This month on February 3, in the midst of a snowy but beautiful Berkshire winter, we’ll be celebrating the 117th anniversary of Norman Rockwell’s birth. In 1912, at the age of 18, Rockwell landed the first of many successful art commissions for the Boy Scouts of America, launching a creative partnership that lasted throughout his legendary career.
Nearly one hundred years later, we look forward to paying tribute to the creativity of youth by presenting our 25th Annual Berkshire County High School Art Show, which opens on February 5. The creativity of Berkshire County’s high school students and their teachers is clearly evident in the works on view—from abstraction to realism and three-dimensional assemblages, every possible approach to art is explored in this vibrant installation.
Dedicated to the art of illustration in all its variety, Norman Rockwell Museum is honored to present Elwood’s World: The Art and Animations of Elwood H. Smith, the first in a series of Distinguished Illustrator exhibitions honoring the unique contributions of outstanding contemporary visual communicators, opening on February 19. Like many throughout the world, I have long admired Elwood H. Smith’s warm, witty humorous illustrations, and his drawings and animations are sure to bring a smile. I hope you will join us for the festive openings of these exciting exhibitions, and for the many related programs that we know you will enjoy. Please stop in to say hello—I look forward to seeing you at the Museum soon.
Stephanie Haboush Plunkett
Deputy Director/Chief Curator, Norman Rockwell Museum