The Rockwell Center


James Montgomery Flagg (1877-1960), "She Sailed Majestically"

James Montgomery Flagg (1877-1960), “She Sailed Majestically Past the Wretch Followed Meekly by Septimus,” 1909. Illustration for “Septimus” (1909) by William John Locke. Ink on paper. Norman Rockwell Museum Collections, gift from Everett Raymond Kinstler.

The Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies (Rockwell-Center click here for website) is the nation’s first research institute devoted to the art of illustration. Officially launched in 2009, Norman Rockwell Museum’s 40th anniversary year, Rockwell Center will bring new scholarly attention and resources to the art of illustration, a hugely influential aspect of American visual culture that is only now being studied and appreciated. Through creating new online research tools and collections access, supporting scholarship, and spurring the collection and preservation of important artworks, Rockwell Center helps to establish a context for understanding the role of illustration art in shaping and reflecting American culture.

The endeavor builds on Norman Rockwell Museum’s history and accomplishments of 40 years—its internationally recognized stewardship of the art and archives of Norman Rockwell, America’s preeminent illustrator; its innovative work in digitizing the Museum’s art and archival holdings to make the “complete Rockwell” available to scholars and the public online; and its distinguished role as the nation’s leading presenter of illustration art through exhibitions and publications. Visit the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies Website.

Additional Resources:

Background on the art of illustration (pdf)

Museum exhibition history (pdf)

Illustrators presented in Norman Rockwell Museum exhibitions (pdf)

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