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"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.

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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."


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» 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

"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.

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

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

Audubon Artists 79th Annual Exhibition
Oct 25 - Nov 5, 2021
Salmagundi Club
New York, NY
Juror: Michael Cagno, Executive director and Curator of Noyes Museum of Art, NJ
Award: "Upward Dog", Marion & Gill Roller Memorial Award

National Show: "Connected Land and Sea"
Jun 17 - Jul 18, 2021
Copley Society of Art
Boston, MS
Juror: Don Demers
Award: Second Place "Leviathan"

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Exhibitions

113th Annual Thumbbox Exhibition
Nov 23, 2021 - Jan 1, 2022
Salmagundi Club
New York, NY

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

Audubon Artists 79th Annual Exhibition
Oct 25 - Nov 5, 2021
Salmagundi Club
New York, NY
Juror: Michael Cagno, Executive director and Curator of Noyes Museum of Art, NJ

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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