Newport Art Museum Announces New Initiatives, Honors the Late Jean DiBona

Mr. & Mrs. Vin Di Bona

It was a meeting both nostalgic and forward-looking, as the Newport Art Museum, celebrating and planning after a $4.7 million anonymous donation, acquainted members and friends about the expansion of several initiatives, and celebrated the life of the late Jean DiBona.

Portrait of Jean DiBona

Television producer and creator of "America’s Funniest Home Videos" and other programming, Vin DiBona, was on hand with a loving remembrance of his late mother through the years. Two portraits of her, one at 15 and one at 95, graced the Igenfritz Gallery, along with a collection of her hats, a fashion trademark.


NAM Executive Director Norah Diedrich welcomed Steven Richter to the Board and said farewell to four retiring members.  She called NAM the “miracle on Bellevue Avenue”, and vowed to “keep the momentum going,”  on  the successful initiatives being expanded: the Arts Campus, the three building comprising the Art Museum; expanded partnerships; the capacity to  grow the Board; and sustainability. The always anticipitated annual Artists’ Ball , a staple of the summer season, this year honors Dodie Kazanjian and Calvin Tomkins

Ms. DiBona's collection of hats, and her portrait at 15

John Grosvenor introduced the Peabody Award-winning producer Mr. DiBona, who gave a history in slides of his other and her support of his career, stating “behind every great man is a great mother”, with a slide of his star on the Hollywood Hall of Fame.  Some of her philosophies:  “never take no for an answer”, “reach for the stars”, and “always bring two hankies”.  She passed just short of her 99th birthday.

The audience and members heard the treasurer's report, and adjourned to cocktails and conversation.


The members assemble

The Newport Art Museum’s ongoing programs include Art After Dark, Mystery at the Museum, Art classes,Wet Paint, as well as summer camp and classes for kids. It also offers concerts, live theatre, art and book talks, family programming and special events throughout the year.

                                                                          -- L.P.

To see a full schedule of events, go to www.NewportArt

Brooke Roberts & Jay Coogan


Al & Bobbi Conti


Honorees Adelaide Rogers & Linda McGoldrick


Rod O'Hanley, Pamela Chapman, Sandra Craig & Richard Crisson


Two of Jean DiBona's ensembles


Jessica Hagen, Kristin McMannis & Brooke Roberts



Executive Director of NAM Norah Diedrich


The grounds and buildings



Defining the Museum's programs


Carl Helmetag read the Treasurer's report


Ms. Diedrich


The Strategic focus of the Museum


Pamela Chapman reads the Board Service Awards



Sandra Craig honors Linda McGoldrick


Sandra Craig & Brooke Roberts



Adelaide Rogers accepts her award


John Grosvenor introduces Vin DiBona



Mr. DiBona greets the audience


Jean di Bona gets a kiss on "America's Funniest Home Videos"


Tom Bergeron speaks with Jean DiBona on television


Perry & Elizabeth Lewis congratulate Mr. Di Bona


Francine Weiss & artist Jemison Faust


Patricia Peterson & Jae French


The reception


The annual event!

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