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ABOUT THE MUSEUM

OUR MISSION

About Norman Rockwell Museum

The Norman Rockwell Museum houses the world’s largest and most significant collection of Rockwell art.

Norman Rockwell Museum presents, preserves and studies the art of illustration and is a world resource for reflection, involvement and discovery inspired by Norman Rockwell and the power of visual images to shape and reflect society.

The Museum advances social good through the civic values of learning, respect and inclusion and is committed to upholding the rights and dignity of all people through the universal messages of humanity and kindness portrayed by Norman Rockwell.

MUSEUM HISTORY

Founded in 1969 with the help of Norman and Molly Rockwell, Norman Rockwell Museum is dedicated to the enjoyment and study of Rockwell’s work and his contributions to society, popular culture, and social commentary. The Museum, which is accredited by the American Association of Museums, is the most popular year-round cultural attraction in the Berkshires.

The Museum houses the world’s largest and most significant collection of Rockwell’s work, including 998 original paintings and drawings. Rockwell lived in Stockbridge for the last 25 years of his life. Rockwell’s Stockbridge studio, moved to the Museum site, is open to the public from May through October, and features original art materials, his library, furnishings, and personal items. The Museum also houses the Norman Rockwell Archives, a collection of more than 100,000 items, including working photographs, letters, personal calendars, fan mail, and business documents.

Having spent its first 24 years at the Old Corner House on Stockbridge’s Main Street, the Museum moved to its present location, a 36-acre site overlooking the Housatonic River Valley, in 1993. Internationally renowned architect Robert A. M. Stern designed the Museum gallery building.

One of the great charms of the Museum is its location. Many of Rockwell’s world-renowned images were drawn from the surrounding community and its residents. “The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, must be one of the most popular museums in the world,” wrote author Paul Johnson, “crammed from dawn till dusk with delighted visitors crowding round the originals of much-loved paintings. And one of the further pleasures of this enchanting place is that in the nearby little towns you can recognize among the locals the children and grandchildren of those whom Rockwell painted with dedicated veracity.”

CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

NORMAN ROCKWELL’S STUDIO

Rockwell occupied some 20 studios during his life, but it was the last one—seen below—that he called his “best studio yet.” The building was originally located in the backyard of his home on South Street in Stockbridge, Mass. In 1976, toward the end of his life, Rockwell left the studio and its contents to Norman Rockwell Museum. The building was cut in two and moved to the Museum’s grounds in 1986.

The Museum has long presented the studio as it was when Rockwell passed away. Now, we have turned back the clock to an earlier, active period in his career: October 1960, when he was hard at work on his painting, Golden Rule, which would later appear on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post. Enjoy this special glimpse into Rockwell’s surroundings, working process, and sources of artistic inspiration…just as they were in 1960!

NORMAN ROCKWELL’S
323 SATURDAY EVENING POST COVERS

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.

MAIN STREET STOCKBRIDGE AT CHRISTMAS

Rockwell’s 1967 painting, Main Street Stockbridge at Christmas (Home for Christmas) has come to represent the epitome of the “quintessential New England town.”

Stockbridge Mainstreet at Christmas (Home for Christmas), Norman Rockwell. 1967.

 

Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), "Freedom of Speech," 1943

Freedom of Speech
©1943 SEPS: Licensed by Curtis Publishing, Indianapolis, IN

"Freedom from Want," Norman Rockwell, 1943. Norman Rockwell Museum Collections. ©1943 SEPS: Curtis Publishing, Indianapolis, IN

Freedom from Want
©1943 SEPS: Licensed by Curtis Publishing, Indianapolis, IN

 

"Freedom of Worship," 1943, Norman Rockwell (1894-1978). Oil on canvas, 46” x 35 ½”. Story illustration for "The Saturday Evening Post," February 27, 1943. Norman Rockwell Museum Collections. ©1943 SEPS: Curtis Publishing, Indianapolis, IN

Freedom of Worship
©1943 SEPS: Licensed by Curtis Publishing, Indianapolis, IN

Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), "Freedom From Fear," 1943

Freedom from Fear
©1943 SEPS: Licensed by Curtis Publishing, Indianapolis, IN

THE FOUR FREEDOMS

In his January 1941 address to Congress, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt articulated his vision for a postwar world founded on four basic human freedoms: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. In the spring of 1942, Norman Rockwell was working on a piece commissioned by the Ordnance Department of the U.S. Army, a painting of a machine gunner in need of ammunition. Posters of the gunner, titled Let’s Give Him Enough and On Time, were distributed to ordnance plants throughout the country to encourage production. But Rockwell wanted to do more for the war effort and decided he would illustrate Roosevelt’s four freedoms. While mulling it over, Rockwell, by chance, attended a town meeting where one man rose among his neighbors and voiced an unpopular view. That night Rockwell awoke with the realization that he could paint the freedoms best from the perspective of his own hometown experiences using everyday, simple scenes such as his own town meeting.

The paintings were a phenomenal success. After their publication, the Post received 25,000 requests for reprints. In May 1943, representatives from the Post and the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced a joint campaign to sell war bonds and stamps. They would send the Four Freedomspaintings along with 1,000 original cartoons and paintings by other illustrators and original manuscripts from The Saturday Evening Post on a national tour.

Traveling to sixteen cities, the exhibition was visited by more than a million people who purchased 133 million dollars in war bonds and stamps. Bonds were sold in denominations of $25, $100, and $1,000, and each person who purchased one received a set of prints of the four paintings.

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ARCHIVES

The Norman Rockwell Archive contains more than 100,000 photographs, letters, and other rare mementos.

A visit to the Museum is an uplifting experience. Founded in 1969 with the help of Norman and Molly Rockwell, the Museum is dedicated to the enjoyment and study of the work of America’s favorite artist. The Museum’s changing Norman Rockwell exhibitions present an illustrated chronicle of American life and showcase our nation’s ideals of kindness, tolerance, democracy, and freedom, as interpreted through the artist’s spirit, wisdom, and gentle humor.

New York Times photo of Famous Artists School Collection at NRM

ANNUAL REPORT

The Annual Report for Norman Rockwell Museum Fiscal Year 2018

A visit to the Museum is an uplifting experience. Founded in 1969 with the help of Norman and Molly Rockwell, the Museum is dedicated to the enjoyment and study of the work of America’s favorite artist.

This Annual Report summarizes the strides that Norman Rockwell Museum has taken in the Fiscal Year 2018. Read a message from the Director, FY 2018 aquisitions, exhibitions, publications, people, measures of success, and the Annual Report archive.

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MUSEUM LEADERSHIP

DIRECTOR
Laurie Norton Moffatt……Director/CEO

BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Board of Trustees 2017-18
September 15, 2017

OFFICERS (names are repeated in list below):
Robert Horvath……………Chairman
Alice Carter…………………President
Jamie Williamson…………1st Vice President
John V. Frank……………..Treasurer
Peter Williams…………….Clerk

TRUSTEES:
Brian J. Alberg
Robert Babcock
Dolf Berle
Peter Blum
Alexander J. Brown
Terry Burman
Alice A. Carter
Douglas Clark
Anthony M. Consigli
Walter & Mary Jo Engels
John V. Frank
Audrey Friedner
David Glodt
Mary K. Grant, Ph.D.
Johnny Haney
William W. Hargreaves
Louise A. Holland
Deborah D. Hoover
Robert Horvath
John Hyson
Richard Kelly
George & Valerie Kennedy
Carol Konner
Edward (Ned) Lamont
Magdalen B. Livesey
Jorja-Ann P. Marsden
Roberta McCulloch-Dews
Duncan Pollock
Ramelle Pulitzer
Marian Raser
Daisy Rockwell
David Schwartz
Marion Simon, Ed.D.
John T. Spellman
Ron Walter
Peter Williams
Jamie R. Williamson
Michael Wynn

TRUSTEES EMERITI:
Lila W. Berle
Ruby Bridges
Paul W. Ivory
David L. Klausmeyer
Mark A. Krentzman
Wendell Minor
Anne H. Morgan
Perri Petricca
Thomas L. Pulling
Steven Spielberg
Richard B. Wilcox

NATIONAL COUNCIL 2017 – 2018:
Elizabeth Bender & William Zavarello
Jeffrey & Brenda Bleustein
Elizabeth Broun
Jack & Martha Campbell
Carl & Eunice Feinberg
Timothy & Susan Fidler
Nancy Fitzpatrick & Lincoln Russell
Tom & Sue Kornacki
Barry & Pamela Kriebel
Ted & Betsy Lewin
Steven Lomazow
Joanna Miller
Ron Miller
Michael Shane Neal
Deval & Diane Patrick
Michael & Heidi Poterala
Ann Daly Printon
Edward L. Pulling
Chuck Pyle & Tina Hittenberger
Elihu & Susan Rose
Tom & Kim Ruffing
John & Laura Savio
Fred Seibert
Ted Slavin
Arthur & Saundra Susser
Jamie & Laura Trowbridge
Judy Francis Zankel

MUSEUM STAFF

Main Phone: 413-298-4100

Name/Dept.Phone Number
General Information
Visitor Services413-931-2221
Museum Store800-742-9450
Human Resources413-931-2228
Archives413-931-2251
Name/Dept.PositionExtension
Business Office
Jill GellertChief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer413-931-2229
Lesley HamiltonFinance Manager413-931-2268
Gail BurgnerBookkeeper413-931-2201
Curatorial
Stephanie PlunkettDeputy Director/Chief Curator413-931-2208
Venus Van NessArchivist413-931-2251
Jesse KowalskiCurator of Exhibitions413-931-2210
Mary MeliusManager of Traveling Exhibitions413-931-2245
Jana PurdyCuratorial Project Coordinator413-931-2227
Martin MahoneyDirector of Curatorial Operations413-931-2262
Thomas MesquitaRegistrar413-931-2278
Joe TonettiExhibitions Preparator413-931-2209
Barbara RundbackAssociate Registrar/Curatorial Assistant413-931-2263
Development
Ellen SpearChief Philanthropy Officer413-931-2206
Debbie GreeneDirector of Institutional Giving413-931-2235
Bailey GirvanSenior Development Officer413-931-2264
Tara ShimandleMembership & Data Base Manager413-931-2234
Alexa WichowskyDevelopment Associate413-931-2265
Digital Engagement
Richard BradwayDirector of Digital Learning and Engagement413-931-2230
Dan HeckDigital Engagement Specialist413-931-2250
Director’s Office
Laurie Norton MoffattDirector/CEO413-931-2232
Sharon BrighamExecutive Assistant to the Director413-931-2232
Education
Mary BerleChief Educator413-931-2253
Patrick O’DonnellEducation Program and Outreach Manager413-931-2233
Tom DalyCurator of Education413-931-2252
Facilities
David Slick Jr.Director of Facilities413-931-2202
Human Resources
Holly ColemanDirector of Human Resources413-931-2228
Information Technology
Frank KennedyIT Manager413-931-2216
Marketing/Comm/PR
Margit HotchkissChief Marketing Officer413-931-2240
Jeremy CloweManager of Media Services413-931-2290
Ellen MazzerSales & Marketing Coordinator413-931-2239
Museum Store
Mike DuffyManager of Museum Store413-931-2237
Kyle HatchE-Commerce/Sales Associate413-931-2242
Leslie BoudreauFloor Coordinator413-931-2225
Sales Office800-742-9450
Safety & Security
Shaun MackieLead Security Officer413-931-2293
Visitor Services
Laura BerlinerDirector of Visitor Experience413-931-2204
Susan FaberAssistant Visitor Services Manager413-931-2221
Warehouse
Crystal MissaggiaWarehouse Coordinator413-931-2270
Jennifer SommervilleWarehouse Assistant413-931-2246
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