique part of this heritage.”

Nancy Whipple Grinnell, Curator,

Newport Art Museum