For nearly 50 years, millions of Americans brought Norman Rockwell’s art into their homes, enjoying the artist’s Saturday Evening Post covers while seated in their favorite chairs, surrounded by their belongings in the company of their families. This intimate connection with Rockwell’s art made his images a part of the fabric of American lives. This comprehensive exhibition of original Saturday Evening Post cover tear sheets features each of Norman Rockwell’s illustrations for the publication, created between 1916 and 1963.

“Saturday Evening Post” cover, March 1, 1941. “Girl Reading the Post” by Norman Rockwell, 1941. ©1941 SEPS: Curtis Publishing, Indianapolis, IN. Tear sheet from Norman Rockwell Museum Collections.


Born in New York City in 1894, Norman Rockwell always wanted to be an artist. At age 14, Rockwell enrolled in art classes at The New York School of Art (formerly The Chase School of Art). Two years later, in 1910, he left high school to study art at The National Academy of Design. He soon transferred to The Art Students League, where he studied with Thomas Fogarty and George Bridgman. Fogarty’s instruction in illustration prepared Rockwell for his first commercial commissions. From Bridgman, Rockwell learned the technical skills on which he relied throughout his long career.

Rockwell found success early. He painted his first commission of four Christmas cards before his sixteenth birthday. While still in his teens, he was hired as art director of Boys’ Life, the official publication of the Boy Scouts of America, and began a successful freelance career illustrating a variety of young people’s publications.

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Photos by Norman Rockwell Museum © 2016
Photos by Norman Rockwell Museum © 2016
Photos by Norman Rockwell Museum © 2016
Photos by Norman Rockwell Museum © 2016
Photos by Norman Rockwell Museum © 2016
Photos by Norman Rockwell Museum © 2016


Dec 02

Season’s Greetings

December 2 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Dec 15



Rockwell Rising       Saturday Evening Post         May/June 2016 issue


The Cover Girl (Girl Reading the Post) Framed Giclee Print
From $96.00

“Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post March 1, 1942.

To assure a successful cover, Rockwell grabs the viewer’s attention with a trick he matches the cover girl’s face perfectly to the schoolgirl’s body. By picturing a reader so engrossed in the Post, Rockwell emphasizes the interest and allure of the magazine, thus promoting its sale on newsstands. Beyond the gimmick, a story of growing up emerges in the simple scene of commuting to school. A young girl will soon leave behind her scuffed saddle shoes for polished heels and her cozy mittens for kidskin gloves.

Commemorative John F. Kennedy Issue of The Saturday Evening Post

A complete reprint of the original December 14, 1963 issue of The Saturday Evening Post featuring the last cover by Norman Rockwell ever published by the magazine.

Norman Rockwell 2017 16-Month Small Wall Calendar

Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post 16 Month 2017 Small Wall Calendar.

Norman Rockwell, the beloved pictorial narrator, began illustrating covers for The Saturday Evening Post in 1916, an association that lasted nearly half a century. His greatest covers are anecdotes about average Americans, each a scene telling a story with a remarkable amount of detail. Conveying extraordinary warmth and humor, these twelve reproductions of his work prove Rockwell’s art is also a form of entertainment.


Museum of Northwest Colorado, Craig, CO     May 14 – November 2, 2012

Fort Collins Museum of Art, CO     September 4, 2015 – November 1, 2015


This exhibition is no longer available for hosting. Please refer to our list of exhibitions that are available for hosting here…