Howard Newman

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Howard Newman
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Howard Newman in 2016
Known forFine art, art restoration, invention

Howard Newman is an American painter, sculptor, art restorer, and inventor.[1]


Howard Newman was born in Elizabeth, NJ, in 1943. He received a BA from Miami University of Ohio, where he studied Architecture, Cultural Anthropology, Sociology and Classical Literature.[2] After graduating from Miami University, Newman and his wife Mary entered Peace Corps training in a Special Forces training camp in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, where the two learned fluent Spanish and Survival Training. In 1967, Newman was accepted to the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). In 1969 he received a BFA in Industrial Design and an MFA in Sculpture with a concentration in Silversmithing under the mentorship of master metalsmith John Prip.[3]

Newman was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Italy in 1961; he and his wife Mary resided in Impruneta, south of Florence. There, Newman began making bronze sculptures.[4] In 1973 and 1974, Newman and his wife gave birth to their children, Joshua A.C. Newman and Rachel Newman-Greene.[3] Newman and his wife returned to Italy for another year between 1985 and 1986 and lived in Pietrasanta, north of Pisa, where he worked in La Fonderia Mariani, creating a series of bronzes, including two now on the grounds of the Newport Art Museum.

As of 2016, Newman continues to work at his private studio located in Newport, Rhode Island.[1]


Restoration of a marble bust of Alexis Caswell

Currently, Newman and his staff restore a wide range of art objects made of mixed materials, including silver, gold, bronze, tin, iron and zinc.[5] Newman spent a decade working on projects for the Preservation Society of Newport County. He exhibited some of those restorations at the Century Association in New York City in the year 2000.[6] Newmans’ company is responsible for the restoration of Brown University’s John Hay Library collection of marble busts.[7]

Restoration is a bit like forensics, history and archaeology all together. You work backwards until you find where something changed or broke down to understand it.

— Howard Newman, "Built to Last"[8]

Restoration of "The Trinity"[edit]

In 2008, Newman and his company undertook the restoration of The Trinity Crucifix, the centerpiece of The Church of St. Gregory the Great on the campus of Portsmouth Abbey. The Trinity was crafted by American sculptor Richard Lippold in 1960’s, consisting of a 22,000-foot web of gold-plated brass wire. The wires radiate from the hands of the cross above the head, suspending the crucifix ten feet above the altar.[9] The artisans from Newmans Ltd. carefully untangled the deteriorating wire, and restrung the five miles of wire into the original configuration, along with the restored crucifix.[10]

Portsmouth Abbey Crucifix

The restoration project received a 2009 Rhody Award for Historic Preservation by the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission and 2009 Honor Award for Historic Preservation from the American Institute of Architects of Rhode Island.[11]


In 2011, in partnership with Len Katzman, Howard Newman started Sigma Surfacing LLC, an intellectual properties venture. He presently holds several patents pending.[1][12]

Fine art[edit]




  • Marshall Scholarship
  • Fulbright Scholarship, 1961[13]
  • Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Fellowship, 1978[14]
  • American Academy of Arts and Letters Award, 1980[15]
  • American Academy in Rome Rome Prize, 1980[16]
  • AIA Connecticut Design Award Preservation Honor, 2013[17]


  1. ^ Mecklenburg, Virginia M. "Search Collections." Howard Newman. Smithsonian American Art Museum, n.d. Web. 12 May 2016.
  2. ^ a b RI Art Archive Project. "In The Studio: Howard Newman." N.p., 12 Dec. 2013. Web.
  3. ^ Newton, Ernie. "Newport, Rhode Island’s Own Artist Howard Newman | Spring Seasons Inn & Tea Room." Spring Seasons Inn Tea Room RSS. Spring Seasons Inn, 12 May 2009. Web. 12 May 2016.
  4. ^ Bernon, Bernadette. "The Metalsmith." Design New England Sept. 2007: n. pag. Web
  5. ^ "Newman Restoration Exhibit Draws Supporters to New York City." Newport Gazette, Summer 2000: n. pag. Print., No 147
  6. ^ Newmans Ltd. "Cleaning and Filling of Gaps in Historic Marble Busts." Cleaning and Filling of Gaps in Historic Marble Busts. Restoration Trades Directory, n.d. Web. 16 May 2016.
  7. ^ Sabato, Cindy. "Built to Last." Newport Life 2008: n. pag. Print.
  8. ^ Thompson, Chloe. "Restoring the Spirit of a Chapel at Portsmouth Abbey School." The Providence Journal n.d.: n. pag. Print.
  9. ^ Kahn, Eve M. "Wired: Preserving the Installations of Richard Lippold." The New York Times. The New York Times, 08 Jan. 2009. Web. 12 May 2016.
  10. ^ Warren, Quentin. "A Cross as Memorial." Faith and Form (2013): 14-15. Print.
  11. ^ Newman, Howard. "Envelope system for solar, structural insulated panel, modular, prefabricated, emergency and other structures". Google Patents. Google Patents. Retrieved September 23, 2016.
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