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"Shoo Fly" Wins 3rd Place at the Lyme Art Association

Oct 12, 2020

So proud my piece "Shoo Fly" has won 3rd place at the Lyme Art Association's members exhibition "Land and Sea." Thank you juror Robert Pillsbury, former President of the Salmagundi Club, for selecting my bronze.

Be sure to see all of the great work from October 9th through November 19th.

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» Land and Sea Exhibition

See "Shoo Fly" in the following Galleries:
» Animals
» Metals

"Padawan" Wins Mary Fitch Memorial Award

Aug 27, 2020

Just learned that my piece "Padawan" won the Mary Fitch Memorial Award at the Summer Members Show of the Salmagundi Club.

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» SCNY Summer Exhibition

See "Padawan" in the following Galleries:
» Animals
» Ceramics

"Leviathan" a Top Award-Winner in Allied Artists of America Exhibition

July 1, 2020

Wonderful surprise today. My piece "Leviathan" was one of the top award-winning sculptures in the 107th Annual Associate Artist exhibition of the Allied Artists of America Exhibition. This is my second big win and now I have achieved the status of "Elected Artist".

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See "Leviathan" in the following Galleries:
» Animals
» Alternate Materials
» All Sculptures

"Head Over Heels" Accepted to 2020 Annual Members Exhibition

June 11, 2020

So happy that my piece "Head Over Heels" has been accepted into the 2020 Annual Members Exhibit of the American Artists' Professional League.

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See "Head Over Heels" in the following Galleries:
» Ceramics
» Animals
» All Sculptures

"Precipice" Wins Phillip Isenburg Memorial Award

May 5, 2020

"Precipice" has won the Phillip Isenburg Memorial Award for Sculpture in the Annual Salmagundi Club's Members Exhibition.

See "Precipice" in the following Galleries:
» Metals
» Portraits
» All Sculptures

The Heart of an Artist

April 16, 2020

Serena Bates was featured in the April 16, 2020 news from Art Scope Magazine. In this write up, Serena discusses the pandemic which has hit the area and how the isolation serves as "an extension of the solitary way of an artist."

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"Miss Independence" Wins Margery Soroka Memorial Award

February 10, 2020

"Miss Independence" is on a roll. She has won the Margery Soroka Memorial Award for Sculpture in the Salmagundi Club's Annual Black and White Exhibition.

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

Mystic Museum of Art, Elected Artist Show

January 30, 2020

In a nice surprise, the piece Upward Dog won honorable mention in the 2020 Mystic Museum of Art Elected Artist Show.

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» View Animal Gallery for Upward Dog images

Boston 2020: Artistic Identities

January 28, 2020

This two-volume book is the synthesis of summerlong explorations by Acadia Mezzofanti, a contemporary photographic artist. In Volume 1, through her lens she examines contemporary artistic identity. In the companion Volume 2, the focus becomes expanding boundaries for the underrepresented, including women, in arts and culture today.

The content for Serena Bates starts on page 53 of the book and runs through page 64.

» View this digital book at issuu

Marine Artists 18th National Exhibition

Work from Serena Bates has been selected by the Fellows for the prestigious 18th National Exhibition of the American Society of Marine Artists.

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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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» View Animal Gallery for "My Precious" images

"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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» Learn more about the American Society of Marine Artists

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.

Learn more by visiting clwac.org.

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.

» View Flyer

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

» Visit Sculpture River Market's Website
» Visit Sculpture River Market on Facebook

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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» For further details, visit www.clwac.org

"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.

Links:
» 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.

Links:
» 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

Friends,
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.

BECOME A SPONSOR!!
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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» 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".

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» Visit the Copley Society of Art of Facebook

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 Cooperative Gallery of Westerly, Westerly, RI
Artists for Conservation, Signature Member
Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, NY, NY
Charles Fine Arts, Gloucester,MA
Connecticut Academy of Fine Artists, CT
Copley Society of Art, Boston, MA
Finer Line Gallery, Mystic CT
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
Mystic Museum of Art, 9 Water St., Mystic, CT
National Sculpture Society, NY, NY
Salmagundi Club, NY, NY
Society of Connecticut Sculptors, CT
South County Art Association, North Kingstown, RI
Vermont Carving Studio, East Rutland, VT

Collections

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

Education

LYME ACADEMY COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS
OLD LYME, CT 1985 - 1995
CONCENTRATION IN FIGURE DRAWING, PAINTING, ANATOMY AND SCULPTURE

RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN
PROVIDENCE, RI 1990 FRAMING

SMOOTH ON INDUSTRIES
EASTON, PA FEB 2002
MOLD MAKING AND RESIN CASTING

KANE SCULPTURE STUDIO & FOUNDRY
PAWTUCKET RI 2005 - 2008
INTERNSHIP FOCUSING ON MOLD MAKING, WAX WORK FOR LOST WAX CASTING AND PATINATION

SOUTH COUNTY ART ASSOCIATION
N. KINGSTOWN RI 2015 - 2017
CONCENTRATION IN CERAMIC SCULPTURE AND ALTERNATIVE FIRING METHODS

Awards

2020 Annual Members Exhibition
Apr 27 - May 21, 2020
Salmagundi Club
New York, NY (Virtual Show)
Award: Phillip Isenburg Memorial Award "Precipice"

Black & White Show
Feb 3 - Feb 21, 2020
Salmagundi Club
New York, NY
Award: Margery Sorokava Award "Renee"

Mystic Museum of Art Members Exhibition
Jan 30 - Feb 29, 2020
Mystic Museum of Art
Mystic CT
Award: Award of Merit "Up Dog"


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Exhibitions

"Point of View" Elected Artist Exhibition
August 21 - October 1, 2020
Lyme Art Association
Old Lyme, CT

"Salmagundi Summer Show"
August 10 - August 28, 2020
Salmagundi Club
New York, NY

2020 Annual Members Exhibition
Apr 27 - May 21, 2020
Salmagundi Club
New York, NY (Virtual Show)


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Teaching

MY STUDIO
GROUP AND PRIVATE LESSONS IN OIL, PASTEL, DRAWING, SCULPTURE AND MOLDMAKING

MYSTIC MARINELIFE AQUARIUM
MYSTIC, CT

MYSTIC MUSEUM OF ART
MYSTIC, CT

HOPE VALLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
HOPE VALLEY, RI