Brenda Garand

Artist-in-Residence John Newman’s Sculptures Employ the ‘Beauty of Surprise’

“John Newman makes serious happy sculpture and happy serious sculpture—without ever losing track of either of those qualities,” wrote a Wall Street Journal reviewer last March of Newman’s solo show at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery in New York City. The celebrated sculptor, whose often-playful pieces combine such disparate materials as glass, tree bark, and tulle, now brings his talents to Dartmouth as the winter term artist-in-residence.

Studio Art Professor Brenda Garand, who took a Queens College sculpture course taught by Newman in the 1980s, is delighted to have her former teacher on campus. “John’s complex work draws from many sources, which include his knowledge of art history, his travels, and his own voice as a contemporary sculptor,” she says. “His work embraces differences through the beauty of surprise; for instance, gourds and gold leaf might rest on a marble pillow. And John’s sharp mind will add to the intellectual life of our students. It is an honor to have him here at Dartmouth College.”