Local Artist Showcase - New Bedford Whaling Museum

Local Artist Showcase

Featured Artist
David Formanek
On View Now


IMAGE: David Formanek
Leander, Devonia, and Ichthian

Local Artist Showcase

First Floor

The New Bedford Whaling Museum proudly celebrates and showcases some of the talented artists of the region. The exhibition rotates regularly and is located on the first floor of the Museum. This is an area that is accessible for free, no admission required.

The New Bedford Whaling Museum supports Local Artists by exhibiting work in a large wall vitrine in Jacobs Family Gallery, a prominent location that is highly visible and free for visitors. The Museum promotes these exhibitions on its website and through our social media.

We invite local artists to apply to have their work featured in our Local Artists Case!

Submit your application via email to: localartists@whalingmuseum.org  Please do not call or email. You will be contacted by a member of the curatorial department if your submission has been selected.

Please refer to the FAQ below for more information and application requirements.

On View Now

Featured Artist: David Formanek

The current artist featured in the Museum’s Local Artists Case is David Formanek. Formanek has an MFA from University at Albany, SUNY, where he studied archaeology and geology, and has studied architecture at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard.

He states: “Like so many artists before me, I owe a debt to classical mythology. In Roman religion, a numen was a spirit of a particular place. These Tivertonumens are uniquely local, made from bedrock that I cut and polish, and from the roots of brambles that, if I let them, would surround my house like Sleeping Beauty’s castle. The lives of roots are recorded in the shapes they grow in their quest for water, shapes suggesting mysterious creatures of the Underworld. Careful sawing and filing reveal those forms. I add color, and harden them with acrylic plastic, a museum conservation technique."