"Puttin On The Ritz" wins Philip Isenberg Memorial Award

At the 110th Annual Thumbox Exhibition, "Puttin On The Ritz" won the Philip Isenberg Memorial Award in a showing from Dec 3, 2018 - Jan 1, 2019 at the Salmagundi Club, 47 5th Ave, New York, NY.

See "Puttin On The Ritz" in the following Galleries:
» Animals
» Ceramics
» All Sculptures

Deck the Walls

"Deck the Walls" Exhibit

The "Deck the Walls" exhibit will be held at the Lyme Art Association in Old Lyme, CT, from November 16th, 2018 through January 4th, 2019. The Juror will be Nancy Gladwell, Professor, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts.

Precipice Wins Marilyn Newmark Memorial Award

"Precipice" Wins Marilyn Newmark Memorial Award

"Precipice" has been awarded the Marilyn Newmark Memorial Award at the American Artist's Professional League's 90th Annual Grand National Exhibition! I am honored to be in the show with such talented artists. The closing awards reception will take place Sunday, November 18th, 1 to 4 at the Salmagundi Club, 47 5th Avenue, New York, NY.

See Precipice in the following Galleries:
» Metals: Bronze & Aluminum
» Portraits & Figures
» All Sculptures

Ocean House Artisan in Residence: Hand Sculpture Workshop

Stories define her work, drive her vision, and inspire her hands and life. The Ocean House in Watch Hill, RI, is proud to have Sculptor Serena Bates as the Artisan in Residence from October 5 - 7. Hear how she creates her many stunning sculptures or learn from the master at one of our workshops.

» View event on Ocean House website
» View event on OceanHouseRI Facebook Page

Serena Attends Tuscan Sculpture Symposium in Florence Italy

What a life changing experience the 2018 Tuscan Sculpture Symposium has been fot me.

I have walked the streets of Michaelangelo and Donatello and spent time with truly talented sculptors. Expect a new direction for my future work. Truly inspired.

» Learn more about the Tuscan Sculpture Symposium

"Sir Wedgewood Blue" Featured in Western Art Collector Magazine

Serena's "Sir Wedgewood Blue", which is a ceramic raku fired piece, will be featured in the Western Art Collection Magazine as part of the Artists for Conservation Show which runs August 22nd through the 25th.

» Visit Artists for Conservation Online
» Western Art Collector Magazine

Serena Joins American Society of Marine Artists!

June 13, 2018

It's official, Serena is now a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists. Please check out her page on their website and read more about this wonderful organization.

» Visit Serena's page on the American Society of Marine Artists website

Allied Artists Of America Showing

May 18, 2018

Thank you Allied Artists Of America for selecting my rose alabaster sculpture "Continuum" as one of the 14 sculptures represented in the special online Associates Exhibition.

Honored to be a part of this show with so many talented artists!

» Allied Artists Of America

Worldwide Artists Forum RAW

June 20, 2018

I have a fantastic opportunity to showcase my work at the worldwide artists forum RAW in Providence on June 20 at the Strand Ballroom. This extravaganza encompasses art, fashion, theater, film, makeup, and photography and is a once in a life time experience. I can't make it happen without your help. I need to sell an certain number of tickets to the event before May 15th to secure my spot. I am hoping my friends and patrons will help me with this endeavor. Please check out the attached invitation and visit the website to order just one ticket at $22. The experiential show will entice the senses and uplift the soul. Please check it out and get your ticket today. Time is running out!

» Buy Tickets

Thank you for your support!

Introducing Padawan

March 28, 2018

Check out Serena's newest work "Padawan". Padawan is a very inquisitive sphynx cat who seems to be channelling the wisdom of Yoda himself. Padawan means learner in Sanskrit. Created in ceramic clay, he was Raku fired to get the crackle smoke effects on the surface of the clay.

See Padawan in the following Galleries:
» Ceramics
» All Sculptures

Artists for Conservation

March 16, 2018

Serena Bates is proud to report that she has been accepted as a Signature member of the International conservation group Artists for Conservation. Please be sure to support the efforts of this wonderful organization. A portion of every sale is donated to wildlife conservation and preservation.

» Learn more about Artists for Conservation

Serena Bates to exhibit at Lyme Art Association Exhibition, Old Lyme, CT

Lyme Art Association Exhibition, Old Lyme, CT

March 13, 2018

Serena Bates is thrilled to have four sculptures accepted into the Lyme Art Association exhibition "A Show in Four Acts". Opening reception is Sunday, March 18th from 2-4 at the Lyme Art Association, 90 Lyme Street Old Lyme Connecticut.

Serena Bates to Join the Gallery at Somes Sound, ME

February 23, 2018

Excited to announce that I have been invited to join the Gallery at Somes Sound in Mount Desert, Maine. My work will be featured July 1 - 13, 2018 and in theme shows throughout the year.

I am looking forward to this exciting collaboration!

» Visit the Gallery at Somes Sound on Facebook

Marquee Gallery to Represent Serena's Work

February 16, 2018

Serena's work will now be represented by the Marquee Gallery right in New London, CT.
Be sure to stop in and see all the fine treasures!

» Visit Marquee Gallery on Facebook

Survivor Wins Second Place

February 5, 2018

"Survivor" has won second place at the South Shore's most prestigious juried art show. The opening reception is February 3rd 6:30-8:30pm and the show runs from February 4th through April 22nd, 2018.

Duxbury Art Association, Winter Juried Show

Duxbury Art Association, Winter Juried Show

February 3, 2018

The Duxbury Art Association is pleased to announce the Opening Reception of the South Shore’s most prestigious juried art show, the 45th annual Winter Juried Show, February 3rd 6:30-8:30pm. This year we received submissions from artists across the nation. Their exceptional works were juried into an impressive selection, and they will share the show with a special Exhibit of DAA Founding Members' Art, including John Singer Sargent and Charles Bittenger. We hope you will be able to join us for this unique gathering of artists and art patrons. Awards will be announced. Cash bar and Hors d'oeuvres will be served. Music by Anthony Geraci. Art may be purchased on site. The show runs from February 4th through April 22nd, 2018.

We are still actively seeking several underwriters to help make this show a true success. Sponsors are vital to the strength of the show. To learn more about sponsorship levels, visit our website or contact event coordinator Destinie Ryan at

74th Annual Connecticut Artists Juried Exhibition

74th Annual Connecticut Artists Juried Exhibition

January 28, 2018

Serena's piece "Maternal Instinct" was selected for this years 74th Annual CT Artists Juried Exhibition at the Slater Memorial Museum, Norwich, CT. On view January 28 - March 16, 2018, it features paintings, drawings, mixed media, sculpture, graphics and photography by resident CT artists. The juror was Michelle Hargrave, Deputy Director at the New Britain Museum of American Art.

AMUN RA wins at National Arts Club, NY, NY

AMUN RA wins at National Arts Club, NY, NY

January 26, 2018

Ceramic sculpture AMUN RA has been awarded an award from the Council of American Artist Societies Inc. for Traditional Sculpture. The award is given as a part of the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club's Annual Open Juried show and will be presented on January 26th at the closing reception for the exhibition at National Arts Club, NY, NY. Award selection jurors were Gwen Pier, Director, National Sculpture Society and Elizabeth Allison, Technical Instructor, Art Students League, NYC.

Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club

Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club

January 9 - 26, 2018

Serena Bates will be participating in the 121st Annual Open Juried Exhibition at the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club.

» View presenters
» Visit the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club website

Copley Society of Art

Copley Society of Art

January 12, 2018

Serena Bates participated in the Copley Society of Art for "New Members Show 2018" and "Journeys".

» View post on Facebook
» Visit the Copley Society of Art of Facebook


Acclaimed local artists to exhibit works at National Arts Club in New York

Originally published in The Westerly Sun, December 17, 2017

For two local artists, the year is ending in fine fashion, and the next will begin full of promise.

Sculptor Serena Bates of Westerly and painter Diane Brown of Stonington, two well-established and well-known area artists, have had a year filled with accomplishments and awards. Next month, both of them will head to New York together to display their work at the show opening at Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, the oldest women’s art club in the country.

Their work will be on display at the 121st Annual Juried Exhibition at the National Arts Club in Gramercy Park from Jan. 9 through Jan. 26.

» Read entire article on The Westerly Sun website
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Serena Bates Receives Award in National Fine Art Exhibition

NEW YORK, November 11, 2017
The American Artists Professional League (AAPL) has announced Serena Bates of Bradford, Rhode Island as the 2017 recipient of the "Helen G. Oehler Memorial Award" at the AAPL 89th Grand National Online Exhibition. The award was presented by AAPL President Peter Rossi on Saturday, November 11, 2017 during the AAPL annual meeting and awards reception in New York City.

Ms. Bates received the award for her ceramic sculpture entitled "Survivor" which was chosen from 34 works in the Sculpture category.

"The AAPL is dedicated to encouraging and promoting traditional, realistic art, and we are extremely proud to recognize some of America's finest artists today," said Peter Rossi. "Our award winners' work epitomizes the quality of art that our organization strives to support."

The non-profit AAPL has been devoted to the cause of fine arts in America since 1928. Each year, the organization hosts its Grand National Exhibition, a show that highlights major and emerging professional artists in oil, watercolor, pastel, sculpture, graphics and mixed media. Entries are received from all 50 states as well as internationally and judged by a selection committee consisting of professional artists. This year, the American Artists Professional League's 89th Grand National Exhibition highlights the achievements of 292 artists. The AAPL is headquartered at the Salmagundi Club Galleries, 47 Fifth Avenue, New York New York 10003. To view AAPL 89th Grand National Exhibition online through December 29, 2017, please visit the AAPL online.

Serena Bates Accepted To Copley Society of Art

Serena Joining Board of Lyme Art Association

Serena has been asked to join the Board of Directors for the Lyme Art Association in Old Lyme, Connecticut. Lyme Art Association was established in 1914, with roots going back to 1902. The organization maintains a historic art gallery located at 90 Lyme Street in Old Lyme, Connecticut, located in the Old Lyme Historic District.

Serena Bates Accepted To Copley Society of Art

Copley Society of Art Acceptance

November 15, 2017
BOSTON MA: Serena is honored to have been accepted into the Copley Society of Art in Boston. Her work is in the holiday Small Works show at the Society from November 9th through December 24th, 2017. So, if you're looking for a great gift and happen to be in Boston, stop by 158 Newbury Street and do some holiday shopping.

Memberships & Affiliations

Academic Artists Association, Springfield, MA
Alexy Von Schlippee Gallery, UCONN, Avery Pt. CT
Allied Artists of America, NY, NY
American Artists Professional League, NY, NY
American Society of Marine Artists, St Louis, MO
Artists Cooperative Gallery of Westerly, Westerly, RI
Artists for Conservation, Signature Member
Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, NY, NY
Connecticut Academy of Fine Artists, CT
Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme, CT
Copley Society of Art, Boston, MA
Finer Line Gallery, Mystic CT
Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, CT
Gallery at Somes Sound, Mount Desert, ME
Hygienic Art Gallery, New London, CT
Lemon Tree Gallery & Studio, Cape Ann, VA
Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, Old Lyme, CT
Lyme Art Association, 90 Lyme St., Old Lyme, CT
Marquee Gallery, New London, CT
MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA
Mystic Museum of Art, 9 Water St., Mystic, CT
National Sculpture Society, NY, NY
New Britain Museum of Modern Art, New Britain, CT
Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI
Salmagundi Club, NY, NY
Society of Connecticut Sculptors, CT
South County Art Association, North Kingstown, RI
Vermont Carving Studio, East Rutland, VT


Andrea Restaurant, Misquamicut, RI
Children's Museum of Southeastern CT
Don Mann, SEAL Team SIX Commando & NY Times Best Selling Author
Great Lodge at Arctic Watch, Somerset Island, Nunavut
Ledyard Police Department, Ledyard, CT
Mystic Marriott, Groton, CT
Pequotsepos Nature Center, Mystic, CT
Pfizer Chemical, Groton, CT
Pleasant View Restaurant, Misquamicut, RI
Private Collections throughout the Northeast, England and Ireland
Raiche Realty, Westerly, RI
Renovations to Rentals, Westerly, RI
Salmagundi Club
Westerly Animal Hospital, Westerly, RI
Westerly Animal Shelter, Westerly, RI
Westerly Public Library, Westerly, RI
Zoe & Co. Lingerie, Westerly, RI


OLD LYME, CT 1985 - 1995



PAWTUCKET RI 2005 - 2008

N. KINGSTOWN RI 2015 - 2017


90th Annual Grand National Exhibition
American Artist's Professional League's 90th Annual Grand National Exhibition
Nov 11 - Nov 19, 2018
Salmagundi Club, 47 5th Avenue, New York, NY
“Precipice” Marilyn Newmark Memorial Award

Artists Cooperative Gallery of Westerly, Westerly, RI
May 4 - May 27, 2018
Jurors: Michael Peery, Rhode Island School of Design Professor
“Leviathan” Katherine Forest Foundation Award

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110th Annual Thumbox Exhibition
Dec 3, 2018 - Jan 1, 2019
Salmagundi Club, 47 5th Ave, New York, NY 10003

Maritime Miniatures by Marine Masters
Nov 17, 2018 - Jan 21, 2019
Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT 06355

"Deck the Walls"
Nov 16, 2018 - Jan 4, 2019
Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme, CT
Juror: Nancy Gladwell, Professor, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts

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