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"My Precious" Selected as Finalist in 14th International ARC Salon Book

January 18, 2020

"My Precious" was published as a finalist in Animal Art in the 14th International ARC Salon book of International realism.

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"Miss Independence" Wins Charlotte Dunwiddle Memorial Award

So proud to find out that my piece "Miss Independence" won the Charlotte Dunwiddle Memorial Award for a traditional sculpture in the 123rd Annual Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Open Exhibition.

See "Miss Independence" in the following Galleries:
» Alternate Materials
» Ceramics
» Portraits
» All Sculptures

Serena Bates: Mastering the Art of Storytelling

In art there lies a story with every piece. The story of how the art came to be, its creation by the artist, and the story of what it means to the person who purchases and appreciates the artwork.

» Read this article by GinaKing on the Westerly Life website.

Dreamer Accepted To ASMA 18th National Traveling Exhibition

"Dreamer", Limestone, has been accepted in to the upcoming American Society of Marine Artists, 18th National Traveling Exhibition. This show opens at the 3rd National Marine Art Conference in Jamestown, RI, in March 2020.

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Hoxsie Gallery Presents: All Mixed Up

Four artists and a mix of mediums. Artists include Serena Bates, J. Susan Cole Stone, Tom Martino, and Gary Chesky.

Opening reception will be Wednesday, December 4, 2019 from 5:00 - 8:00 PM.The show continues through December 26th.

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Acadia Mezzofanti Explores Women In Art & Culture

Acadia Mezzofanti is a Boston-area emerging female photographic artist. On an artistic-creative grant from Bowdoin College, Acadia is conducting a summer project as she examines, through her lens, artistic identity, as well as expanding boundaries for the underrepresented, while highlighting, among other groups, women in arts and culture. Influential cultural leaders, patrons of arts and culture, many visual and performing artists, plus leading Boston-area cultural organizations and art institutions share their views and contribute their opinions to the project. As a conclusion, Acadia will publicly release, via Issuu, a two-volume digital book, the synthesis of her summerlong explorations.

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Photo by Acadia Mezzofanti.

Precious Named Finalist in 14th Annual ARC Salon Exhibition

"Precious" Named Finalist in 14th Annual ARC Salon Exhibition

Precious, by Serena Bates, was named a Finalist in the Animal Category of the 2019 Annual Art Renewal Center (ARC) Salon Exhibition.

The ARC Salon Exhibition is the largest and most prestigious competition in the world for realist artists painting, sculpting, and drawing – with eleven categories and thousands of works competing, culminating in a traveling live exhibition of many of the winning works.

For 2019, there were over 4,300 entries submitted from 73 countries. A total of 1,500 finalists were selected.

Learn more by visiting the following links:
Art Renewal Center
2019 Animal Category Winners and Finalists

Survivor Awarded Environmental Statement Award

"Survivor" Wins Environmental Statement Award

Survivor, by Serena Bates, was awarded the Environmental Statement Award in the 2019 Exhibit Award Winners at the Artists for Conservation.

Artists for Conservation (AFC) is a Canadian based international non-profit. AFC represents 500 artists from 30 countries, in the nature/wildlife art genre, who are committed to conservation.

Learn more by visiting Artists for Conservation.

Serena Bates Accepted into the Copley Society

Serena Bates Accepted into the Copley Society

Serena Bates has been accepted into the Copley Society of Art's exclusive Portrait Registry.

The Copley Society of Art maintains a Portrait Registry featuring around 25 distinguished artists with a wealth of experience in portrait painting. The registry contains diversity in style, medium, and price range.

Learn more by visiting Copley Society of Art.

The Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club

Serena Selected As Juror for 62ND Mystic Outdoor Art Festival

Thrilled and honored to be asked to be one of this year's jurors for the 62nd Mystic Outdoor Art Festival.
Mark your calendars for the weeked of August 10th and 11th.

Learn more by visiting This Is Mystic.

The Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club

Avondale Arts "Birds and the Bees" Show

Come visit and view the first show of the season at Avondale Arts, "Birds And The Bees". This show benefits the Westerly Land Trust (@westerlylandtrust) and "Sunlight & Shadow".

Opening reception is June 14th, 5-7pm. The show runs through June 30th.

Learn more by visiting Avondale Arts.

The Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club

The Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club

Serena Bates will be participating in The Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club's Members Online Juried Exhibition through August 31, 2019.

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Chuck Royce installed at the Ocean House in Watch Hill Rhode Island

Chuck Royce Installed at Ocean House

Chuck Royce has been installed at the Ocean House in Watch Hill Rhode Island for a special exhibition.

See Charles M. Royce in the following Galleries:
» Ceramics
» Portraits
» All Sculptures

Making Sculpture, Telling Stories

Making Sculpture, Telling Stories

Serena appeared in the May 2019 issue of Ink Publications. In this article, she discusses how she attempts to tell a story through her work.

» Read this article online

Chuck M. Royce Wins Award of Honor

Chuck M. Royce received the "Award of Honor" at the Salmagundi Club in New York City during the 2019 Annual Member's Exhibition which ran from Apr 28 - May 8.

See Charles M. Royce in the following Galleries:
» Ceramics
» Portraits
» All Sculptures

"Virginia" Appears on Point of View Flyer

The Virginia Of Florence ceramic piece was selected to appear on the flyer for the 98th Annual Elected Artist Show & Sale at the Foster Caddell, Cooper-Ferry, Cole Galleries.

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See Virginia Of Florence in the following Galleries:
» Ceramics
» Portraits
» All Sculptures

"Padawan" to appear in "My Best Friend Forever"

Padawan will be showing in Gloucester, MA, as part of "My Best Friend Forever".
April 7 - May 9, 2019 at the Charles Fine Arts, Gloucester, MA.
Opening Reception April 7, 2019 from 5-7.

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

Sculpture at the River Market (SATRM) Show

Sculpture at the River Market (SATRM) Show

May 3 - 5, 2019
Serena Bates was selected as 1 of 49 artists to participate in the Sculpture at the River Market Show and Sale in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Preview Party, May 3, 2019
Invitation Show & Sale, May 4-5

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Poets Choice, Savoy Bookshop & Cafe

Poets Choice, Savoy Bookshop & Cafe

Mar 14, 2019
Poets Choice will be held at Savoy Bookshop & Cafe and will feature Serena Bates, among others at 6 PM on Thursday, March 14th.

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The Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club

122ND Annual Open Juried Exhibition at The Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club

January 8 - January 25, 2019
Serena Bates will be among the exhibitors at the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club. A benefit reception supporting the Metropolitan Museum of Art will be held Friday, January 18, 2019 from 5:30-8:00 PM. The Awards Dinner will be Friday, January 25, 2019 from 6:00-9:00 PM.

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"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.

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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.

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» 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!

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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!

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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!

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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 [email protected]

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.

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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".

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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
Allied Artists of America, NY, NY
American Artists Professional League, NY, NY
American Society of Marine Artists, St Louis, MO
Artists for Conservation, Signature Member
Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, NY, NY
Connecticut Academy of Fine Artists, CT
Copley Society of Art, Boston, MA
Deerfield Valley Art Association, Northfield, MA
Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, CT
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
National Sculpture Society, NY, NY
Salmagundi Club, NY, NY
Society of Connecticut Sculptors, CT


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
Ocean House Resort, Watch Hill, RI
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


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Society of CT Sculptors
Nov 19 - Jan 2, 2022
Lyme Art Association
Old Lyme, CT
Award: "Gemini", 3rd Place Award

113th Annual Thumbbox Exhibition
Nov 23, 2021 - Jan 1, 2022
Salmagundi Club
New York, NY
Award: "Star Gazer", Alphaeus P. Cole Memorial Award

93rd Annual Grand National Exhibition of the American Artist Professional League
Nov 8 - Nov 19, 2021
Salmagundi Club
New York, NY
Juror: Peter Trippi, editor-in-chief of Fine Art Connoisseur
Award: "Miss Independence", Barbara Newington Award for Traditional Sculpture

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An Exhibition in Four Acts - Black and White
Mar 6 - Apr 7, 2022
Lyme Art Association
Old Lyme, CT

Spring Into Art
Mar 4 - Apr 15, 2022
Susan Powell Gallery
Madison, CT

The Crossings
Mar 4 - Apr 8, 2022
Hygienic Art Gallery
New London, CT

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