NEW BEDFORD – New Bedford Art Museum / Works of Art! (NBAM) will virtually recognize those who truly have an impact on the arts community with the Patrons of the Arts Award on Friday, December 31. In a region so populated by artists and creators, the Art Museum considers it appropriate to recognize the contributions of these patrons. which strongly impacted and elevated the south coast and beyond.
This year, the NBAM has chosen to honor Gayle and Roger Mandle and the New Bedford Historical Society. Both have an exceptional long history of advocating for the visual arts and uplifting voices, creating creative opportunities for communities and cultural organizations through programs, meaningful leadership roles and a passion for education.
Roger Mandle, who died in November 2020, co-founded and served as Chairman of the Board of the Design, Art, Technology Institute of MA (DATMA) with his wife Gayle in 2016. He had over 40 years of construction experience from museums around the world, was an academic leader, art historian and major contributor to the STEM to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) education initiative championed by the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), which he had served as its 15th president.
Gayle Mandle is an accomplished designer and artist, practicing since 1970 and earning an MFA in Painting and Printmaking at RISD in 1997. Over the years, Gayle and Roger Mandle have dedicated their lives to teaching arts, culture and humanities, as well as helped steer the art and design agenda in this country and internationally.
NBAM continues the tradition established many years ago by ArtWorks! to celebrate the individuals and organizations who have made a significant and positive difference in New Bedford and in the community. These patrons are visionaries – they cultivate and encourage artists and organizations serving the arts, which enable the arts to flourish and be shared with the world.
During the December 31 virtual presentation, winners will receive specially hand-commissioned awards from local artist Kim Barry, who is a painter, production potter, art educator and owner of Clay Trout Pottery. Barry has lived on the South Coast for most of his life and owns a studio on Hatch Street in New Bedford.
Members of the New Brunswick Historical Society preserved a multicultural history that was in danger of being lost through neglect and marginalization. Using the tools of historic preservation, public art, and education that complement and expand the city’s historic identity, the Society has created important visualizations of our city’s multicultural history through public art. .
Over the past 10 years, NBAM has worked with the Society on several major exhibitions, including Ruth Carter, Barack Obama, social justice posters, and icons of the civil rights movement, each exploring themes of social justice and broadening perspective. civil rights of our public.
The Society played a catalytic role in highlighting the important history of people of color in New Bedford through public art. They have been responsible for the design, funding and creation of several public art memorials that increase visibility of the role of African Americans and Cape Verdeans in the city’s history.
These memorials include a life-size statue of African-American blacksmith, abolitionist, and inventor Lewis Temple on the lawn of the New Bedford Free Public Library; a mural and memorial park commemorating the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment, the first military unit of black soldiers to be raised in the North during the Civil War; and a basic relief plaque in front of Town Hall recognizing Frederick Douglass’ residence in New Bedford.
This summer, a jazz mural honoring the legacy of our black musicians was added to the City murals. The Society will soon add a new memorial with the development of Abolition Row Park and a statue of Frederick Douglass.
About the Massachusetts Design Art and Technology Institute (DATMA)
The Massachusetts Design Art and Technology Institute (DATMA) was founded to enhance the vibrant cultural and economic life of Southcoast Massachusetts. DATMA is committed to bringing world-class art, design and technology exhibitions, programs and initiatives to visitors and citizens of New Bedford and the region, identified as one of the most creative economies in the world. Commonwealth by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. As a public art exhibitor, DATMA works with the region’s business and education sectors to raise awareness, bringing new cultural assets into the mix. www.DATMA.org
About the New Bedford Historical Society
Founded in 1996, the New Bedford Historical Society is a fully voluntary, nonprofit organization that has been a leading advocate for racial and ethnic inclusion in the historical narrative of the town of New Bedford. The Society preserves the history, historical structures, artefacts and documents related to African-American, Cape Verdean and Native American communities. For 25 years, the organization has developed and presented educational programs that showcase the contributions of these communities in the 18th and 19th centuries to the whaling industry, maritime trades and the Underground Railroad. The Society has created a visual presence of public art throughout the city that speaks to its mission.
About the New Bedford Art Museum / Works of Art!
New Bedford Art Museum / Works of Art! (NBAM) is located in the Seaport Cultural District in historic downtown New Bedford at 608 Pleasant Street. NBAM presents a rotating program of exhibitions, workshops and digital experiences as a local cultural institution and is open Thursday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Advance reservation is preferred, and timed tickets are available via newbedfordart.org/visit or by phone (508) 961-3072. You can connect with NBAM on Facebook and Instagram @nbam_aw.