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Mystic Seaport Posts Artist in Residence Video

Sep 16, 2022

The Mystic Seaport has created an Instagram video post which shows some of the "tricks of the trade" that Serena is using during her "Artist in Residence" stay at the Seaport.

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"Chuck Royce" accepted into 94th Grand National Exhibition

Sep 12, 2022

So proud and honored to find out that my portrait sculpture of our local philanthropist Chuck Royce has been accepted into 94th Grand National Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club of New York from November 7th - November 18th, 2022.

The awards reception will be held on Saturday, November 12th in-person at the Salmagundi Club from 1-3 pm. An online video of the show and awards will be available on their website.

This year’s awards judge is Marilyn Symmes. A longtime museum professional, Marilyn Symmes has worked with prestigious museums such as the Detroit Institute of Arts, Toledo Museum of Art, Cooper-Hewitt/Smithsonian Design Museum, and the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University. With her knowledge of all art media since the Renaissance, she currently works as an independent curator. Recent projects include work for the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation, the Brooklyn Historical Society and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

» View Chuck Royce in the Portraits & Figures Gallery
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One Week Down as Artist in Residence at the Seaport

Sep 11, 2022

Wow one week down at the Mystic Seaport Museum as the Artist in Residence. Met so many wonderful people and made a lot of art!

Two weeks left if you want to come and visit.

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Art It Forward Pancake Benefit Breakfast

Sep 11, 2022

Join us for a pancake breakfast to benefit the Art It Forward program which provides scholarships for Westerly Arts Students.

Where: Franklin Lodge #20, 20 Elm St, Westerly RI
When: Sep 11, 10AM to 12PM
Donation: $10 / person (100% to fund)

For more information you can call Serena at (401) 932-9775 or email her at [email protected].

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Serena selected as Artist-In-Residence by the Mystic Seaport

Jun 30, 2022

The Mystic Seaport has announced that Serena Bates has been selected for their Artist-In-Residence program. This program will have Serena working on the Seaport grounds creating art and interacting with the Seaport visitors to answer questions.

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"Dolly On The Rocks" Wins Joseph Beardsley Sandor Memorial Award

June 2022

The piece "Dolly On The Rocks" has won the Joseph Beardsley Sandor Memorial Award at the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club 125th Anniversary Annual Juried Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club New York, NY.

» View Dolly On The Rocks in the Animals Gallery

First Scholarship Awards for "Art It Forward"

Jun 7, 2022

So happy to report that on June 7th, I presented my first scholarship awards for "Art it Forward" which the Artist Cooperative Gallery of Westerly is hosting. $1000 was given to Justin Chen and $750 was given to Sienna Fusaro. They will be having a small exhibit of their artwork in August at the Coop and we will be selling tickets for a pancake breakfast to take place in September. The local Chapter of the Masons are hosting this event to support the scholarship endeavor for 2023. I hope you will support us in this venture or consider making a direct contribution to the fund.

» Contact me for questions regarding "Art It Forward"
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"Upward Dog" Wins Award Of Merit

May 2022

The piece "Upward Dog" has won the Award of Merit from the Academic Artists Association 72nd Annual Exhibition of Traditional Realism at the Arts Center East in Vernon, CT.

» View Upward Dog in the Animals Gallery

"Love Story, Sirena and Octavious" Wins a Top Prize

May 7, 2022

Serena's latest piece, "Love Story, Sirena and Octavious," has won a major top prize in the 30 Year Anniversary Regional Exhibition of the Artists Cooperative Gallery in Westerly, RI.

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» View Love Story in the Alternative Material Gallery

Serena Bates Showing in Norwich Arts Center

Feb 10, 2022

Serena Bates will have two pieces, including My Precious, showing in the "Love, Red, Hearts" exhibition at the Norwich Arts Center. The exhibition opens on February 10th.

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» View My Precious in the Animals Gallery

"Gemini" Wins 3rd place at the Connecticut Sculptor's Annual Exhibition

Nov 29, 2021

Nice surprise 3rd place at the Connecticut sculptor's annual exhibition now on display at the Lyme Art Association through December.

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» View Gemini in the Animals Gallery

"Star Gazer" Wins Alphaeus P. Cole Memorial Award

Nov 24, 2021

Just got word my little penguin "Star Gazer" has won the Alphaeus P. Cole Memorial Award in the Annual Thumb-Box Exhibition for sculpture.

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» View Star Gazer in the Animals Gallery

"Miss Independence" Wins Barbara Newington Award for Traditional Sculpture

Nov 10, 2021

So proud and honored to learn I have been awarded Barbara Newington Award for Traditional Sculpture in the 93rd Annual Grand National Exhibition of the American Artists Professional League, NY, for my sculpture "Miss Independence". Awards were selected by Peter Trippi, Editor-in-chief of Connoisseur magazine.

The exhibition will be on display November 8 thru 19th at the Salmagundi Club, 5th Avenue, New York, New York.

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» View Miss Independence in the Portraits Gallery

"Upward Dog" Wins at 79th Annual Audubon Show!

Oct 30, 2021

The piece "Upward Dog" has won the Marion & Gill Roller Memorial Award in the 79th Annual Audubon Show.

The exhibition will be on display October 25 through November 5 at the Salmagundi Club, 47 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY.

» Visit the Audubon Artists 79th Annual Exhibition Online
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» View Upward Dog in the Animals Gallery

"Miss Independence" Accepted into the 93rd Annual Grand National Exhibition of the American Artist Professional League

Oct 13, 2021

I'm thrilled to announce that my piece "Miss Independence" has been accepted into the 93rd annual Grand National exhibition of the American Artist Professional League in New York City.

The exhibition will be on display November 8 thru 19th at the Salmagundi Club, 5th Avenue, New York, New York.

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» View Miss Independence in the Portraits Gallery

Star Gazer Appearing in Small Works: Seaport Exhibit

July 7, 2021

If you've stopped by the gallery since the Small Works: SeaPort exhibit was put up, you may have already crossed paths with this little guy! If you haven't had the chance, or miss him already, make sure you drop by and say hello!

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» View Star Gazer in the Animals Gallery

"Leviathan" Awarded Second Prize

June 17, 2021

Leviathan has been awarded second prize in the Connected Land & Sea exhibit at the Copley Society of Art in Boston, MA.

Comments from the Juror, Donal Demers, included the following:

"This portrayal of an octopus, with its visual beauty, is so exceptional. With no beginning or end to this sculpture, the work offers itself to the viewer, organically flowing from its positive spaces to the negative spaces it occupies.

It's particularly enchanting and enhanced by the exceptional finish, the patina in its glaze, and the complexities of the finish. These elements are dedicated to the subject itself, but are also metaphoric, symbolic, and emblematic of the sea. They pay homage to this fascinating creature in its habitat.

It's a static depiction and yet the object is moving right in front of our eyes, expanding our perspective and senses in many ways. It's a unique and extremely artistic portrayal of this aquatic subject."


» Visit Copley Society Website
» View Leviathan in the Animals Gallery

Serena Bates Elected to Allied Artists of America

May 12, 2021

So honored to be a newly elected artist member of the Allied Artists of America. To learn more about this organization, visit their website, or their Facebook Page.

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"Sir Penguin" Wins Award of Merit

May 7, 2021

My piece, "Sir Penguin" has been awarded the Award of Merit at the Copley Society of Art Summer Exhibition "Seaport". This exhibition runs from May 6 through August 29, 2021, in Boston MA.

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Meet the Artist: Serena Bates

April 25, 2021
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Meet award winning sculptor Serena Bates and hear how she goes about creating the many stunning sculptures of animals, figures and portraits and tells their stories.

Serena will demonstrate the lost wax process used in creating bronze sculpture and talk about her journey to becoming an accomplished sculptor.

There will be time after the presentation to talk one on one with the artist, walk through the gallery and talk about her pieces.

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Survivor Selected to Appear in CT River Museum Exhibit

March 5, 2021

"Survivor" has been selected as one of 40 pieces to appear in the Hands on the Land: Art and the Environment in the Connecticut River Valley exhibit by the CT River Museum.

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Serena Named Guest Juror for The Crossing 16th Annual Juried Exhibition

March 3, 2021

Serena Bates has been named the Guest Juror for the Hygienic Art organization in New London as they present their 16th Annual Juried Exhibition called The Crossing.

This exhibition continues with the original concept of getting folks to cross the bridge literally and become involved in Hygienic Art and downtown New London. This show is open to all themes and we hope to receive artists' most recent and best work.

» Hygenic Art Website

"I Am Woman" Wins Award at CAFA Exhibition

Feb 6, 2021

I am happy to report my piece "I am Woman" placed 3rd in the Annual Connecticut Academy of Fine Artists (CAFA) Exhibition.

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See "I am Woman" in the following Galleries:
» Ceramics
» Portraits
» All Sculptures

Interview with Ridgefield Press

Dec 7, 2020

Serena Bates was interviewed and featured by the Ridgefield Press on the 48th Annual Mark Twain Library Exhibition in Redding, CT. In additional news, the "Precipice" piece was sold from the exhibition!

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See "Precipice" in the following Galleries:
» Metal
» Portraits

"Paradise Lost" Wins Philip Isenberg Memorial Award

Nov 6, 2020

Nice surprise! I have won the Philip Isenberg Memorial Award for my sculpture piece "Paradise Lost" in the Annual Salmagundi Club Members Exhibition which ran October 20 - November 6, 2020.

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See "Paradise Lost" in the following Galleries:
» Animals
» Alternate Materials

Serena Bates: Featured Artist of the Lyme Art Association

Oct 22, 2020

Meet Serena Bates, one of the featured artists in the Lyme Art Association's Virtual Auction & Benefit. This online auction will feature extraordinary pieces by the talented artists of the Lyme Art Association. Bidding will begin on Friday, November 6th and run through Sunday, November 15th.

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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

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

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
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

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

Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club 125th Anniversary Annual Juried Exhibition
Jun 20 - Jun 30, 2022
Salmagundi Club
New York, NY
Award: Joseph Beardsley Sandor Memorial Award – Dolly on the Rocks

Academic Artists Association 72nd Annual Exhibition of Traditional Realism
May 12 - Jun 5, 2022
Arts Center East
Vernon, CT
Award: Award of Merit – Up Dog

ACGOW Regional Art Exhibition
May 6 - May 29, 2022
Artists Cooperative Gallery of Westerly
Westerly, RI
Award: Katherine Forest Crafts Foundation Mabel Kingsbury Rentress Award – Love Story, Sirena & Octavious

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Exhibitions

Allied Artists of America 109 th Annual Juried Exhibition
Sep 1, 2022 - Sep 1, 2023
On-Line https://www.alliedartistsofamerica.org
Jurors: Mitzura Salgian, Vincent Nardone, Evelyn Floret

95th Members Annual Exhibition
Jul 23 - Aug 13, 2022
South County Art Association
Kingston, RI
Jurors: Kevin Gilmore

Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts
Jul 2 - Aug 20, 2022
Lyme Academy of Fine Arts
Lyme, CT
Jurors: Kate Henderson, Instructor, Paier College of Art, & Michael Rose, Gallery Manager, Providence Art Club, Providence RI

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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