Norman Rockwell captured the likenesses of many national figures during his career, and in 1960, he was commissioned by The Saturday Evening Post to paint portraits of Presidential candidates Senator John F. Kennedy and Vice President Richard M. Nixon. To prepare for the painting of Kennedy, Rockwell arranged to pose and photograph Kennedy at his home in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts.
Recently, award-winning illustrator Tim O’Brien was invited to take inspiration from Norman Rockwell’s 1960 Triple Self Portrait by Smithsonian art director Maria Keehan, to highlight several stories in the October issue of the magazine. Among them is an article titled The Real Norman Rockwell by author/art historian Deborah Solomon, whose upcoming book, American Mirror: The Life and Art […]
Intern Hattie McLean has taken the Norman Rockwell Museum by storm this summer! A gifted young scholar from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, she has immersed herself in life in the education department, from working with school and camp groups to assisting with special programs for all ages. “Being at the Norman Rockwell Museum has inspired me to explore ideas I’ve developed while studying the artwork here, giving school group tours, working with outreach students and observing the museum environment,” she has commented. Her blog, which appears below, offers fascinating insights into her experience. Thank you, Hattie!
This spring, Norman Rockwell Museum staff enjoyed the pleasure of a visit from Dr. Susan Birns, Professor of Sociology/Anthropology/Social Work, and the enthusiastic young schoars in her American Family class at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA). The group joined Curator of Education Tom Daly and Deputy Director/Chief Curator to explore the power of published art and the messages about gender roles and family life reflected in the illustration art of the mid-twentieth century. After their visit, the class took inspiration from the works on view to complete an assignment from Dr. Birns, who invited them to analyze Rockwell’s art within the context of their studies. We appreciate the opportunity to share the thoughts of five of Dr. Birns outstanding students, including Lindsay Roy, Gregory James, Mary Ferrara, Brittany Galipeau, and Meghan Maguire. We know you’ll enjoy their comments too.
A exciting new feature on our website, New Perspectives on Illustration, written by emerging scholars, will offer fresh perspectives on published art. The outstanding analysis here by MICA graduate illustration student Kevin Valente was inspired by illustrator Barry Blitt’s “Bromance,” an August 2012 cover for The New Yorker. This fall, the Norman Rockwell Museum continues its educational collaboration with Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Stephanie Plunkett, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, and Joyce K. Schiller, Ph.D., curator of the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies, teach a Critical Seminar course at MICA for an outstanding group of students in the Master of Fine Arts Illustration Practice Program, chaired by award-winning illustrator Whitney Sherman. Enjoy Kevin Valente’s piece, and look for more compelling commentary on the art of illustration soon.