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Blechman Gift to Norman Rockwell Museum

  Earlier this summer, the acclaimed illustrator, animator, children’s book author, graphic novelist, and editorial cartoonist R. O. Blechman donated one of his works of art to the Norman Rockwell Museum. This work had been shown in Blechman’s spring 2013 museum exhibition, R. O. Blechman: The Inquiring Line, one of the series of focus exhibits the […]

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A Day in the Life of a Museum Volunteer

I am very excited to be joining a dedicated and enthusiastic group of volunteers at Norman Rockwell Museum. Anyone reading this blog already knows what a special place this is; the museum building gives the visitor a comfortable and pleasant way to experience Norman Rockwell’s works, and also to see whatever special exhibitions the museum offers.

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The Adventures of an Artist Biographer

In his 1960 autobiography, My Adventures as an Illustrator, Norman Rockwell provides a revealing chapter that documents his process of creating the iconic painting, Family Tree (1959). Keeping with the family theme, the artist asked his son/writer Tom Rockwell to help with the book.

Learn more about the challenges of this time-honored craft during Norman Rockwell Museum’s new Thursday night lecture series, “Impossible Craft: The Artist’s Biography.” Next up: a look at the life of American realist master, Edward Hopper, with biographer, Gail Levin, Ph.D. on Thursday, July 24, 5:30 p.m.

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Photo of Norman Rockwell in studio with "Murder in Mississippi," 1965.

Remembering Mississippi

Saturday, June 21, marks the 50th anniversary of the 1964 slaying of civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and James Chaney in Philadelphia, Mississippi—a pivotal moment in America’s Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. In the beginning of 1965, Norman Rockwell embarked on an intensive five-week session to illustrate the tragic news story that took place during 1964’s Freedom Summer, ignoring other commissions in the process—the result was one of his most intense works.

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Stockbridge, MA—A Home for Illustrators and Artists at the Turn of the Century.

Did you know that prior to Norman Rockwell and his family moving to Stockbridge, Massachusetts in 1953, that Stockbridge had been a locale with its own bevy of artists and illustrators? And not just the sculptor Daniel Chester French (1850-1931) either. While Daniel Chester French had grown up in Concord, Massachusetts, he had also lived […]

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