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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.

 

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

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

 

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

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

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
Mark Selkowitz
Steven Spielberg
Richard B. Wilcox

NATIONAL COUNCIL 2016 – 2017:
Elizabeth Bender & William Zavarello
Jeffrey & Brenda Bleustein
Elizabeth Broun
Jack & Martha Campbell
Douglas Clark & Ruth Ann McNees
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
Tucker Reed
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 Services 413-931-2221
Museum Store 800-742-9450
Archives 413-931-2251
Name/Dept. Position Extension
Director’s Office
Laurie Norton Moffatt Director/CEO 413-931-2232
Sharon Brigham Executive Assistant to the Director 413-931-2232
Jana Purdy Project Manager 413-931-2227
Business Office
Jill Gellert Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer 413-931-2229
Alisa Blanchard Finance Manager 413-931-2268
Gail Burgner Bookkeeper 413-931-2201
Human Resources
Holly Coleman Director of Human Resources 413-931-2228
Development
Michelle Clarkin Chief Advancement Officer 413-931-2206
Debbie Greene Director of Institutional Giving 413-931-2235
Tara Shimandle Membership & Data Base Manager 413-931-2234
Bailey Girvan Development Officer 413-931-2264
Rebecca Barrow Development Associate 413-931-2265
Curatorial
Stephanie Plunkett Deputy Director/Chief Curator 413-931-2208
Venus Van Ness Archivist 413-931-2251
Jesse Kowalski Curator of Exhibitions 413-931-2210
Mary Melius Manager of Traveling Exhibitions 413-931-2245
Martin Mahoney Director of Curatorial Operations 413-931-2262
Thomas Mesquita Registrar 413-931-2278
Joe Tonetti Exhibitions Preparator 413-931-2209
Barbara Rundback Associate Registrar/Curatorial Assistant 413-931-2263
Education
Patrick O’Donnell Education Program and Outreach Manager 413-931-2233
Tom Daly Curator of Education 413-931-2252
Digital Engagement
Richard Bradway Director of Digital Learning and Engagement 413-931-2230
Dan Heck Digital Engagement Specialist 413-931-2250
Visitor Services
Laura Berliner Director of Visitor Experience 413-931-2204
Carolyn Grogan Manager of Visitor Services 413-931-2221
Marketing/Comm/PR
Margit Hotchkiss Deputy Director for Audience & Business Development 413-931-2240
Jeremy Clowe Manager of Media Services 413-931-2290
Ellen Mazzer Sales & Marketing Coordinator 413-931-2239
Museum Store
Mike Duffy Manager of Museum Store 413-931-2237
Kyle Hatch E-Commerce/Sales Associate 413-931-2242
Leslie Boudreau Floor Coordinator 413-931-2225
Sales Office 800-742-9450
Warehouse
Crystal Missaggia Warehouse Coordinator 413-931-2270
Facilities
David Slick Jr. Director of Facilities 413-931-2202
Safety & Security
Shaun Mackie Lead Security Officer 413-931-2293
Information Technology
Frank Kennedy IT Manager 413-931-2216