Local Artist Showcase - New Bedford Whaling Museum
Ron Fortier Painting of Arctic Disaster

Local Artist Showcase

Featured Artist
Ron Fortier
On View Now

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.

On View Now

Featured Artist: Ron Fortier

Fire & Ice / Fortune & Folly

"The four pieces on exhibit in Fire & Ice / Fortune & Folly represent a fascination with individuals caught between the proverbial rock and a hard place. The work is a continuing exploration of the New Bedford Arctic Whaling Disaster of 1871. Thirty-three whaling vessels in that ill-fated expedition, a majority hailing from the port of New Bedford, were trapped and crushed by the ice. This series contemplates, through psychological rather than photographic reality, the challenges they faced.— Ron Fortier

Painter Ron Fortier was born in New Bedford. He received his B.F.A in Painting from Southeastern Massachusetts University (University of Massachusetts Dartmouth) and his M.F.A. in Painting from the University of Miami. Fortier has exhibited locally, nationally, and internationally. His work is in public and private collections in the United States and Europe. Fortier lived and maintained a studio in Figueira da Foz on the Silver Coast of mainland Portugal before returning to South Coast Massachusetts. He now lives across the river from New Bedford in historic Fairhaven.