New Bedford Whaling Museum to Host Symposium on one of New Bedford’s Finest 19th Century Artists

Saturday, April 8, Inner Light: The World of William Bradford

New Bedford, Mass. – The New Bedford Whaling Museum will host a symposium, Inner Light: The World of William Bradford, on the life and era of the New Bedford-born, highly acclaimed artist on Saturday, April 8 from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. Tickets are $25 for Museum members and $35 for non-members. Registration is required at or by calling 508-997-0046.

The symposium will feature several lively lectures and discussions to honor Bradford (1823-1892) and his masterpieces. Lecture themes include artists that traveled to the Arctic, the age of the “Great” paintings, and the first art exhibition in New Bedford.

The Whaling Museum has the world’s most comprehensive collection of Bradford pieces, many of which have been part of the comprehensive exhibit, Inner Light, which takes a retrospective view of his life, travels, career, connections, and influence. The symposium will mark the end of the exhibition, which is in May.

William Bradford was an explorer, a painter, and an entrepreneur. His affiliations with some of the most prominent artists, collectors, and thinkers of his time placed him in an influential role at the center of culture and fine art in the mid-19th century.

Lecture topics and speakers will include:

  • New Bedford Whaling Museum Collection of William Bradford
    Christina Connett, Curator of Exhibitions and Collections
  • William Bradford and His Contemporaries
    Barbara Moss, Independent Scholar and Collector
  • The Art of Exploration: William Bradford and the Mythos of the North
    Russell A. Potter, Ph.D., Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and Rhode Island College Professor of English and Director of Media Studies
  • William Bradford’s External Light
    Keith Kauppila, Independent Scholar and Curator
  • Arctic RegionsPhotography: Voyages to Greenland, 1869 & 2012
    Michael Lapides, Director of Digital Initiatives 
  • No Small Event: The 1858 New Bedford Art Exhibition
    Janice Hodson,Curator of Art, New Bedford Free Public Library

 New Bedford Harbor at Sunset









View of the Sermitsialik Glacier








Caption: New Bedford Harbor at Sunset. William Bradford, 1858.

Caption: View of the Sermitsialik Glacier. William Bradford, 1873.


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New Bedford Whaling Museum


About the New Bedford Whaling Museum
The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world's most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of human interaction with whales through time, and the history and culture of the South Coast region. The cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in the heart of the city's historic downtown. Museum hours: January through March, Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; April through December, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.  Admission is free for Museum members and children aged three and under; adults $16, seniors (65+) $14, students (19+) $9, child and youth $6. For more information visit