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Every new moment of every new day is an opportunity to create one’s life anew. Most moments we force to appear the same as the one before, and mistake their similarity for security. Or, we can choose to live a life of invention, where every moment is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Howard Newman‘s early training was in Architecture at Miami University of Ohio where, after three years of studying Design, Engineering and Structures, he came to understand the primacy of a liberal arts education. After completing an open project in 1963 for which he designed a self sustaining moon station, and for which he received the department’s highest grade, Howard left the Department of Architecture to study Anthropology and Sociology. In February of his senior year’s first semester final exams he and Mary eloped in a raging snowstorm. That summer he received his BA from Miami. After graduation, Howard and Mary entered Peace Corps training in a Special Forces training camp in Arecibo, Porto Rico, where the two learned fluent Spanish and Survival Training – how to be tied up and survive in deep water, to belay from the top of a two-hundred foot high dam, and to survive in the jungle.
The Newmans remained in the United States and became part of the Federal VISTA program in Laredo, Texas, where they created, with twenty other volunteers, a city-wide system of neighborhood councils that controlled and distributed anti-poverty funds to build streets out of creek beds, and tutor the citizenry in the fundaments of democracy.
While still in VISTA, after turning down a full scholarship to the University of Pittsburg for a Master’s Degree in Community Organization, Howard went to work as a legal aid with Mobilization For Youth in New York City, where he worked to modernize the city’s antiquated welfare system.
But, after three months, he saw that his talents lay elsewhere, and applied to The Rhode Island School of Design, where he became a silversmith under the tutelage of John Prip, known as the Dean of American Silversmiths. After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design, and a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture, Howard was awarded a Fulbright Grant to work in Italy where, in a sixteenth-century farmhouse ten kilometers south of Florence, he began making bronze sculpture.
Upon his and Mary’s return to the United States, Howard connected with the Cordier and Ekstrom Gallery in New York City. From 1973 through 1986 Howard, with his dealer, Arne Ekstrom, produced seven one-man shows. With Cordier & Ekstrom and dealers Gail Feingarten of Los Angeles, and Grace Hokin of Palm Beach, Florida, Howard produced over two hundred bronzes, along with paintings and drawings. The results of that work can be seen at the Newmans, Ltd. website.
Also in 1973 and 1975, Mary and Howard gave birth to their children, Joshua and Rachel.
At the end of the 1980’s, Howard and Mary began their company, Newmans, Ltd., focusing on using Howard’s talents and fascination with solving unusual problems for the restoration of art objects including the complete metal contents of Touro Synagogue, America’s oldest Jewish house of worship, in Newport, Rhode Island, and the 22,000 foot gold wire sculpture, Trinity, by Richard Lippold at The Church of St. Gregory The Great, at Portsmouth Abbey and School in Portsmouth, Rhode Island.
In 2011, Howard and Len Katzman formed Sigma Surfacing, LLC, dedicated to developing Howard’s inventions.
The writing, photographs (not including imports from other sources which are noted where possible), videos and overall design of this website, the fine art site and the Newmans, Ltd. site is by Howard with the help of Mary and many wonderful assistants.
Howard and Mary live, work, and enjoy their children, grandchildren and friends in an 1840’s house in the center of Newport, Rhode Island.