Contemporary artists have continued Rockwell’s tradition of capturing the essence of the American experience, creating scenes based upon their own favorite pastimes. This March, Norman Rockwell Museum is proud to present the latest in its Distinguished Illustrator Series of exhibitions: ”Baseball, Rodeos, and Automobiles: The Art of Murray Tinkelman” will be on view at the Museum from March 29 through June 15, 2014.
A transformational outcome of a collections development initiative launched five years ago, Norman Rockwell Museum today announced the acquisition of the art and archives from the Famous Artists School in Westport, Connecticut, nearly doubling the Museum’s collections. This major gift comprises more than 5,000 un-catalogued artworks, including several original works created by Norman Rockwell, plus an archive of hundreds of thousands of items.
The Annual Berkshire County High School Art Show returns for its 28th year at Norman Rockwell Museum with a special exhibition opening to be held on Saturday, February 8, from 2 to 4 p.m. Enjoy an afternoon in celebration of the talented young artists from Berkshire County high schools, and meet the creators of the works on view; at 2:30 p.m. enjoy a lecture about professional opportunities for artists by illustrator John Roman.
Norman Rockwell Museum’s Four Freedoms Forum series returns on Thursday, January 23, at 5:30 p.m., with a look at divisions in American politics, and how to get past the impasse. Featured speakers will include James A. Arpante, Professor of Business, History and Government at Berkshire Community College; Jim Bronson, Chairman of the Berkshire County Republican Association; Dr. Alan Chartock, President and CEO of WAMC Northeast Public Radio; and Sheila Murray, Chairwoman for The Berkshire Brigades. Community conversation at the Four Freedoms Forums is free and open to the public.
Norman Rockwell Museum will present an afternoon tea and talk with author Jane Allen Petrick, author of “Hidden in Plain Sight: The Other People in Norman Rockwell’s America,” on Saturday, January 18, starting at 2 p.m. Ms. Petrick’s book explores in-depth, for the first time, the stories of Asian, African, and Native Americans who modeled for and appeared in Rockwell’s artwork. The author will discuss her intensive research, partially conducted at Norman Rockwell Museum, that has made her publication possible.